ranch homesIt is possible to add “ranch homes” to the common phrase “as American-as baseball and apple pie.” The new phrase would have a different ring, however. The ranch-style, one-story ranch-style house was first built in the 1930s. It has a simple, open layout and is low to the ground. Ranch homes started to appear all over the United States during the 1950s, but it was only after the post-World War II economic boom.

The ranch house was a family home that offered both a comfortable lifestyle and likability. It had bedroom wings that extended into the yards and courtyards and patios that mingled with the interior spaces. 

In the 1970s, land prices rose and people wanted more space and larger living spaces. Multi-story homes became the norm. The sprawling ranch was soon out of fashion for decades.

You’ll see ranch homes as the “it thing” again if you fast forward to the present.

Who Wants A One-Story Home?

The National Association of Home Builders released a study that showed that 64 percent of home buyers would prefer a one-story home. Preference increases with age: Millennials (35%), Boomers (49%), Seniors (88%), and Gen X’ers (49%).

What Caused The Interest in Ranch Homes?

Ranch homes are a popular choice for Baby Boomers and first-time homebuyers as well as those who just want to be safe, simple, and accessible. Here are some reasons why the single-story structure and custom homes is still in demand.

Advantages Of Homes With

Single-Level Living Space

You don’t have to climb the stairs since the primary living areas, including the primary suite, laundry room, and the kitchen, are all located on the first floor. This is an excellent choice for home buyers of all ages if they are looking to bring an elderly family member with them.

One-level living is a great option for families with young children. They don’t need to worry about blocking stairs with heavy child safety gates. Single-story homes are also easier to evacuate in the event of a fire.


Universal Design features can be easily integrated into a ranch’s 1-story floor plan by custom home builders. This feature is appreciated by homeowners who wish to age in their home and remain there for as long as they can.

Open Floor Plans

Ranch-style floor plans are more open and flowy, which can provide comfort and convenience. Extra floor space allows for easier furniture movement and makes the home feel more spacious.

Ranch homes in Myrtle Beach can also be a great option for modern-loving homeowners who want a more open layout.

Ease of Maintenance

It is easier to maintain a ranch-style home than a two-story house. There’s no need to drag a vacuum up and then down the steps or climb a ladder to dust the foyer chandelier or clean the windows. Single-story homes also make it easier to clean the exterior walls, gutters, or roofing.

Save Money

Ranch homes may be more affordable than similar-sized two-story homes, according to some homeowners. This could be true or false depending on many factors. It is possible that single-story homes will be more expensive to heat or cool, depending on their construction and square footage.

Indoor-Outdoor Flow

Ranch homes are typically single-story, L-shaped properties that have one story. They also feature large windows which make them attractive to nature-lovers. Ranch-style houses can have large doors that lead out to a patio or deck to create a flow between indoors and outdoors.

The classic ranch-style single-story home has been redesigned by custom home builders in Myrtle Beach to meet today’s needs and lifestyles. Ranch homes are ideal for those just starting out, or downsizers who want their perfect forever home.

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