Ranch Dress­ing

Think you know ranch style homes? To­day’s log home ranch de­signs just might sur­prise and in­spire you.

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Think you know ranch style homes? To­day’s log home ranch de­signs just might sur­prise and in­spire you.

Ranch-style homes are surg­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, but these are not the dull, lin­ear de­signs of the 1950s and ’60s. To­day’s sin­gle-level houses em­ploy cre­ative an­gles and strate­gic floor plans that per­form flaw­lessly for ev­ery life stage, from young fam­i­lies to re­tirees. Use these in­no­va­tive ex­am­ples and de­sign tips to ar­range the right ranch for your daily rou­tine.

2 Use the na­ture of the ranch plan to cre­ate sep­a­ra­tion be­tween the sleep­ing spa­ces. In this home, the mas­ter suite, in­clud­ing the util­ity room and study, oc­cu­pies its own wing of the house (note the di­rect ac­cess to the laun­dry room from the mas­ter bath) while the an­cil­lary bed­rooms are on the op­po­site side of the house with the great room, din­ing area and kitchen be­tween them. An­other stroke of ge­nius is the bump-out from the garage to the kitchen, so un­load­ing the gro­ceries is a breeze. 3 Ranches don’t have to be straight. Try de­sign­ing your home around a cen­tral court­yard, such as in this re­source­ful plan. To the right are the com­mon ar­eas; to the left, three bed­rooms, in­clud­ing the mas­ter suite. To econ­o­mize, the two sec­ondary bed­rooms share a Jack-and-Jill bath. The laun­dry room is also con­ve­niently lo­cated in this wing, to make short work of the wash.

4 This home turns the tra­di­tional way of ranch think­ing on its ear. The great room is set an an­gle and is iso­lated from the bed­rooms by a breeze­way that bends at an el­bow and is sur­rounded by out­door liv­ing space. Op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­door/out­door flow abound with a ranch, so be sure to take ad­van­tage of them. In­side, changes in ceil­ing height cre­ate vis­ual in­ter­est.

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