In our summer issue of Modern In Denver magazine, we featured a renovated modern ranch home in the Belcaro Park neighborhood. Wanting to know more about ranch homes and their history, we caught up with David Bell from Cool Ranch Colorado. Read on for his six fun facts about ranches.
1. Ranch style homes were the settings on many beloved TV shows of the ’60s and ’70s. “Bewitched,” “I Dream of Jeanie,” “Marcus Welby M.D.,” “The Brady Bunch” (tri-level below), and “Golden Girls” all featured ranch homes.
2. Area builders have seen demand for ranch style homes increase over the past few years. Ranch homes are approximately 20 percent more expensive to build than two-story homes, as more land is needed, but home buyers also understand that ranch homes are more energy efficient and value the indoor / outdoor living aspect and open plan living.
3. In the 1950s, nine out of 10 new homes built were ranch style homes.
4. A popular variation of the ranch style home is the raised ranch. The foundation serves as an additional floor. The resulting home may be built into a hill to some degree or have a portion of the home a half level above and below ground. Classic examples of these are in Arapahoe Acres in Englewood.
5. The following are key elements of ranch style homes:
- Single Story
- Long, low roofline
- Asymmetrical rectangular, L-shaped or U-shaped design
- Simple, open floor plans
- Living areas separate from bedroom areas
- Sliding glass doors opening onto patios
- Large windows
- Simple interiors
6. There are many neighborhoods in the greater Denver area where ranch homes are the dominant style home, including: Virginia Village, University Hills, Crestmoor, and older Englewood, to name a few.