I grew up in a ranch house, live in one now, and in my current neighborhood am watching them routinely being torn down to oftentimes be replaced by unfortunate mega-boxes. While ranches aren't perfect, their strengths and benefits are often overlooked. So here's to a new series about the liveabilty and allure of ranches and ways to sensitively bring them into the 21st century without going the route of the pop-up.

Featured in the Sep-Oct 2009 issue of D Home, Lori and Rick Golman, the owners of this 1950s ranch, admit it wasn't love at first site. “It’s a basic ranch house. It was affordable, but you wouldn’t drive up to it and go, ‘Wow,’” she says. But the Golmans looked past the 1970s decor and realized the house was exactly what they needed. It had good bones and a great floor plan." (article by Laura Kolsteny, photography by Timothy Kolk)
Their remodeling plays on the strong connection ranch houses can have with their outdoor environment. Love this pool area with the wall of tasteful sliding glass doors. It expands the feel of the space and brings the outdoors in, a popular trend today.

The simple aesthetic of the architecture is a perfect backdrop for a mix of antiques and modern elements.
Finding a way to elevate the ceiling in select rooms can make a ranch home feel more expansive and architecturally interesting.
Have you ever lived in a ranch house? What did you love about it?
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