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Exterior view of a single level Ranch-style home by The Home Company

Living Your Best Life in a Ranch Style Home

September 20, 2022

Finding the right style of home for you and your family is essential to living your best life in your forever home. With so many different options, it might be hard to decide which one is the right one for you. Do you need something easy to maintain? A place that can grow as your family does? A ranch-style home may be your answer.

The Home Company is happy to share that we’re offering new ranch-style homes in our Gallery 23 community. These will continue to be built with the quality construction, energy efficiency, and superior craftsmanship found throughout our homes. In the meantime, let’s review some of the benefits of this style of home.

The Key Benefits of Single Level Homes

What is a Ranch Style Home?

Ranch-style homes are a very popular choice. But what exactly defines this type of home? The two main features of this style are that they are single-story and that they have an open concept layout. Though the shape of the home can vary, many of them are built with a “U” or “L” shape. Things like attached garages, sliding glass doors, and a low-pitched roofline are also commonly found features of this home style. The distinct architectural design of ranch-style homes provides many benefits for homeowners.

Easy Single Level Living

Ranch-style homes are typically one-story and are considered single-level homes. This is a huge draw as it allows easy access to everything in the home. Imagine waking up in the morning and easily walking from your bedroom to the kitchen for a fresh cup of coffee. You’ll also find that it’s much easier to complete daily activities and chores. For instance, with the laundry room and bedrooms on the same level, you can save time on laundry with a quick walk down the hall versus carrying heavy loads up and down the stairs. This is especially convenient for those forgetful moments when you’re in a hurry and leave something in one of the bedrooms. Rather than running upstairs (which can be unsafe), you can access what you left more easily in single-level homes.

Open Living Areas

Another great benefit of ranch-style homes is the open, spacious layout. This often makes even smaller ranch homes feel large and airy. The open design creates a wonderful flow between the kitchen and living areas because there are no walls to separate them. You, your family, and your guests can better connect and have quality time together here. You can also enjoy some privacy as these floor plans commonly split the home into the sleeping area and the living area. No more waking others up while grabbing a midnight snack or preparing breakfast in the kitchen.

Having open living spaces is also a great way to allow more natural light throughout the home due to the large windows and sliding glass doors. This also makes it easy to enjoy outdoor living spaces like a patio. Sometimes you can have the option to access outdoor areas through the primary bedroom or an office room.

Safe & Simple to Maintain

With everything on one level, you’ll find that ranch-style homes are safer than two-story homes and much easier to maintain. Since there are no stairs, there’s no risk of slipping and falling. This is especially important if you live with elderly parents or small children. Not having stairs also provides an easier escape in emergencies. If there’s a fire, you can safely and quickly escape from a single-story home by climbing out of the window.

Keeping the home clean and well maintained is much easier in this style of home. Cleaning a house is already a taxing chore, but with only one floor to clean, it’s a little easier. No lugging a vacuum cleaner up the stairs or running up and down to grab cleaning supplies. Getting windows, gutters, and hard-to-reach spaces clean in a ranch style is a lot easier too. 

Affordability

Overall, ranch-style homes are reasonably priced. Though there are larger options available, smaller versions can provide just as much comfort at a great price. Especially if you’re a first-time home buyer, it’s a great starter home option that’s affordable and efficient. Also, because of the common single-level style, it’s perfect for saving on utility costs. With a ranch home that’s one story, it takes a lot less energy to cool and heat the home all year round. And The Home Company homes have a low HERS (Home Energy Rating System) score, making sure your home is energy efficient all around. Ranch-style homes in our Gallery 23 community located in Fremont start in the $280’s.

Forever Home For Everyone

No matter what stage of life you’re in, ranch-style homes provide benefits for everyone and can continue to grow with you. As mentioned before, it’s a great starter home. If you’re a young couple and thinking about starting a family, you’ll have a home with plenty of room that’s safe for young children. As your children grow, you can still benefit by being able to spend quality time in the open living spaces and hear if things get rowdy in the bedrooms. Once they’ve grown and moved out, you’ll be able to update bedrooms for designated use, like an office or craft room. Ranch-style homes will still be a great choice when you reach retirement age and need a place that’s mobility friendly with open spaces to relax in.

Though mainly known for single-level living, ranch-style homes have changed over time. Today, you can find 5 different types of ranch-style homes.

  • California Ranch – A functional, modern type, usually with an “L” or “U”-shape and a designated courtyard space.
  • Storybook Ranch – Has ornate exterior designs and often comes with a steep, gabled roof, a decorative chimney, and tall, diamond-shaped windows.
  • Suburban Ranch – Usually comes with an attached garage and is more compact than the California type.
  • Raised Ranch – Two-story or “split-entry” option with the staircase at the entrance connecting up to the living areas, and then down to the garage and basement on the lower level.
  • Split-Level Ranch – Also has a staircase at the entrance to link floors, but 3 floors with staggering living spaces.

Single Level, Ranch-Style Homes are Now Selling from The Home Company!

We’re excited to start expanding our collection of homes in the Gallery 23 community. This community is located in Fremont, Nebraska. Currently, you can find newly constructed townhomes and single-family homes for sale, and we’ve recently introduced our ranch-style homes for sale. They are carefree and stair-free to offer all of the benefits of single-level living. You can also expect open living space with spacious bedrooms all on the same floor. The best part is that we also offer exterior maintenance, so you can live an even more carefree lifestyle. Below are four available homes in this community that you can make yours today, all featuring 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, and 1,342 square feet of carefree living!

2102 Aaron Way

2012 Aaron Way

2114 Aaron Way

2115 Aaron Way

Once you’ve settled into your new ranch home, you can enjoy the many opportunities that Gallery 23 has to offer. This mixed-use development is built around Lake Galleria, a 14-acre and 25-foot deep lake. Residents can take advantage of endless fun in the water, like paddle boating, kayaking, and fishing. For growing families, there are on-site schools from elementary to high school.

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