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The Ranch Home: Design Elements and Characteristics

A ranch home is a popular style characterized by one-level living and low maintenance. The design originated from early California settlers who inspired southern California architect Cliff May to create the first modern ranch-style home in 1932. Today, countless variations of the original ranch home exist, such as the suburban ranch, raised ranch, and patio home.

Design Elements of the Ranch Home

Ranch homes are modest one-story homes with a low-to-the-ground profile that stretches horizontally rather than vertically. A low-pitched roof with wide, overhanging eaves covers them. They typically have an L- or U-shaped layout surrounding a patio in the backyard. Ranch homes are flexible enough to adapt comfortably to different roof lines, and virtually any material used in modern homebuilding can look good on or in a ranch home.

Common Characteristics of a Ranch Home

One-Story Homes

At a basic level, a ranch is a one-story home. There are split-level ranch homes, ranch homes with bonus rooms, and ranch homes with basements, but genuine ranch homes do not have two or more full stories. A one-story ranch is adaptable for people of any age. If it has a basement, it's even more sought after in today's market as it has additional storage space or entertainment spaces below the main level. Basements in ranch homes are often large as ranches usually need to take up more yard footprint to accommodate similar living areas to a multi-story home.


The most common design for a roofline on a ranch home is a comparatively low pitch. Sometimes rooflines on ranches contain dormers. It is also common for one or more gabled roofs to exist perpendicular to the main roofline. These can add depth and space forward or to the back of the house and are an easy way to add character.


A typical characteristic of a well-thought-out ranch home does not have symmetrical lines. This asymmetry lends itself to the malleable design qualities of a ranch. Since it's unnecessary for one side to mirror-match the other side of a room or even the other side of the house, you can create dramatic spaces like midcentury modern living rooms with a fireplace and windows that end before they become symmetrical.

Exterior Siding

Exterior materials used for ranch homes generally conform to the climate found near the home and those found on homes of different styles in the region. There are no taboo siding materials for a ranch. As with most houses, the most common roofing material is the typical asphalt shingle. However, metal roofs have become much more than a trend and come in many colors to complement the color of the siding.


Windows are a primary architectural element in ranch home design. Clerestory windows are standard in midcentury modern designs and serve multiple functions, bringing natural light in from a different angle that adds to the feeling of space and energy while freeing up wall space for art, furniture, or anything else. They do this while helping to maintain additional privacy from neighbors. They are perfect for highlighting trees or other outdoor elements.

Types Of Ranch Homes In Pittsburgh

Suburban Ranch

Suburban ranch homes, also known as traditional ranch homes, are a popular style of single-story homes that are commonly found in suburban areas. These homes are characterized by their long and low profile, with a simple rectangular or L-shaped design. Suburban ranch homes typically feature an open floor plan, with the living room, dining room, and kitchen flowing seamlessly into each other. Bedrooms and bathrooms are located on one side of the house, with the master bedroom often featuring an en suite bathroom.

Suburban ranch homes are an excellent option for families or individuals looking for a functional and comfortable living space that is easy to maintain. The exterior of suburban ranch homes is usually made of brick, stone, or wood siding, with a gabled or hipped roof. Many suburban ranch homes also feature large windows and sliding glass doors that open onto a patio or deck, allowing for easy indoor-outdoor living.

Raised Ranch

A raised ranch home is a unique hybrid style with a split foyer, a common characteristic. As you enter the front door, you can take half a flight of stairs to the traditional ranch-style living spaces, including the bedrooms, kitchen, and main living areas. Alternatively, you can take the stairs down to the garage on one side of the house and an additional finished space that can be used as a flex space for an office, den, playroom, media room, or anything else that is less desirable to have on the main level on the other side of the house.

Raised ranch homes are known for efficiently using available square footage, with some even featuring vaulted ceilings on the main level. However, the garage being below kitchen level and the split foyer can make an awkward entry for those unfamiliar with the style. Despite these drawbacks, raised ranch homes are affordable for those looking for a unique and economical manner of living. Raised ranches are relatively common in the Pittsburgh area due to the hilly geography.

Patio Home

Patio homes, also known as garden homes or cluster homes, are single-story homes designed for low-maintenance living. These homes are typically built on smaller lots, with shared green spaces and amenities like swimming pools, tennis courts, or walking trails.

Patio homes are a popular option for retirees, empty-nesters, or anyone looking to downsize to a more manageable living space. Patio homes are designed to provide a comfortable and functional living space while minimizing the need for yard work and exterior maintenance. These homes typically feature an open floor plan with high ceilings, large windows, and sliding glass doors that open onto a private patio or courtyard.

The exterior of patio homes is usually made of low-maintenance materials like stucco or vinyl siding, with a flat or low-pitched roof. Many patio homes also feature a small front yard maintained by the homeowner's association, allowing residents to enjoy the benefits of a beautifully landscaped yard without the hassle of mowing the lawn or trimming the hedges.

Where Can I Find A Great Ranch Home To Buy In Pittsburgh?

Are you looking for a great ranch home to buy in Pittsburgh? You're in luck! You can find ranch homes virtually everywhere in the city, ranging from under $100,000 to multi-million dollar properties.

If you're interested in finding your dream ranch home, contact our team and let us know your preferences. We're here to help!

How Do I Search For Ranch Style Homes In Pittsburgh?

To search for ranch homes for sale in Pittsburgh or its surrounding areas, go to our website and select "Style" in the "Additional Features" section of the advanced search page. From there, you can narrow your search by selecting "Ranch or 1 Level" or "Raised Ranch", your preferred cities, and other criteria.

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Pittsburgh is a competitive market, and ranch homes are less common and thus very desirable. Choosing a knowledgeable real estate agent who understands the hyperlocal market is essential.

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