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Ranch-style, split-entry, or two-story… What’s the right style for your family? This week, we’re going to look at different floor plan styles you may be thinking about in planning out your new home.
Ranch-style homes are currently the most popular type of home in America. Why are they so popular?
- Ranch-style homes offer an enduring design. While they did fall out of style in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, the resurgence of popularity in the late ‘90s proved that they were coming back.
- Ranches are relatively affordable in the grand scheme of the real estate market. In addition, the single-story layout is appealing to both baby boomers and young families who prefer to avoid the steep staircases of multi-level homes.
- Ranch-style homes integrate easily with the outdoors surrounding them and provide better indoor-outdoor flow. With open windows, they can offer unparalleled views of nature and foster a sense of harmony with the elements.
- Ranch-style homes offer a sense of laid-back living. Because they’re laid out on one floor, they’re often built on spacious lots with large yards.
- Because of their horizontal layout, ranch-style homes are also relatively easy to add on to. Without stairs or needing to support another floor, the homeowner can just opt to extend out.
- Ranch-style homes are in great demand right now, which means that they offer great resale value for homeowners.
Split-entry homes are probably the most-argued about floor plan. Realtor.org even offered an article titled, “Split-Level Homes: Outdated or Underrated?” So what makes this style of home popular still today?
- Split-entry homes can be built on smaller lots than ranch-style homes.
- Split-entry homes can be built more affordably than other styles.
- Split-entry homes can offer a spacious feel, with a cathedral ceiling in the main living areas of the home.
- Split-entry homes can boast a casual, open layout.
Two-story homes gained popularity with their traditional layouts of bedrooms on the second floor and living space below. A more modern take on the two-story design places the master suite on the main level, in order for homeowners to “age in place” later. Two-story homes can also feature basements that can be used for additional bedrooms, more room for entertaining guests, exercise rooms, and more. What continues this popularity trend for two-story homes?
- Two-story homes offer more square footage with a smaller footprint (smaller lot size).
- Two-story homes offer a view from the second story.
- Two-story homes offer balcony potential.
- Two-story homes offer distinct separations between your living areas and your bedrooms.
- Two-story homes boast stairs and banisters that kids will love sliding down!
Want to keep reading about our floor plans? Check out:
- Our blog post, Which Floor Plan Is Right For You?
- Our ranch-style home plans
- Our split-entry home plans
- Our two-story home plans
At Homestead Homes, we have been helping people design and build their dream homes since 1995. We provide you with a road map and let you make all the decisions. We are currently building in Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, & Iowa. We would love to help you today, contact us for more information!