For retirees, ranch-style homes are an affordable home option which includes many appealing features. Depending on the particular design, ranch homes may be easier to maintain, cheaper to heat and cool, and quieter to live in. Ranch homes are also popular with retirees because their one-story designs mean homeowners don’t have to run up and down stairs throughout the day.
While ranch homes are single-story, not every one-level home is built with a ranch-style design. Ranch homes, also known as ramblers, typically spread out with rectangular, elongated floor plans. Bedrooms are often located down long hallways, separate from the kitchen and living room. However, newer ranch-style homes may feature open floor plans with the master bedroom suite and additional bedrooms flanking the main living area.
To allow in plenty of light, ranch homes are traditionally designed with a number of large windows. They commonly include sliding-glass doors which lead to patios for outdoor living, as well as attached garages for all-weather convenience. Open floor plans further add to a ranch home’s spacious, airy feel.
Retirees shopping for ranch homes may choose an older home in a well-established neighborhood or a new construction home in an active adult community. Older homes may have the added appeal of all-brick exteriors, working fireplaces, hardwood floors and even some interior brick work. Newer designs may reflect more recent trends, such as open kitchens with large islands and more luxurious master bedroom suites.
Whether choosing an older or newer home, ranch designs also include many of the same appealing elements. Learn more here!