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Ranch Style House Plans

Ranch Style House Plans

Attractive Ranch house plan with brick and white lap siding and front porch with columns.

Contemporary ranch home plans combine a classic look with modern amenities. The original ranch homes of the 1960s were considered luxurious for their wide, sliding glass doors that opened to sprawling patio and backyard areas. Today, a new generation of ranch homes offers more “extras” from which to choose than your parents could have imagined! Think ranch house plans with open floor plans, master bedroom suites with spa-style bathrooms and walk-in closets, “mother-in-law suites” with plenty of privacy and separation, spacious kitchens complete with a countertop island, in-home office spaces, and of course, the ample patio space (perfect for summer grilling!) that helped popularize this style home from the start.

The beauty of a ranch house plan is its flexibility. This classic home floor plan can be adapted to any family configuration or stage of life. To add square footage to ranch homes, The Plan Collection provides the option of a basement. The advantages of building on a basement rather than a slab foundation are increased livable and storage space, as well as less exterior area to finish. For these reasons, the selection of a basement foundation is the most common variation of the traditional one-story ranch-style home.

Ranch House Plans: Beginnings, Variations, and Updates

Simple in their design, ranch plans first captured the imaginations of the post-WWII American middle class in the 1950s and 1960s. During this era of rapid suburbanization, lots of homes were affordable and generously sized, and the ranch house-plan layout had mammoth appeal. The popular California Ranch (as they were originally called) featured a long rectangular shape with a shallow-pitched hip roof that extended across a single- or double-car garage. Key to the popularity of the “golden age” ranch home plans was their comfortable size—usually three bedrooms and two baths—contained neatly and accessible on one floor.

In the 1980s and 1990s, the ranch style house lost ground to more multi-story “McMansion” style housing trends, with homebuyers and homebuilders racing to add more square footage per plot of land, often compromising on quality with cheaper building materials.

Fast forward to the present. Today, ranch homes are enjoying a renaissance. Designers are looking back to original ranch homes as inspiration for versatile, high-value single story home plans – and in many cases, luxurious homes. Ranches offer cost-effective square footage, open and harmonious common areas that are well suited to entertaining, and everyday living made accessible without the need for stairs. The Plan Collection’s ranch house plans combine old and new styles to give homeowners a one-of-a-kind look to call their own.

Looking for something stylish and different from the Wonder Years style ranch home? You can now find a ranch-style house to suit any set of updated tastes and preferences. Far beyond the standard brick of the 1950s and 1960s, homebuilders can choose from a huge palette of exterior finishes.

See how these houses have evolved and why they have prevailed as a home-design classic by browsing The Plan Collection’s portfolio of more than 3,000 unique ranch home plans.

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Front Elevation Photo of this Craftsman Cottage Home (#142-1067) at The Plan Collection.
1675 Sq Ft.
From $995.00
3 Bedrooms
1 Floor
2 .5 Bathrooms
2 Garage Bays
Color rendering of Country home plan (ThePlanCollection: House Plan #141-1175)
1800 Sq Ft.
From $950.00
3 Bedrooms
1 Floor
3 .5 Bathrooms
2 Garage Bays
Front photo of Country home plan (House Plan #142-1049)
1600 Sq Ft.
From $995.00
3 Bedrooms
1 Floor
2 .5 Bathrooms
2 Garage Bays
Front elevation of Ranch home (ThePlanCollection: House Plan #136-1000)
2184 Sq Ft.
From $1020.00
4 Bedrooms
1 Floor
2 .5 Bathrooms
2 Garage Bays
Front elevation of Country home (ThePlanCollection: House Plan #142-1170)
2641 Sq Ft.
From $1095.00
4 Bedrooms
1 Floor
2 .5 Bathrooms
2 Garage Bays
Front elevation of Country Ranch (ThePlanCollection: House Plan #174-1043)
1277 Sq Ft.
From $510.00
3 Bedrooms
1 Floor
2 .5 Bathrooms
0 Garage Bays
Front elevation of Craftsman home (ThePlanCollection: House Plan #141-1245)
1818 Sq Ft.
From $950.00
3 Bedrooms
1 Floor
2 .5 Bathrooms
2 Garage Bays
Front Elevation Photo of this Ranch Home (#142-1078) at The Plan Collection.
1798 Sq Ft.
From $995.00
4 Bedrooms
1 Floor
2 .5 Bathrooms
2 Garage Bays
Front Elevation Photo of this Acadian House (#142-1069) at The Plan Collection.
1715 Sq Ft.
From $995.00
3 Bedrooms
1 Floor
2 .5 Bathrooms
2 Garage Bays
Color rendering of Country home plan (ThePlanCollection: House Plan #106-1283)
2531 Sq Ft.
From $1135.00
3 Bedrooms
1 Floor
3 .5 Bathrooms
3 Garage Bays
Craftsman influenced home (ThePlanCollection: Plan #109-1013)
1831 Sq Ft.
From $945.00
3 Bedrooms
1 Floor
2 .5 Bathrooms
2 Garage Bays
Front elevation of Country home (ThePlanCollection: House Plan #142-1008)
1400 Sq Ft.
From $945.00
3 Bedrooms
1 Floor
2 .5 Bathrooms
2 Garage Bays
Front elevation of Texas Style home (ThePlanCollection: House Plan #136-1028)
1092 Sq Ft.
From $890.00
2 Bedrooms
1 Floor
2 .5 Bathrooms
0 Garage Bays
This image shows the front elevation of these Country Homeplans.
953 Sq Ft.
From $845.00
2 Bedrooms
1 Floor
1 .5 Bathrooms
0 Garage Bays
Front Elevation Photo of this Craftsman House (#142-1102) at The Plan Collection.
2639 Sq Ft.
From $1095.00
4 Bedrooms
1 Floor
3 .5 Bathrooms
2 Garage Bays
Color rendering of European home plan (ThePlanCollection: House Plan #142-1009)
1500 Sq Ft.
From $995.00
3 Bedrooms
1 Floor
2 .5 Bathrooms
2 Garage Bays
Cottage home (ThePlanCollection: #142-1079)
1800 Sq Ft.
From $995.00
3 Bedrooms
1 Floor
2 .5 Bathrooms
2 Garage Bays
Western Craftsman 4-bedroom home (ThePlanCollection: House Plan #161-1049)
4936 Sq Ft.
From $1600.00
4 Bedrooms
1 Floor
4 .5 Bathrooms
3 Garage Bays
Traditional style ranch home (ThePlanCollection: House Plan #142-1004)
1200 Sq Ft.
From $945.00
3 Bedrooms
1 Floor
2 .5 Bathrooms
1 Garage Bays
European style home (ThePlanCollection: Plan #153-2019)
2252 Sq Ft.
From $730.00
3 Bedrooms
1 Floor
2 .5 Bathrooms
3 Garage Bays
Contemporary home plan (ThePlanCollection: House Plan #161-1085)
2593 Sq Ft.
From $1400.00
4 Bedrooms
1 Floor
4 .5 Bathrooms
3 Garage Bays
3 Bed
2 .5 Bath
1675 Sq Ft.
1 Floor
From: $995.00

3 Bed
3 .5 Bath
1800 Sq Ft.
1 Floor
From: $950.00

3 Bed
2 .5 Bath
1600 Sq Ft.
1 Floor
From: $995.00

4 Bed
2 .5 Bath
2184 Sq Ft.
1 Floor
From: $1020.00

4 Bed
2 .5 Bath
2641 Sq Ft.
1 Floor
From: $1095.00

3 Bed
2 .5 Bath
1277 Sq Ft.
1 Floor
From: $510.00

3 Bed
2 .5 Bath
1818 Sq Ft.
1 Floor
From: $950.00

4 Bed
2 .5 Bath
1798 Sq Ft.
1 Floor
From: $995.00

3 Bed
2 .5 Bath
1715 Sq Ft.
1 Floor
From: $995.00

3 Bed
3 .5 Bath
2531 Sq Ft.
1 Floor
From: $1135.00

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2 .5 Bath
1831 Sq Ft.
1 Floor
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3 Bed
2 .5 Bath
1400 Sq Ft.
1 Floor
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2 .5 Bath
1092 Sq Ft.
1 Floor
From: $890.00

2 Bed
1 .5 Bath
953 Sq Ft.
1 Floor
From: $845.00

4 Bed
3 .5 Bath
2639 Sq Ft.
1 Floor
From: $1095.00

3 Bed
2 .5 Bath
1500 Sq Ft.
1 Floor
From: $995.00

3 Bed
2 .5 Bath
1800 Sq Ft.
1 Floor
From: $995.00

4 Bed
4 .5 Bath
4936 Sq Ft.
1 Floor
From: $1600.00

3 Bed
2 .5 Bath
1200 Sq Ft.
1 Floor
From: $945.00

3 Bed
2 .5 Bath
2252 Sq Ft.
1 Floor
From: $730.00

4 Bed
4 .5 Bath
2593 Sq Ft.
1 Floor
From: $1400.00