It should come as no surprise to any regular of Mid Mod Midwest that I LOVE Mid-Century Ranch houses. Sometimes if feels all I can talk about! But there’s a good reason for that: Ranches ARE GREAT!!!
Check out this three minute video to learn why! Or just scroll down for a text summary if you are in more of a reading than a watching mood!
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How “they” say you find your Mid-Century Dream Home
I saw another article today about the process of finding and purchasing perfect a mid-century gem: familiarizing yourself with a list of big-name architects, learning the locations where they built their Signature Homes, and wondering whether you should be willing to move across the country to live in one.
I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to wait for a once in a lifetime opportunity or move across the country. You can find a wonderful mid-century of your own (right where you live) much more easily.
How to realistically find yours:
Mid-century ranches are everywhere. There are 15 million of them in America. And, they are one of the most affordable home types on the market.
Here’s the formula: take a modest mid-century builder-grade Ranch and give it a tune-up
Why I love Mid-century Ranch Houses
The right size
Have you heard of Goldilocks? Not too big and not too small.
A great location
Mid-century Ranch houses are usually found in walkable, mid-century neighborhoods. They are close to schools libraries, parks, and local businesses.
Ranches were built to a standard of construction that is hard to match today. They use materials you can no longer get at any price.
Ranches were built for casual modern lifestyles that are very well suited to the way people live today.
Easy to add onto
If you DO need to adjust your floor plan, you can! The rectangular form, and simple gable roof of a standard Ranch, mean it’s easy to put an addition on the back or front. You can add on the living room, home office, or extra bedroom that you need.
Finally, no matter how basic your Ranch is, it’s guaranteed to have some elements of mid-century charm. Original brass light fixtures, honey blond wood trim, fieldstone fireplace, or an old fashioned telephone nook between the kitchen and dining room – you’ll find something!
What are you waiting for?
With a few well done updates (and upgrades) any Builder basic ranch can become your mid-century modern Dream Home.
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