Iconic American Design Styles – Part 3

In the past two posts we’ve covered two of the most iconic American design elements found in homes starting from the 18th century all the way to homes today. Different elements have been taken from different styles across the globe and integrated to modern styles today.
Many of those elements are in today’s featured iconic American design style, which happens to be one of the most recognizable and popular styles in American history.

Ranch Style
 Ranch style homes are among the most recognizable home designs in history today. Ranch style homes were built to be an escape from the city life of long hours and hard work so the homeowner could come home and relax with loved ones in the “great room” floor plan. Made popular in the 1950’s, and especially in the Preston Hollow area of Dallas interior design s and homes.

Ranch style homes have unique floor plans. Rarely does a ranch style home have more than one story because it’s designed to stretch across the property horizontally. The design highlights large rooms as “family rooms” and places special emphasis on the kitchen and other rooms that will be used for entertainment. In Texas – we’d call it ‘sprawling’.

Sliding glass doors, panoramic views over the backyard and large overhanging roof lines all contribute to one of the most popular styles – and especially in Dallas interior design – in all of American history.

Do you live in a ranch style home? What are some of your favorite elements of this design?