We have repeatedly mentioned that back in the 1920’s there was a lot of interest in “Kit Homes” that people bought from Retail Store Catalogues. Sears is probably the most widely known for selling these homes that were all precut so that construction on-site would be quick and something that the owner could “easily” put together themselves. The definition of “Easily” was certainly up for discussion.
A lot of the “Kit Homes” were Ranch Homes but it wasn’t until the Post-World War II economic boom that ranch home became insanely popular. At the end of the way tens of thousands of soldiers came home with significant back pay. They wanted to return to civilian life and fulfill The American Dream of owning their home.
One of the most popular homes was a Ranch home with three bedrooms and one bathroom and normally had slightly less than 900 square feet of living space. It was difficult for survivors of both The Great Depression of the 1930’s and Veterans of years of incessant war to be able to own a home where each of the children could have their own bedroom. Discussions of two bathrooms simply did not happen.
A Post War Ranch House had three bedrooms, one bathroom, a modest kitchen, and a living room that everyone shared as they listened to the Radio after the entire family ate dinner together.
The Post War Ranch Home was the typical home that today’s “Boomers” were born in and spend their childhood. It has been The Boomers, now easily in their 50’s and 60’s, that started to build bigger ranch homes with two bathrooms, dens, family rooms, and even a garage for the family’s single car.
Oh my, how things have changed!
Today’s Ranch homes along with all the other homes average slightly over 2,000 square feet of living space, two and one-half bathrooms, 3 or 4 bedrooms, Living room, family room, and most recently homes are increasingly becoming “Smart Homes” with Alexia and Siri helping us along the way.
So America’s most popular home, The Ranch Home, has come a long way from its modest beginnings.
Call us to start the conversation about your new home whether it is a Ranch, A Cape, A Two-Story, or a contemporary. We can build your home up in the mountains near Peru or next to The Lake in Shelburne.
Call us today and start the conversation, (802) 985-5855