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The Pros and Cons of Ranch-Style Homes

A ranch-style home representing the work of custom homebuilders Robertson Homes

February 23, 2021

The Pros and Cons of Ranch-Style Homes


If you're shopping for a new home, you might have a strong preference for a single-story or multi-story layout. Buyers who haven't finalized their decision should consider both the short-term and long-term benefits of ranch-style homes, as well as the potential disadvantages of the one-floor lifestyle. Review these pros and cons to learn more about whether a ranch style home is the right choice for you.

Pros of a Ranch Home

Although ranch homes were most popular during the middle of the 20th century, many modern buyers are now also choosing this elegant simple home layout. You may also appreciate:

  • Improved efficiency. Single-story homes require less energy to heat and cool. If you are concerned about the environmental impact of your property and want to keep your utility bills down, a ranch home may help you achieve that goal.
  • Open living space. Ranch-style homes often feature open floor plans, perfect for family gatherings or entertaining guests. 
  • Long-term practicality: Those who are shopping for their forever homes often consider single-story options so they won't need to move as seniors if they can no longer navigate the stairs.
Cons of Single-Story Living

Other buyers wouldn't dream of living on just one level and prefer two-story styles like those in colonial and Victorian architecture. You may want to cross the ranch style off your list because of:

  • Additional costs: Ranch-style homes often cost more per square foot to build than two-story homes.
  • Lack of privacy: Some homeowners are concerned about having all the bedrooms on a single level. You may prefer the privacy of an elevated bed and bath space.
  • Smaller yards: Because the base of a ranch home extends outward, you may not have as much outdoor space to enjoy as you would with a two-story home.

Robertson Homes offers both single-story and multiple-story floor plans in desirable communities in the Detroit metro area. Learn more by browsing the virtual tours of our beautiful homes, then call 248-505-0686 to schedule your showing today.



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