Home exteriors vary in size, shape, architectural lines and materials but have you ever wondered why? Is it just aesthetic or is there more to it?
I’d like to introduce you to some of the architectural styles of homes you’ll find in Lake Oswego periodically on this blog and give you a little of the why behind the what.
Let’s start with the Ranch style home.
Believe it or not, the Ranch style home was considered a radical move away from the styles of homes that existed prior to its debut in 1932 by a San Diego self-taught architect, Cliff May.
It was one level, for starters. Gone were the turrets of a Victorian, dormers of a Cape Cod, columns of a colonial, and covered porches of a craftsman. Instead the emphasis was away from any pretentiousness and towards more casual living in a single-story style that also worked best for battling Southwestern heat.
The design typically lent itself to blending outdoor and indoor living and often featured a large picture window in the front which was as much for looking out as it was for allowing passersby to look in at holiday decorations and displays. Sliding glass doors in the back made the transition to the outside easy and inviting.
Given the straightforward design, the lower cost of construction made it attractive to builders and homebuyers liked how easy it was to build on the simple lines to customize their particular home. As a result, Ranch became the style of choice after World War II as returning soldiers moved to the suburbs and settled down with their families. In fact, by the 1950s, nine out of every ten new homes built in America were Ranch style.
Other characteristics that you’ll find in a Ranch home include an attached garage, open concept floorplan, and often a finished basement. Currently there are six Ranch style homes for sale in Lake Oswego and six pending sales. You will find them dotted throughout the city in different neighborhoods.
A home’s style is just one of the considerations buyers must weigh when looking for a place to live, but it is one that often “speaks” to a buyer on a feeling/intuitive level. A buyer may not be able to put his or her finger on why a particular house “feels” right but the style and the reasoning behind it may help explain it.
If you’re looking to buy a home in Lake Oswego, please give me a call at 503.939.9801, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or check out my website and my listings. You’ll find I’m able to point out the dollars and cents advantages of a particular home as well as understanding the more nuanced aspects of a home that make it right for each buyer. I’d love to help you find the home that is your perfect fit.