The ubiquitous ranch house, a form which arguably first crystalized in the suburbs of California, is frequently looked down upon due to its utter banality and the inexpensive methods of construction that characterized the often large scale development of these homes. But it is wise to remember that there is good reason why these homes became so popular, and occasionally one encounters an example that lives up to all that the ranch aspired to be.
Such is the case with the upper Rockridge example we feature today. From the outside it features the traditional wide single story ranch façade with full-width porch. Inside, it is surprisingly warm with exposed wood roof structure and great lit soffits. It is this sort of custom ranch, with its woody interiors and easy transitions between indoors and out, that made the style so appealing and ultimately so prevalent throughout the second half of the last century.