The Romantic Ranch House – 1940’s Common Sense

There is no reason that a small house, the Style Trends book states, architecturally and otherwise, should not be as attractive, as livable, and as interesting as one costing far more.

I can’t agree with this sentiment more, which was just as true in their frugal and uncertain time as it is in ours. There is definitely something to be said for a house that can be MORE with LESS.  As the saying goes, “More isn’t always better. Sometimes it’s just more.”

In that spirit, here is another compact and adorable house plan from the 1940s Style Trends Book.

Romantic Ranch

The illustrations for these houses are so idyllic!  Maybe that is why I love them so much.

Romantic Ranch Close-upThere are a couple of design details that really stand out in this plan.  The first is the kitchen, which has a cute and detailed layout.  The second is the great corner fireplace in the living room. I would love to see one of those!

The third element is one that may not be as obvious.

The description states: The dinette is separated from the living room by a wide dropped ceiling beam, and has perfect cross ventilation from front to rear. 

I bet that looked beautiful, and did a good job showing the separation of the two rooms!


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