This rerun is for Sara, who is looking for a ranch house design to build. I originally ran this post back in spring 2008. Source for this design is the Small House Planning Bureau, St. Cloud, Minn. Year: No info.
“Not another one! Yes, another thing that I’m becoming obsessed with – collecting and then for hours, scrutinizing, vintage 50s house plans. It’s sort of like — the quest for Eldorado. The quest for the perfect little jewel box. Not that my house isn’t great. But I am intrigued to see if I can discover the perfect 50s house in the most compact footprint. I have these criteria, the house must have:
- Two full bathrooms – honestly, I know that legions of Americans lived with one, but that is where I draw the line.
- Foyer with adjacent coat closet – Foyers always get cluttered and then there’s the whole muddy boots thing. So, this must be a clearly defined area with handy storage.
- Mudroom – Same as above with the addition that the mudroom must be between the garage and kitchen so that all junk can be left in this ante-way with a door to close behind it.
- Good kitchen layout – I know it when I see it.
- Dining room or area must also be well designed. If there’s a dining room – it needs to be in a flow where it can/will actually be used every day.
- One, not two, front doors — It is very bad feng shui to have two doors (e.g. one main door, one visible into kitchen or mudroom) visible to the street. Like, the energy does not know where to enter.
On virtually all other counts — exterior design, layout, size of rooms — hey, I’m flexible! Here is my first pretty darn close to perfect home, discovered after a few hours of staring intently at a new stash of home plans. I’m telling you – hours of cheap and wholesome fun!
This house gains points for:
- Utility/mudroom/lav off the back of the garage leading to the kitchen. Washer/dryer – right there.
- Twoand a half baths.
- Kitchen is nicely done, great flow to family room.
- Bedrooms are small but that’s okay.
- Foyer close enough, coat closet a little far from the action, but okey.
- And (shown in original image at top, and below): Nice curb appeal
Loses points for:
- Kind of big — but pretty darn well-done for 1625 s.f.! From a book of four-bedroom plans. Which is what makes all this stuff fit!
- I don’t honestly think 20′ wide will do for a two-car garage, would have to be bigger, in reality.
Honestly, I think my quest will be complete when I find a 2 BR 2 BA 1,200 s.f. winner. But the more I look at this particular home design – the more I think, it’s a really really good one – especially considering that it is 4 BR. Stay tuned, the quest continues.