We get emails all year long from readers who have made mini Putz houses from our free patterns — or even come up with their own. So up, it’s year three for this Retro Renovation tradition — with three new patterns completed and rolling out, starting today. Grab your cardboard, glue guns, paint and supplies and get ready to make this adorable butterfly roof midcentury ranch home, #7 in our diminutive subdivision.
This pattern is a bit longer than the other ranch Putz patterns, thanks to the addition of another section on the right side of the building. I decided to include a flat roof section because I thought the juxtaposition between the two rooflines would add even more dynamism to the house.
There’s a few more architectural elements — like the chimney and the inset front porch — that help add interest to this design. Of course you could always paint the chimney to look like it was made out of stone or bricks to add more texture. Similarly, if you wanted to change up the flat roofed section of the house to become a garage or add more windows, that would be an easy way to add even more interest. Pam suggests some stony Xeriscaping for the front yard, consistent with desert climates like Palm Springs (this roofline really is quite impractical for those of us in snowbelt.)
Get this pattern:
- For basic instructions and a list of materials needed for this project, see my first mid century Putz house pattern.
Make a whole neighborhood of mid century “Putz” style houses:
- #1 — Ranch house putz house pattern — includes DIY instructions and resource list
- #2 — Mid century A-frame putz house pattern
- #3 — Ranch house putz house pattern
- #4 — Split-level putz house pattern
- #5 — Storybook ranch putz house pattern
- #6 — Tom Thumb Cape Cod putz house pattern
- #7 — Butterfly roof ranch putz house pattern
- #8 — Tiki hut putz house pattern
- #9 – Palm Springs rick rack roof putz house pattern
- Or — see all 9 designs all in just one click
- Want to know why these houses called “Putz”? Read our vintage Putz house history and online guide.