Note: This post has been updated. Best I can tell, the only ones still available are the Cliff Mays.
Cliff May inspired house plans
These plans are not original Cliff May plans but “Cliff May inspired.” Due to building codes — May’s original plans can no longer be built without being altered to meet current code conditions. Cliff May is the father of the ranch house, just like Royal Barry Wills is credited with being the father of mid century Cape Cod and colonial homes.
According to Daniel Gregory, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Houseplans.com and author of the book, Cliff May and the Modern Ranch House, Cliff May:
- Was the most influential ranch house designer due to his innovation, salesmanship, and flawless timing
- Popularized glamorous yet practical California living concept — a scientific approach to modern living
- Perfected the slab foundation, sliding window wall, the vanity, and the ridge skylight
- Was most active during the 1950s and 1960s — boom years
- Personally designed more than 1,000 homes and commercial buildings during his career
- There are 18,000 designs, including “Low-Cost” tract ranch houses attributed to his architectural office — including the well known Long Beach Ranchos in Southern California — which is being revitalized with the help of
A typical Cliff May house:
- One story
- No more than one room-wide
- Appears to hug the ground
- Incorporates outdoor space with patios and terraces under broad overhangs
- Stucco or board-and batten walls — even a combination of the two
- Shallow gable tile or shake roofs
- L or splayed U shaped layouts that conform to the shape of the lot
Cliff May inspired house plans you can still buy today:
There are seveb Cliff May inspired plans — one with six variations of square footage and floor plans designed to be able to fit on a multitude of lot shapes and sizes.
- Cliff May inspired plan #1 — variation 1: Plan #445-1 — BASIC PLAN (Flexahouse) and variations — all by architect Nick Noyes.
- Cliff May inspired plan #2: Plan #48-433
- Cliff May inspired plan #3: Plan 64-170 — called the Azalea and designed by Dan Tyree
- Cliff May inspired plan #4: Plan #64-172 called Proximit — by designer Dan Tyree
- Cliff May inspired plan #5: Plan # 436-1 by designer Rick Faust
- Cliff May inspired plan #6: Plan #449-15 — “Rancho Blanco” by designer David Cox
- Cliff May inspired plan #7: Plan 544-1 by designer Steven Murphy.
Read our complete story — 8 Cliff may inspired ranch house plans from Houseplans.com
See our interview with the designer of Cliff May inspired plan 544-1, Steven Murphy — Cliff May ranch houses and their important architectural legacy