Earlier this week Slate ran a story about the origin and evolution of American ranch houses and why many people today seem to dislike them.
What I found most interesting were some of the reasons behind the shift to two-story houses. It’s obvious that two-story homes offer more space on less land. But what’s less obvious is the cost savings achieved by building a smaller roof and foundation. Those two elements make up a huge part of the cost of building a house. And everyone likes to save money, especially builders.
It seems to me this is another reason to like my ranch house. I can now view its single story-ness as an extravagance!