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Storybook Ranch Style — 1948 to 1957

1956 Storybook Ranch - West Coast Lumber

Storybook Ranch Characteristics

Is your house a storybook ranch?

The Storybook Ranch is a subtype of the Ranch style. Like the Ranch, it has the open floor plan often with the living rooms at the rear of the house for more privacy. It also has the same rambling, low profile more often with a gabled than hipped roof.

Where it departs is in its whimsical use of various details that, depending on your point of view, could be considered charming or over the top. Shake roofs, knee brackets, and exposed rafter tails hark back to the craftsman-style bungalows of the 'teens and 1920s. Bay windows and diamond-paned muntins on street-facing windows, mixed use of brick, cedar shingle, or lapped siding with lots of window boxes and shutters combined to create a modern version of the Storybook style homes so popular in the late 1920s. Even catslide roofs and Dutch-style doors were incorporated. No storybook detail was overlooked.

Decorative hardware was most often wrought iron for exterior lighting and door knockers and latches. Favored color schemes were most often primaries: red, blue, and yellow. Trim was invariably a crisp white. Finally, no house was complete without a full complement of red geraniums inside and out.


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