The Rambler home, also called a ranch-style home, became popular in the aftermath of World War II. As the housing market boomed and plenty of spacious lots became available for new home construction, these sprawling homes began cropping up all over America. The hallmark architecture of these houses is captured in a single-story design that combines the living room and the dining room together in one space. The kitchen is usually adjacent to this space, albeit contained in its own separate area. The bedrooms and bathroom are located on the opposite end of the house, separated from the main living area by a lengthy hallway. The kitchen or living room may also have a sliding glass door that leads outside to the patio area.
The outside of the typical Rambler house also features unique architectural designs. For example, this type of house usually features a low-pitched side gable or hipped roof, along with an attached garage. The front entrance to the home is marked by a covered porch or portico. The exterior of the house itself is rather modest in appearance. These homes typically come with siding or have exteriors made out of brick. The only decoration to be found on the outside of the average Rambler would be its tall windows that are rimmed by decorative shutters.
While a majority of Rambler homes are single level, however, when shopping for house plans for sale, it is possible to find some that are either split level or split foyer in design. These houses also are designed to be rectangular, L-shaped, or U-shaped.