These Craftsman Style Ranch Homes Are So Dreamy

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Do you dream of a chic house surrounded by nature that will look classic throughout the decades? You're not alone.

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The craftsman style ranch home brings together two of our favorite styles by taking classic architectural elements from craftsman houses and combining them with traditional ranch home details.

According to Realtor.com, ranch houses were "meant to blur the lines between indoor and out the way formal homes hadn't before." Around the 1930s, these houses started to gain more popularity; California architect Cliff May is usually credit as establishing the midcentury modern ranch home aesthetic around this time. According to Angie's List, they really took off around the 1950s to 1960s. Ranch homes are normally one story with low roofs and not a lot of exterior ornamentation. They normally don't include elements like porches that other homes might incorporate. Craftsman houses already feature overhanging eaves and pared-down architectural elements so it makes sense that the two would go hand in hand.

We're taking a look at a few craftsman style ranch homes for inspiration. Check out our favorites below.

1. Modern Black and White

The color combination and sleek design of this exterior definitely helps to shape the craftsman style ranch house into a more modern look. The landscaping also helps brings that natural element.

2. Classic and Neutral

If you want something more traditional, opt for neutral hues. The white trim on this home's exterior lends a classic feel.

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3. Natural Material Accents

Embrace a blend of materials in your craftsman style ranch home exterior. This project by Visbeen Architects uses stone pillars and stucco details that are "a nod to the craftsman and Mediterranean designs that influenced this updated architectural gem."

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Eva is a Los Angeles-based writer who covers trends, news, and makers for Hunker. Her writing has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Bustle, KCET and more. She is a proud bookworm and organizes her books by color.