Why Update a Ranch? Ranches were once the cutting edge of American modernism and homeowners rushed to built 15 million between 1945 and 1960. Now they can be more tired than trendy but … they are the most commonly sold type of house in 35 of 50 states. The basic builder ranch house can be the American Dream Home for a new generation! Watch me update my 1952 ranch for modern living AND make it cooler than it was on the day it was built.