The definition of a true MCM kitchen is not the laminate counter tops and pastel appliances. You can recognize a classic ranch kitchen by its layout and by the driving philosophy behind it.
A little insight into my ranch's inception. It, along with some 300 other local homes, was built in 1952 by a local contractor. Today, I find out a little more.
Today I consider the similarities and differences between two closely related building types, the Chicago Bungalow and the Midwestern Ranch. What can one teach about the other?
It is relatively easy to put an addition on to a ranch style house. In fact, they were designed with just that idea in mind.
Cliff May was an artist: a saxophone player turned furniture designer who inspired a modern housing movement. Today I meditate on his 1946 style book, Western Ranch Houses.
This, and the other Usonian houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright are more like older cousins of the ranch - not in the direct line but still strongly connected from both a design and lifestyle philosophy point of view. Wright started to design Usonian or USA-onian houses during the depression when he was short of … Continue reading Featured Ranch: the Jacobs House