The Ranch style house is an all American architectural style for homes. The ranch house is noted for its long, close-to-the-ground profile and minimal use of exterior and interior decoration. The houses fuse modernist ideas and styles with notions of the American Western period working ranches to create a very informal and casual living style. Their popularity waned in the late 20th century, considered nostalgic house designs, when a return to using historical and traditional decoration became popular. However, in recent years, interest in ranch house designs has been increasing. Preservationist movements have begun in some ranch house neighborhoods as well as renewed interest in the style from a younger generation who did not grow up in ranch-style houses.
Ranch houses have been one of the styles that have caught on with green homes. One such example is the Del Sur ranch house in California. The Del Sur Ranch House is among the growing number of San Diego County homes and businesses that feature sustainable building practices. Designed to be one of the most environmentally-friendly buildings in the country, the Del Sur Ranch House received Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) in 2007. The Ranch House is California’s first private enterprise, new construction building to earn the Platinum designation. While stylishly designed to look like it had been an original working ranch from years ago in the old west, Del Sur’s Ranch House incorporates many forward-thinking green features.
Ranch houses can be made efficient from having solar energy used in photovoltaic systems and passive solar windows. The Del Sur house uses reclaimed materials such as timber from a barn and recycled concrete. The possibilities are endless.
You can start the process of building a green ranch home by having a green building pro
fessional design a plan for you or you can even come up with one on your own at freegreen.com, a source for all kinds of green house plans. For a feel of the old west with an eco-friendly conscience, a sustainable ranch house is a chic way to make your mark. Not only will a green ranch house provide you with a healthy, greener environment for you and your family, but it will help you to decrease your carbon footprint, preserve the Earth and ensure a brighter, greener future for generations to come. It doesn’t get much better than that!