Raised Ranch: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.

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What is a Raised Ranch?

Raised ranch, bilevel, split-level…. whatever you want to call it. This term can evoke some very strong opinions from a lot of people.

If you’re unfamiliar with a raised ranch, picture a ranch home with a main floor and a basement that is literally “raised” up in the air half a story, to where half of the basement is now showing at the bottom of the house.

These types of homes were basically created as a way to conserve costs. And they started popping up everywhere in the 60’s and 70’s. So you have all of these older raised ranch homes, which are so different than your typical home, and you end up with all these outdated homes that no one knows what to do with. Myself included.

When you walk in the front door of your typical raised ranch, you will generally see two sets of stairs right inside the landing. One set leads up to the main living area, the other set leads downstairs to the basement. Or at least that’s how it is in our house.

And no matter which entrance you come in, there are always stairs that have to be climbed. (Not to mention bringing in groceries is a major chore!) It really is a factor that should be considered before buying this type of home.

While we took this into consideration for ourselves, we didn’t really think about the impact it would have on our extended family. We have several older relatives that have a hard time coming over for parties, visits, etc due the layout of our home.

Raised ranches can pose many, many challenges from a design perspective with it’s overall setup and typically have a pretty bad reputation. Usually the floor plan is composed of choppy, smaller rooms and the overall curb appeal is sorely lacking.

Why We Chose To Live in One

Which is entirely why when our current home, a raised ranch, was first listed for sale we ignored it completely.

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