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Today's one story home plans have their roots in the 1930s when some creative architects in California designed the first one-stories known as "ranches." World War II put a halt to most residential building before the style caught on. But by the end of the war, the time was ripe for the "rambling ranch" to become the ultimate symbol of the American dream.

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Before the war, most people were dependent on streetcars and buses for transportation. Neighborhoods consisted of compact houses on small lots so people wouldn't have to walk too far to their stops. As soldiers returned home to start families, a tremendous housing boom took off. With more and more families owning automobiles, it became practical for neighborhoods to spread out. The stage was set for ranch homes to re-shape the American landscape.


These one story homes reflected changes taking place in society in general, from formal to casual. America's growing love of the outdoors made their picture windows and sliding patio doors added attractions. Even more so, busy lifestyles enjoyed the convenience of one story living and the practicality of fewer stairs.


While 1-story homes have remained a popular mainstay in American architecture, they've enjoyed a tremendous resurgence. Baby boomers looking forward to retirement years are choosing one story homes for their ease of accessibility. But many younger families are also seeking them out. Perhaps it's because they desire more permanence in their lives. They want a home that will grow and adapt, so they won't have to move to a different house every time their needs change. Many are picking a one story home plan with the idea of 'aging in place'.


Today's one story homes are designed better than ever -- with interesting roof lines, higher ceilings, open entertaining oriented floor plans, bigger closets and more style. Improved technology has made it possible to create finished lower levels that are beautiful living spaces and bare little resemblance to basements of the past. Many builders now incorporate higher basement walls, daylight windows and walk-out designs to produce bright, light-filled lower levels. In addition, new building materials are allowing greater open spans with fewer support beams.


Design Basics 1-story home plans start with small, efficient, and economical home designs and range up to elegant, luxurious home plans designed with all the amenities included. Many of our home plans show a variety of flexible living options. Many plans could be a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom design based on how the secondary bedrooms are actual constructed and used. Many become home offices, other are built out as formal dining rooms. Still others are activity or hobby areas.

Many of our one story home plans offer many floor plan options. In this example we show how the exact same 'footprint' may be used differently. Other common options include spaces for smaller home offices, sun rooms, and other FLEX spaces.
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Design 29335
Typical 3-bedroom 1-story.
Design 29336
1-story plan or a home based business.
Optional secondary bedrooms are located upstairs

Design 29334
1-story plan with nice guest suite.



While Design Basics offers several hundred one story home plans, you will want to use our advanced plans search to refine your selections. Clicking the link below will take you to our collection of one story home plans. Refine the results by selecting 1 level designs. Then narrow your selections by choosing those search items important to you.


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Plan Alterations for One Story Home Plans

Should your tastes and needs go beyond the home plans shown here, Design Basics Plan Alterations team can create the home plan solution for you.

We can . . .

. . . combine the floor plan of one design with the floor plan or elevation of another;

 . . . change, add or remove a room or combination of rooms;

    . . . adjust the size of a home design to fit on your lot;

      . . . alter elevations to meet a height restrictions;

        . . . alter elevations to meet a height restrictions;

          . . . change the doors and windows to other sizes and different locations;

            . . . raise or lower ceiling heights;


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