Clean-lined and easy-living, contemporary ranch house plans stand out for their simplicity and chic style. These
1 Story House Plans
feature bold modern style and easy-to-navigate layouts.
Contemporary-Modern House Plans
display cool minimalism and will draw all eyes. If you like a retro vibe, browse this collection to see many designs with Mid-Century modern flair, which typically includes lots of windows and glass for seamless indoor/outdoor flow. Many people think of
California House Plans
in the desert when they picture Mid-Century modern style. Just add a pool for that easygoing feeling.
Why choose a one-story house plan? Well, if you're taking the time and effort to build your dream home, you're going to want to stay in it for decades to come. A single-story design makes it easier to age in place, since you won't have to navigate stairs. Additionally, if you have an elderly relative (or friends with limited mobility) come visit or live with you, they'll find it much easier to get around.
If you love to cook, check out
House Plans with Big Kitchens
in this collection, especially those with open floor plans. An open-concept floor plan makes even a small home feel bigger to make the most of every square foot. Many contemporary ranch home plans feature relaxed layouts with open kitchens that showcase large islands with snack bars. Your family and friends will love to pull up a chair and enjoy a drink and some tasty treats.
Modern home designs usually display large windows and lots of glass. This lets plenty of natural light stream inside, a good way to reduce the need for electric lighting during the day (this strategy is called passive lighting).
Outdoor living often takes on an important role in contemporary design. Family rooms or great rooms that flow out to a patio or back porch encourage you to step outside and enjoy the fresh air. If you add an outdoor kitchen with a grill and room for some seating, it's party time! And outdoor living isn't just for summer; many
House Plans with Porches
includes screened areas that protect against bugs or harsh sun. A fireplace warms up outdoor spaces when temperatures drop.
Explore this collection of contemporary ranch designs and find your next home.