identify this architecture
January 29, 2011 7:28 PM   Subscribe

what is the style of architecture of this house?
posted by glenngulia to Home & Garden (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'd call it a ranch-style house, but there's probably a more specific term.
posted by Nomyte at 7:33 PM on January 29, 2011

Modern ranch.
posted by Iris Gambol at 7:50 PM on January 29, 2011

I can't tell in the picture. Are the windows on the right and middle of the house reflective or transparent (and you can see clear through to the other side?)?

If they are just reflective, then it is probably a split level ranch.

If you can see clear through the house, and that middle area is a breezeway of some kind, it might be a hodge podge of modernism using standard american materials. (private space on one side, public space on the other, clear demarcation between the two).
posted by gjc at 7:52 PM on January 29, 2011

Sorry, given the 1981 date, it's a Contemporary Ranch
posted by Iris Gambol at 7:52 PM on January 29, 2011 [2 favorites]

posted by Green Eyed Monster at 7:53 PM on January 29, 2011

In mid-Atlantic US, a house that's all on one level would be a "ranch", "rancher" or "rambler". Is this all on one level? If not, maybe it's a "split level" (where the floors are offset, so for example you might enter on one level and go up or down half a floor to the next level)?
The house has an "attached garage".
In a real estate ad, I think this house would be described as "contemporary".
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:57 PM on January 29, 2011

A true modern ranch wouldn't have the attached garage sticking out like that.
posted by dame at 9:44 PM on January 29, 2011

Looks like a variation of a salt box design to me.
posted by lobstah at 5:04 AM on January 30, 2011

It's a snout house.
posted by BostonTerrier at 6:32 AM on January 30, 2011

American Suburban Hodge-Podge.
posted by Thorzdad at 9:53 AM on January 30, 2011

Contemporary is indeed most likely what this would be called in an ad. It only shares the (probable) open plan and single-story design with the ranch, which normally has a very low profile roof and broad eave overhangs.

The garage looks like it was added later, even with the asymmetric roof, but I could be wrong -- it just seems to jar with the glass and half-peak roof look of the house itself. If you want to get more specific, this sort of thing, particularly with the minimal eaves, is sometimes called "modern shed".
posted by dhartung at 1:07 PM on January 30, 2011

It's a contemporary ranch, but bostonterrier is right...the snout house epithet applies. The garage is the most prominent feature, and protrudes.
posted by heigh-hothederryo at 8:12 PM on January 30, 2011

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