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Atomic Ranch: Design Ideas for Stylish Ranch Homes

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Atomic Ranch is an in-depth exploration of post-World War II residential architecture in America. Mid-century ranches (1946-1970) range from the decidedly modern gable-roofed Joseph Eichler tracts in the San Francisco Bay area and butterfly wing houses in Palm Springs, Florida, to the unassuming brick or stucco L-shaped ranches and split-levels so common throughout the United States.

Authors Michelle Gringeri-Brown and Jim Brown, founders and publishers of the popular quarterly Atomic Ranch magazine, extol the virtues of the tract, split-level, rambler home and its many unique qualities: private front facades, open floor plans, secluded bedroom wings, walls of glass, and an easy-living lifestyle. From updated homes with high-end Italian kitchens, terrazzo floors, and modern furniture to affordable homeowner renovations with eclectic thrift-store furnishings, Atomic Ranch presents twenty-five homes showcasing inspiring examples of stylish living through beautiful color photographs, including before and after shots, design-tip sidebars, and a thorough resource index.

Atomic Ranch reveals:

  • Hallmarks of the ranch style
  • Inspiring original ranch homes
  • Ranch house transformations and makeovers
  • Preservation of mid-century neighborhoods
  • Adding personality to a ranch home
  • Yards and landscaping
  • Plus, a helpful resource section and index

Book News Annotation:

Gringeri-Brown proves that even the humble ranch house can blossom under a makeover in this beautifully illustrated accolade to the "cookie cutter" homes of the 1950s. In 25 examples of tract, split- level and rambler houses, she shows why these homes worked so well for their first residents and how they can be updated. The volume includes before and after shots, design-tip sidebars, and a resource index. Gringeri-Brown and her husband, Jim Brown, are the founders and publishers of Atomic Ranch magazine, a quarterly devoted to mid-century homes. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Atomic Ranch is an in-depth exploration of post-World War II residential architecture in America. Mid-century ranches (1946-1970) range from the decidedly modern gable-roofed Joseph Eichler tracts in the San Francisco Bay area and butterfly wing houses in Palm Springs, Florida, to the unassuming brick or stucco L-shaped ranches and split-levels so common throughout the United States.

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Atomic Ranch At the close of World War II, during a time when the United States was suffused with optimism about the future, America began a love affair with the ranch house that lasted for the next twenty-five years. From the decidedly modern gable-roofed Joseph Eichler tracts in the San Francisco Bay area and butterfly wing houses in Palm Springs and Sarasota, Florida, to the unassuming brick or stucco L-shaped ranches and split-levels we see every day, midcentury ranches can be found all over the country. Today there is a growing new enthusiasm for ranch houses and the midcentury furnishings that go with them. Atomic Ranch illustrates in stunning color photography the virtues of the ranch house, often decried as "cookie cutter," and shows why these homes worked so well for their first residents and still function beautifully today. With private front facades, open floor plans, secluded bedroom wings, and walls of glass that bring the outside in, midcentury ranches mix function, comfort, and style with ease. Instead of trying to turn your ranch house into a bungalow, Spanish adobe or two-story Tuscan villa, why not let it be what it was meant to be-a modest one-story house with a casual, comfortable lifestyle. From updated homes with high-end Italian kitchens, terrazzo floors, and modern furniture to affordable homeowner renovations with eclectic thrift-store furnishings, Atomic Ranch presents plenty of inspiring examples of stylish living in America's favorite house.

About the Author

Michelle Gringeri-Brown and Jim Brown publish Atomic Ranch magazine, a quarterly devoted to mid-century homes. Gringeri-Brown was the editor of American Bungalow magazine for nine years, and her freelance work has been published in Westways, the Los Angeles Times, Photographer's Forum, and Sunset magazines View.

Jim Brown is an editorial photographer whose work has been published in Motor Trend, Sunset, Motorcyclist, American Bungalow, Westways, Car & Driver, and Hot Rod. They live in Pasadena, California.

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rdrakeford, March 7, 2007 (view all comments by rdrakeford)
Having grown up in a built-from-stockplans ranch circa 1956, in the middle of a "ranch" suberb of a small southern town,the germ of the idea is sometimes amazing and always exciting for me to see. Open, livable but pretty bland and still going its own 50's way, I wonder if my childhood home would even recognize its more exotic parents, much less wish that more were more.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781423600022
Author:
Gringeri Brown, Mich
Publisher:
Gibbs Smith Publishers
Photographer:
Brown, Jim
Author:
Gringeri-Brown, Michelle
Author:
Gringeri-Brown, Michelle
Subject:
Design & Construction
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Domestic
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
U.S. Architecture - General
Subject:
History - Specific Styles
Subject:
Decorating - General
Subject:
Residential
Subject:
History
Subject:
Buildings - Residential
Subject:
Architecture -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Ranch houses - United States -
Subject:
Architecture-Houses
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20060831
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
10.07x10.03x.92 in. 2.83 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Atomic Ranch is an in-depth exploration of post-World War II residential architecture in America. Mid-century ranches (1946-1970) range from the decidedly modern gable-roofed Joseph Eichler tracts in the San Francisco Bay area and butterfly wing houses in Palm Springs, Florida, to the unassuming brick or stucco L-shaped ranches and split-levels so common throughout the United States.
"Synopsis" by , Atomic Ranch At the close of World War II, during a time when the United States was suffused with optimism about the future, America began a love affair with the ranch house that lasted for the next twenty-five years. From the decidedly modern gable-roofed Joseph Eichler tracts in the San Francisco Bay area and butterfly wing houses in Palm Springs and Sarasota, Florida, to the unassuming brick or stucco L-shaped ranches and split-levels we see every day, midcentury ranches can be found all over the country. Today there is a growing new enthusiasm for ranch houses and the midcentury furnishings that go with them. Atomic Ranch illustrates in stunning color photography the virtues of the ranch house, often decried as "cookie cutter," and shows why these homes worked so well for their first residents and still function beautifully today. With private front facades, open floor plans, secluded bedroom wings, and walls of glass that bring the outside in, midcentury ranches mix function, comfort, and style with ease. Instead of trying to turn your ranch house into a bungalow, Spanish adobe or two-story Tuscan villa, why not let it be what it was meant to be-a modest one-story house with a casual, comfortable lifestyle. From updated homes with high-end Italian kitchens, terrazzo floors, and modern furniture to affordable homeowner renovations with eclectic thrift-store furnishings, Atomic Ranch presents plenty of inspiring examples of stylish living in America's favorite house.
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