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Texas Ranch Homes
Rambling one-story floor plans with wide roof overhangs to shield the living area from the hot Texas sun best exemplify the style of the Texas Ranch home designs featured in this gallery. Many of the appointments are of Texas Ranch or Mexican origin. Porches are a significant element of the plan design offering protection from the sun and typical breeze. Since snow is not usually a problem, roofs are constructed with a slow slope. Originally they were typically made of wood shakes, however, metal roofs have become quite popular, especially in the West Texas area. Dimensional composition shingled roofs also characterize the Ranch appearance very nicely. The façade is usually of earthy materials such as stone and wood. The use of wood beams and columns is prevalent in many of these designs. Although casement style windows are preferred, single hung divided windows can be easily worked into the scheme.
The Texas Ranch style designs differ from the Texas Mission style designs in that the Ranch style will not don barrel tile roofs nor utilize as much of the Spanish/Mexican accents such as the use of cantera, soft Mexican stone.