The construction of Raised Ranches or began around the same time as its parent style, the Ranch. This was around the mid-twentieth century, when the need for practicality was evident. Much of the Raised Ranch style is the same as the ordinary Ranch style, though there are a few obvious features which make Raised Ranch-style houses distinguishable among ordinary Ranch-style houses. The most similar feature of the two home styles is all of the homes living quarters exist on one floor. Consequently, the homes bedrooms, kitchens, full bath living and dining room are all accessible on a single level.
The biggest difference between the two styles of housing is that the roof is raised on a Raised Ranch-style house. This means that instead of the single story you would get with an ordinary Ranch, you have an additional story. The basement is not completely submerged in a Raised Ranch. Often, the house will be built into a hill, with the top story being the only visible floor of the house.
features of the Raised Ranch are akin to those of the Ranch. The roof, for example, has a low pitch and is gabled. The large windows are double-hung, sliding, and picture windows. These are the only features of the house where you will find decoration, as there are often decorative shutters. Like the Ranch, you will normally find a garage attached and sliding glass doors leading out to the patio.
On Staten Island, the Raised Ranch is far more popular than the Ranch. They can be found in many of Staten Island's neighborhoods, including Eltingville, Huguenot, Midland Beach, New Dorp, and New Springville. There are many streets within these and other neighborhoods which contain solely Raised Ranch houses-many of which are beautifully custom-built