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Ranch/Rambler Homes

 Ranch Homes/ Rambler A Ranch Style home is an American original. Originating in the 1920’s with the post war boom of the middle class, this architectural style home fused modernist ideas with the American Western period of wide open spaces to create a casual lifestyle. One story living with a long low pitch roof and deep overhanging eaves. The roof line was primarily cross gabled, single gable or hip. The home itself was either rectangular, L or U Shaped. Many had an attached garage, others none at all. The floor plan was simple with the living area separate from the bedrooms. Often times a sliding glass door leads to a patio and feature large glass windows. The exterior materials used where typically locally sourced and mixed such as stucco, brick, wood or stone. By the 1950’s, nine in every 10 homes built were a Ranch or Rambler style. By the late 20th Century the Ranch style home began to wane and Neo-Eclectic homes became the rage with their combination of the Cape Cod, Mission, T

Visit Colington Harbour: Stay Soundfront


Colington Harbour is a favorite spot for us to stay when we visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It is a community mostly inhabitated by locals but mostly always vacationers. With a private beach perfect for days when the ocean is too cold to swim in or the wind is coming in from the east, you can dip in a the water is normally amazing. With a public playground with vintage rockers, tall swings and private pool, this place has it all. If you have a boat, a boat ramp is available at the community center. Kayaks are fun to use in the canal or in the sound too.

The house I have chosen to show you today is located on the soundside where the sunsets will be amazing. Enjoy a cup of coffee on the deck in the morning and a drink under the house in the afternoon. The afternoon sun can be brutal but do as the locals do and hide out under the house. Try crabbing with a chicken neck you can purchase at the grocery story for little to nothing and buy a crabbing kit. Fling your chicken in the water, tied to part of the dock, and watch the crabs come for dinner. 

I'm going to let you in on a big secret too about the Outer Banks, after September through October, the water is still VERY WARM. Shhhhh.... 




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