Rancher homes are one of the oldest architecture style homes originated in the United States. This style is still popular in several parts of Canada and USA as because of cost effective construction. Rancher homes are usually recommended to build on a big piece of land because they are wider and less deep. The single story rancher house can cost less than 2 or three story house. For a single story rancher, it cost less on foundation and preparation of lot. People like single story rancher as they can take the full enjoyment of their lawn being on the level to the ground.
There are also ranchers called raised ranchers and these types are two stories with full basement into the ground. Looking at these raised ranchers from the front doesn’t give you an impression of a two story house as the one whole level is into the ground and only windows for the basement can be seen. When stepping into a raised rancher to go upstairs you have to climb few stairs and to go down one has to step few stairs down.
Ranchers are common in farm area as there is a big piece of land available to build. In city because of the setbacks and smaller lot size most of the people prefer two or three story homes.