What Ranch Style House Plans lack in decorative details, they make up for with their use of porch roof supports, shutter, and picture windows. The windows are typically larger than normal, and you will find sliding doors that that open to a deck or a patio. Ranch Style house plans are normally one story, which means there is a lower cost to build as well as a quicker construction time. And since there is primarily one level, there is no cooling or heating loss between floors. Also to help with energy costs, there are normally large overhangs that protect the structure from the sun and other elements. Normally you will see cross-gabled roof lines and a facade built to maximum width.