JCCC Honors Journal


This purpose of this project was to compare ranch homes in Overland Park built in the 1950’s and 60’s, to ranch homes built in the 2000’s. Research ranged from census and demographic information, to research of typical ranch home plans from the 50’s and 60’s through today. Current real estate listing information was used to find square footage of home and lot sizes, number and sizes of bedrooms, bathrooms, garages, kitchen, dining, other living areas, and amenities. It was interesting to note that homes listed for sale in the 2000’s were mainly new construction and not resale. From the information I was able to determine typical house and room sizes to create floor plans in Computer Aided Design (CAD) for the 1950’s ranch homes, and current ranch homes. Exterior elevations were then drawn from the floor plans. The most significant changes between rooms of ranch homes built in the different time periods have been in the number of bathrooms, and the size of the master bathroom. Detailed CAD drawings were created of the floor plans and elevations from each time period.

Other research included the influences that caused ranch homes to be built in the 1950’s compared to the 2000’s, the differences in the style of ranch homes in the different time periods as well as the growth of Overland Park since the 1950’s. This research lead to information regarding the future housing needs due to population growth and the changes in household type, size, and the aging population.

Honors project mentor: Margaret Davis, Professor, Drafting