It is obvious that 1970s "ranch" houses were designed by men. In a rush to churn out neighborhoods like ours, blueprints were stamped and approved; wood framing, fiber board walls, wall-board, stucco, and roofs were thrown up, and painted.
I know the houses were designed by men for two reasons: kitchen cabinets, and placement of the bathrooms.
|See the corners?|
If pots or cook ware are placed in the bottom shelf of the cabinets, they will creep further and further back into dark cavernous corners from which nothing emerges.
A female or child must take a flashlight and crawl in to retrieve the damn things. (My husband closed off those corners and who knows what lives back there right now.) Also, placement of the appliances of the U-shaped kitchen makes working in the kitchen with two people difficult.
|Up the stairs, to the left, and over the living room...|
Bathrooms? The main 1970s ranch-style house bathroom is off the hall and next to the living room, dead center of the house. Anything that goes on in the bathroom is heard by the whole house—seriously. Archie Bunker, re-enacted. Newer houses have these bathrooms next to the dining room and kitchen. Again, is that intelligent design?
No female architect would have allowed houses with these designs off the drawing table.
For anyone whose house design resembles the above, no offense is intended. Our house is in serious need of re-modeling, and has all the design flaws listed.