The Ranch house type is distinguished by a single story with a low, hipped roof that may be continuous or in segments, and broad overhanging eaves. It has a sprawling floor plan, spreading in nearly any direction from the entrance. The lack of a raised basement reinforces the horizontal lines of the house. One very common feature is the use of a half-high window in all or part of the house. The type coincided with the trend toward wider and shallower lots.