The home was a split-level ranch. There are many things admirable in ranch-style homes, but our weekend place seemed to have developed many of the negative qualities instead of the positive. At some point I stepped back, and asked, is there any way to reimagine our home that achieves all of our goals? Is there a ranch style that works with our lifestyle and connects the outside with the inside? Can I learn to love a ranch? I finally turned to inspiration and validation by revisiting the California Eichler homes I knew from my youth.