Bungalow Style Homes
Listing information last updated on July 15, 2020 at 8:15 AM EST.
About The Bungalow Style House
One of the most popular choices of home style in America is the bungalow. The name originated in India, and early style elements of bungalow homes have been evident since the late 1600s.
The style didn’t begin to gain popularity, however, until the late 19th century. The bungalow offers low cost, simple living quarters with an artistic touch to many Americans getting by on modest means.
With its special style, convenience, simplicity, and sound construction, the bungalow fulfilled the American Dream for many.
Common Characteristics Of Bungalow Homes
- Usually one to one-and-a-half stories
- Low pitched roof, often with broad eaves
- Entry typically opens directly into the living room
- Bedroom located to the rear of the home
- Fireplace in the living room or centrally located in the home
- Often has a large front porch that creates an outdoor room
- Easy access to outdoor spaces like verandas, porches, and patios
- Commonly referred to as the Craftsman style
- Open floor plan maximized for efficiency and flow from room to room
- Built-in cabinetry and wainscoting
- Decorative stained glass in higher end arts and crafts Bungalows
- Varied sidings, including stucco, shingles, or brick, depending on location
More About The Bungalow
The bungalow can be quite an affordable house that offers unique character. It appeals to many because of its open floor plan and majority of living space on one floor. This style of home is very popular in urban settings, where there might be a height requirement for buildings; most of the bungalow space extends longways instead of upwards.
Because a bungalow tends to be small and on a minimum land plot, it can be a very easy home to maintain. Renovating or adding on to a bungalow can be fairly simple; however, you’ll want to maintain its unique character whenever possible.
There are many types of bungalows, including California bungalows, Arts and Crafts Bungalows, and ranch bungalows. California bungalows are a one-and-a-half story version of the traditional bungalow, popular from the years 1910 – 1925. Arts and Crafts bungalows, or American Craftsman bungalows, are the traditional bungalows you still see today.
Low-pitched roof lines, a gabled roof, deep eaves, and large front porches personify this popular type of home. A ranch bungalow’s interior is organized so that sleeping quarters and living quarters are on separate sides of the home.
Benefits Of The Bungalow
Not only are bungalows ideal for the modern family because of the easy living space, but also because of the privacy. Trees and shrubs can easily hide your home from your neighbor’s home, and because of the one story living, the privacy plants are smaller and easily maintained.
It’s easy to see why the bungalow is, and will continue to be, one of America’s favorite styles of home. Open and airy living space, plenty of character, and easy, one level living, make the bungalow perfect for any family.