Why We Love Bungalows

By Dan Gregory

The best bungalows combine a practical floor plan with a generou

Bungalow design is an all American architectural style, but the name has its roots in Bengal, India, where single-family homes were called bangla or bangala. The bungalow began as modest one story, gabled house usually made of wood, brick, or stucco. It boasted a strong connection to the garden through a front or rear porch. Practical conveniences inside often included built-in china cabinets and window seats. Craftsmanship became strongly identified with this house type and a magazine -- The Craftsman -- even praised the virtues of bungalow living. 

The bungalow was the Model T of home design -- coming of age as it did during the 1910s and 1920s, when streetcars, railways, and the automobile helped promote the development of suburban communities. The California bungalow in particular, became synonymous with the good life, with its sunny garden adding to the allure. There's even a neighborhood in Pasadena, California called "Bungalow Heaven." 

Today's examples are simply updated versions of the original house type: typically one- or one-and-a- half story, with a front or rear porch connecting to a small garden, with low-pitched shingled roofs, exposed beams and woodwork, built-in cabinetry, and stone and/or stucco or wood siding. Modern bungalows usually cluster the kitchen, dining area, bedrooms, and bathroom around a central living area for open plan living.

To see a collection of Bungalow Plans click here.

To see the house shown above click Plan 461-3.

November 10, 2013

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