Bungalow Home Style
Vol. IV, No. 2
Original Articles
Plan Books

Summer 2015 at Bungalow Home Style

Defining the Bungalow

Santa Barbara Bungalow

Santa Barbara Bungalow

There are two definitions that define what a bungalow is.

One defines virtually any small to medium home or plan built or designed between 1900 and 1930 as a bungalow. It's primary characteristic is a relatively open, single-story floor plan. Considered a "type," It can be any "style" —that is, Craftsman or English Tudor Revival.

We think that muddies the identity of what a bungalow is. Why do bungalows resonate with so many people? Back in the day, a bungalow represented a modern, progressive philosophy and lifestyle. They were simple and often vernacular ... they were peoples' houses in the most democratic sense. More ...

1908 Western Home Builder

Our latest acquisition is a rare early catalog produced by Victor Voorhees in Seattle for the booming home building market in the first decade of the 20th century. More than 25 plans show a range of bungalow including the Pacific Rim influence of Asian cultures, rustic and artistic styles, and transitional types. There are even a few that sport the interesting inset porch and bumped out corner windows that distinguish the Seattle Box. More ...

Why Bungalow Home Style?

1910 Cottage Bungalow - Sherwin WilliamsBungalows epitomize simplicity, functionality, and an abundant life overflowing with the riches of community, family, and health. They are the ideal footprint for homes today: small, constructed of natural materials, sensible design, comfortable, and beautiful.

Not all that long ago we began publishing material from old house plan books and magazines. And we fell in love ... madly, passionately in love with the variety and range of American architectural expression, particularly with respect to the plans designed for middle-class Americans.

And nowhere did the charm exceed that of the bungalow, which was hugely popular from 1910 to 1925.

We have other sites like Antique Home Style that encompass residential architecture from 1900 to the late 1930s and Mid Century Home Style, which concentrates on the volatile period from the late 1930s to the early 1960s.

Beyond just the buildings themselves, bungalows evoke a sense of comfort, beauty, and simplicity in many aspects of lifestyle. Our goal with Bungalow Home Style is to rediscover some of the delights that have been hidden in attics and dark corners for too long. One of our first goals is to bring you resources to help you plan a bungalow Christmas by exploring the foods, crafts, gifts, and entertainments our grand- and great-grandparents used to enjoy. Some will be cool, some will be fun, and some will strike us as just silly.

We felt bungalows deserved their own place in the sun. Welcome to our newest site! Send us an email if you are looking for specific information on a subject pertaining to bungalows.

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