The Bungalows, a Brief History: America has been in a love affair with the Bungalow-style homes for more than two torrid decades. This exotic word Anglo has originated from the Indian language, which came to be a new American house style. The word bungalow has been around for more than hundreds of years but did not bring up anything sooner.

When the English traveled to India, they described their homes built by the native labor as long, low buildings with wide verandas and deep hanging eaves. Wide roofs, first made of thatch and then later made by fireproof tile, enclosed in an isolated airlock technology against tropical heat. Later, in the early 1870s, builders of the new fashionable English referenced them as “The Bungalows”. Giving them a rough, exotic, and ready-made image.

Bungalow Style Homes  in the US

The Bungalow design showed up in America, in the 1880s, distributed here there, especially in New England. But, it was when its development started in South California that shaped its way as a new arrival of the housing styles. And which made the Bungalow Style one of the most popular housing styles ever known to America.

Soon after the 2nd world war, we all knew that a cheap house by the seashore was one of the best ideas to revive the humane feel. Not very far from its first use in the early 19th Century.

Bungalow style

In North America and Britain, that has a second story built into a sloppy shape on top, with small windows. The bungalow-style homes are usually small and separated from other homes, that’s the reason it is so inexpensive to build. The Bungalow Style homes became popular when the middle-class families started to move from apartments to private homes. Bungalows were the only best option for them, because of their low cost to build and low profile with an extra unique style in the American Community. It was the perfect option for those people, who didn’t have any contact with large building companies and builders.

The main feature of the Bungalow Style homes is a convenient floor plan for their owners because all the living places are present on a single floor. Because it is conducive for a person using a wheelchair or with any other disability. Most of the houses’ orders through regular mail included a bookshelf, desks that can be included in the building plan.

Types of Bungalow Style homes In the US

1) Ranch Bungalow:

The Ranch Bungalow Style has all the bedrooms made on one side of the house, with the kitchen, dining room, and family room on another side of the house.

Ranch bungalow style

2) Raised Bungalow:

Part of the basement of the Raised Bungalow Style is raised. This is to get more light entering several areas of the house. It has high ceilings and an underground garage, placed beside the basement.

raised bungalow

3) Chalet Bungalow:

This Bungalow Style has a sloppy second story. However, most of the living areas are in the first room, that is why it is classified as a Bungalow.

4) California Bungalow:

One of the most popular Bungalow Styles of all time. It was famous between 1910 and 1925. People define them as a one-and-a-half change in the original Bungalow Style.

5) Craftsman Bungalow:

Invented during the famous, Art and Crafts movement, it includes low-pitch roof lines, a hipped or gabled roof, overhanging eaves with illustrative brackets. It also includes a covered front porch.

craftsman bungalow style

6) Chicago Bungalow:

It is also one of the variations of the traditional Bungalow Style, has a bricked exterior, 1 ½ story with a full basement. This style had a narrow look, to accommodate smaller-looking city lots.

7) Michigan Bungalow:

The Art and Craft Bungalow spread as wildfire thought out Detroit from 1910 to 1925. This style now exists in different areas.

8) Milwaukee Bungalow:

The Milwaukee Bungalow is a mixed copy of the Chicago Bungalow with a slight difference. The difference is that the Milwaukee Bungalow features a gable perpendicular to the street and white stucco on the lower portion on the outside of the house.

Milwaukee Bungalow

Indeed the Bungalow designs are a symbol of lifestyle and it is a product of India. However, it was introduced into America, where people wanted to enjoy a modern lifestyle and have a comfortable life. The Bungalow is still a popular style that has affected the look and feel of most of the homes seen throughout the United States. Somehow, most of the housebuilders have recently been heavily influenced by the Bungalow Style in the housing market. This option minimizes the downturn that has also adapted to the different features of the Bungalow design.


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