What is a bungalow? It depends on who you ask! From Arts & Crafts to Art Moderne, just about every style you can imagine has found expression in the simple and practical American Bungalow
. Check out these favorites forms of the Bungalow style.
Craftsman Style Bungalow. Photo © iStockphoto.com/Gary Blakeley
In England, Arts & Crafts architects lavished their attention on handcrafted details using wood, stone, and other materials drawn from nature. Inspired by the British movement, American designers Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Green designed simple wooden houses with Arts & Crafts flourishes. The idea spread across America when furniture designer Gustav Stickley published house plans in his magazine called Craftsman
. Soon the word Craftsman became synonymous with Arts & Crafts, and the Craftsman Bungalow became one of the most popular housing types in the USA.
California Bungalow. Photo © iStockPhoto.com/Diana Lundin
Arts and Crafts details combined with Hispanic ideas to create the classic California Bungalow. Sturdy and simple, these comfortable homes are known for their sloping roofs, big porches, and sturdy beams and pillars.
Chicago Bungalow. Photo GNU General Public License
You'll know a Chicago Bungalow by the solid brick construction and the large, front-facing roof dormer. Although designed for working class families, bungalows built in and near Chicago have many of the lovely Craftsman details that you find in other parts of the USA.
Spanish Bungalow Photo © iStockPhoto.com/David Liu
Spanish Colonial Architecture of the American southwest inspired an exotic version of the bungalow. Usually sided with stucco, these small homes have decorative glazed tiles, arched doors or windows, and many other Spanish Revival details.
Colonial Revival Bungalow. Photo © Forum Member "Karnye2004"
Not all bungalows are rustic and informal! During the early 20th century, some builders combined two very popular styles to create a hybrid: the Colonial Revival Bungalow. These small houses have the simplicity and practicality of an American Bungalow and the elegant detailing found on much larger Colonial Revival style homes.
Dutch Colonial Revival Bungalow. Photo © the homeowner
Here's another type of bungalow inspired by the architecture of the North American colonies. These quaint homes have rounded gambrel roofs
with the gable at the front or the side. The interesting shape resembles that of an old Dutch Colonial
Chalet Bungalow in Sacramento, California. Photo © Connie Fanós
With a broad front gable and decorative trusses and half-timbering, these charming California bungalows have a European air.
Art Moderne Bungalow. Photo © the homeowner
While an Arts & Crafts Bungalow celebrates natural materials and hand craftsmanship, bungalows in the Art Moderne style look forward to the future. Factory-made materials take on sleek, streamline forms.
The list doesn't stop here! A bungalow can also be a log cabin, a Tudor cottage, a Cape Cod, or any number of distinct housing styles. Browse our photo gallery to see bungalow pictures submitted by our readers. To learn more, see the comprehensive guide, American Bungalow Style
), written by Robert Winter with photographs Alexander Vertikoff.
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