What is a Bungalow House?  

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A residential architectural style that you may come across frequently if you happen to be out west (especially in California) is the bungalow. These rectangular houses began popping up in America as early as the 1880s. Originally, the word “bungalow” was associated with small, thatched houses in India, but they’ve come pretty far since then. From history to renovating tips, here’s everything you need to know about the bungalow house in order to sound like a housing pro.

Bungalow style: A brief history

The bungalow grew out of the Victorian house era as homeowners looked for a more modest architectural style. These houses are typically one floor and have low-pitched, gabled roofs. They also usually have a small, covered front porch.

The English who had ventured to India would describe “bungalows” as long, low buildings with overhanging eaves. They were built in India for native workers, but eventually this architectural style started showing up in the Americas.

Although most bungalows started appearing in New England, the style made a name for itself in California. The “California bungalow” was meant to appeal to middle-class buyers in the early 1900s.

What you need to know before you start renovating

Not all bungalows date back to the early 20th century, but if you’re working with an old home, there are a few factors you need to consider. As always, materials such as asbestos need to be properly removed during the renovation process. A professional can safely eliminate asbestos from the living areas prior to renovation.

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Additionally, you may want to take a look at some of the architectural details that went into the overall style of the home. For example, you may see no need for a front porch, but demolishing it during the renovation process could hinder its bungalow style. Altering features, such as the siding and windows, could also impact the overall décor of the structure.

Complementing bungalow style

If you’re simply looking to complement a bungalow style home with small renovations, it may be worth taking a look at vintage décor. Vintage ceiling fans, windows, and doors can give a bungalow home a more authentic feel, and there are plenty of ways to incorporate vintage elements in an interior with a more contemporary feel.

Taking color into consideration while renovating is another way to bring out the best in a bungalow home. For example, utilizing variations of gray can keep the structure “historically accurate.” However, you can also utilize variations of orange and peach if you want to add more “pop.” And of course, bringing in a professional interior designer or decorator can help ensure that you create a bungalow home that’s true to your style as well as its roots.

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