The Bungalow Architectural Style

The Bungalow Architectural Style

Bungalow House

California Bungalow style home.

The word, “Bungalow", derived from the word, "Bangla," originated in India, but the need for utilitarian, comfortable homes for everyone started in England in the 1890’s. In America, the Bungalow style began on the East Coast and on the West Coast in California before becoming widespread across the United States circa 1900.

As in the Craftsman Style and Prairie Style, the Bungalow is simple, modern, and functional. Bungalow style homes are of a simpler design and are generally smaller homes designed for the working class.

The Bungalow and Craftsman style are closely related. Stickley emphasized the use of natural, locally found materials. Sometimes, Craftsman Style homes use the Bungalow form, but they are often more complex with oriental-influence ideal for Japanese Gardens.

The Bungalow style boasts low side gable rooflines with overhanging eaves, large, covered, recessed front porches, wood, square, tapered columns or heavy brick piers, wood siding, stucco, brick, cobblestone, and wood shingles. Like the Arts and Crafts Style, natural materials are an important feature. The floor plan is rectangular with particular attention on the dining room. The Bungalow’s features make it a perfect partner for rain chains. The basic, Square-Link chain blends well with the rectilinear design of the Bungalow style home.



square rain chain
Square-Link Rain Chain.