The Classic Arts & Crafts Home Returns!
Bungalow floor plans typically describe a small single story home with airy, open rooms. This type of home is also sometimes referred to as an arts and crafts style home or a “craftsman” home. Within the basic bungalow style, there are several American variations, as well.
Because bungalows are usually one level, they are quite popular with the elderly and others who cannot, or do not wish to, navigate stairs. This style of home was very popular at the beginning of the 20th century, and homes from that era were generally fairly small. More recently, this style of home is enjoying a renewed popularity on a somewhat larger scale.
Most bungalow homes are fairly compact and solid looking from the outside. They may have gables, but the roof is usually low without a steep slant. Many bungalow homes also include wrap around or front and/or back porches. These porches may also be asymmetrical on the front of the home. This is a great way to incorporate outdoor living space.
Bungalows often combine siding with brick or rock detail on the exterior. Stucco was also a popular outside finish. Exposed decorative rafters visible on the exterior also typify this style.
If you want to create the look of a bungalow with your existing home, one easy way to do so is to add a front porch.The porch should run nearly the length of the front of the home as is typical for this style. It should be a covered porch, and while most are usually open, you could design an enclosed porch with lots of windows if you need additional indoor living space as a compromise that still provides the look you desire.
Other ways to incorporate a bungalow look into your existing home is to update the exterior by adding brick or stone accents, such as brickwork on the porch or pillars of the porch. You can also add decorative mock rafters under the roof line to give the appearance of exposed rafters.
Within the home itself, many of the bungalow floor plans included built in cabinets and carefully detailed woodworking.
Builders took a lot of pride in the creation of these homes and their craftsmanship. So adding some handcrafted built in wood elements to the interior of the home can also be beneficial.
You could create a built in bookcase along a wall in a living room, or design built-in storage closets in a hallway with cabinet doors. Handcrafted cupboards in the kitchen, built in window seats, and extensive wood trim on open doorways, door frames, and around the windows will also help create this look.
Many people identify the bungalow floor plans with the look of a chalet or vacation type home. While similar in some ways, such as the open airy feel inside and the front porch on the exterior, along with attention to detail in the woodworking inside there are a few key differences.
Chalet house plans are more likely to be two story homes rather than single story and may have porches or decks on the upper as well as the lower levels. In addition, they often have vaulted ceilings inside, which is not typically a bungalow floor plan.
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