Bungalow Home Plans

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Bungalow home plans--very popular in the early 20th century--arose from the Arts and Crafts movement of the time. Characterized by a lack of the elaborate architectural detail of earlier periods, bungalows featured low-pitched roofs, central living rooms, and heavy square porch columns that often ran to ground level. Although the style had faded from fashion by World War II, it is becoming popular again, and with good reason. Its simple lines, unpretentious style, and sense of quiet retreat make bungalow home plans a wonderful choice indeed.

Interestingly, the term bungalow arose in India, during the British colonial period. In the province of Bengal the name for both the common native dwelling and the geographic area was bangla. When the British arrived they adapted the one-story design of bungalow home plans and their thatched roofs.

In time the style--appreciated for its compact, efficient, and cool layout--made its way elsewhere, without the thatched roof. It is also interesting that the bungalow style, once a symbol of the countryside, has become typical of the city and the suburbs. The appeal, however, is very much the same as it always.

Adapting Bungalow Home Plans

While the basics of a bungalow style are defined, as noted, by a low profile and simple slightly heavy lines, bungalows are very adaptable to subtle touches of other styles. One good example is the Prairie style of Frank Lloyd Wright, inspired by the linear look of Japanese architecture. Another incorporates the Cape Cod and Williamsburg flavor of colonial architecture. A third, the Pueblo, draws on historical precedent, and features stucco walls, flat roofs, and visible beams. Adapting the bungalow to reflect your personal style is a definite go!

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