Comfy Bungalow Style Home
The bungalow style home is associated with the architectural style of the Arts and Crafts bungalow, a style popularized in the early 20th century. A bungalow style home is synonymous with comfy warm fires, apple pies baking and that good feeling of constant comfortableness. A bungalow style home as people know it today was created when British colonial administrators adapted this classic style of Indian architecture to build their summer retreats, organizing all the typical rooms of a house on one floor around a central parlor. The style became popular in Europe as a form of resort lodging and made its way to America in 1879, when William Gibbons Preston designed a two-story version to be built on Monument Beach in Cape Cod. The house style’s roots in warm weather explain many of its heat reducing features. These homes usually have only one floor, although some variations are one and a half stories tall, meaning that they have two levels, but the second floor covers less surface area than the ground floor.
They have low-pitched roofs with wide, overhanging eaves. The large foundation needed to create a whole house on only one floor translates to a roof with a large surface area; the attics of these houses, therefore, absorb a great deal of excess heat in the summer. Large porches are considered hallmarks of this bungalow style home; stone chimneys leading to substantial and prominently placed fireplaces are another favorite feature of the home.