What does the word "bungalow" mean to you?

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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:09:53 AM
A single story home?

Because that's what I thought it meant!

DH would eventually like to be in a single level home and downsize a bit. Just for kicks, I've been browsing home plan sites. Many of them have a search function, which is so great!

But seriously, when you select bungalow, why does it return a ton of two story homes?


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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:11:58 AM
To me, a ranch style house is one level. A bungalow, to me, is a Chicago style bungalow: a smallish house, front porch, living areas downstairs, bedrooms upstairs. The downstairs would only have a living room, dining room and kitchen.

I love bungalow style. A lot.



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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:12:44 AM
In my mind it means a tiny house- 1 bedroom, 1 bath and not much room for too many belongings.

I am sure a Pea will be on here soon with an official definition.

I certainly would not expect a 2 story property to be called a bungalow. Maybe the term is trendy?



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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:12:50 AM
I'm with Peabay when I think of Bungalow. I also think small... as in tiny floor plan.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:13:06 AM
If we were playing a word association game and the word was "bungalow," my first impression would be a home that is small and charming. (Not necessarily one story though.)

I have no clue if my impression matches with what it really is.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:16:32 AM
OP - you're not off base in thinking it could be one floor, but it doesn't have to be:

A bungalow is a type of house, with varying meanings across the world. Common features to many (but not all) of these definitions include being detached, low-rise (single or one-and-a-half stories), and the use of verandahs. The term originated in India, deriving from the Gujarati બંગલો baṅgalo, which in turn derives from Hindi बंगला baṅglā, meaning "Bengali" and used elliptically for a "house in the Bengal style".[1] Such houses were traditionally small, only one story and detached, and had a wide veranda.[2]


Interesting to me that the word comes from Bengali.



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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:19:44 AM
In the UK a bungalow is a one-level house, usually favoured by the retired. Sometimes a bedroom/s will be created in the roof space and then it's a dormer bungalow (dormer is the window style that is usually fitted in these).


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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:24:34 AM
Chicago Bungalows

They're definitely not two-story homes, even though the attics can be finished and converted to livable space.

I grew up in a Chicago Bungalow. There were 5-6 steps up to the front door, and we had a living room, dining room, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, kitchen and sunroom on the main floor. While my parents never did finish the attic, they did finish the basement which added a living room, bedroom and bathroom (and this is where I lived once I hit my late teens--it was great!).

They are very quaint, with stained glass windows, unique brick fireplace (that wasn't real) and the rooms were pretty decent size, especially the kitchen. The bedrooms were on the small size.

The pictures in the link show how the neighborhood I grew up in looked, and gives a little history.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:31:10 AM
When I was growing up, my grandparents' house had a bungalow out the back. Which means a little room, either attached to the main house or not, like a 'granny flat'.

But it could also mean a style of house, a free-standing single storey house. In Australia a lot of older suburbs have California Bungalows:


Imported originally from California in 1916 by a real estate agent, the first Australian Californian bungalow was erected in Sydney. The bungalow become the favourite house style in Australia immediately after WWI, when it quickly spread across all Australian towns and cities. It was a solid and respectable house, serving the two great needs that made it so popular in California: affordability and suitability for a dry, warm climate.


ETA: And depending on the suburb, it also means a $1,000,000 plus price tag!!!

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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:36:56 AM
And I wanted to add, not all bungalows are smallish. There were some really big bungalows spread throughout the town I lived in. Actually, some of them were pretty big. They sure don't make houses like them anymore.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:51:05 AM
Interesting!

I didn't necessarily equate it with "small" - my parents moved from their large century home (that they spent 30 years restoring) to an "adult lifestyle" community, 1800 sq. ft. bungalow.

My Dad was an IT guy for a building supply company, so we've always called a single level a bungalow. And with DH being from Scotland, his definition of bungalow was single level as well.

Either way, it has been fun looking at plans! Not that we'll custom build - most likely choose something within the builder's plans for the subdivision going up at the time. We prefer to build new!


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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:54:38 AM
My bungalow in Northern California had an attic that had been converted to living space by way of renovation - they had bumped out the small window in the attic to become a dormer and finished the ceilings.

I think of a bungalow as having a low roofline, a small footprint, and maybe a small front porch. Lived in a whole neighborhood of those.

And yes, it was tiny. 1100 square feet including the attic conversion.

Had views of the whole San Francisco bay - on a clear day you could see four bridges. And the best sunsets you could ever imagine. It was the best house I've ever lived in.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:56:56 AM
To me, a bungalow is a 1 1/2 story house. Not necessarily small. We have a ton of them in our town. Some are small, some are really spacious with 4 bedrooms, two living spaces, formal dining room and eat-in kitchen, etc. I think "charm" when I think bungalow. They are my favorite houses because they usually have really interesting spaces in them - lots of cool nooks and crannies.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:04:34 AM

I think "charm" when I think bungalow.


Me too!

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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:28:32 AM
Here (Toronto) it would be a small one story detached home.

Even dictionary.com defines it as 'a cottage of one story'.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:52:55 AM
A cottage


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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:53:51 AM
Bungalow to me can mean a 2 story home, but I am thinking of a cozy, smaller, Arts and Crafts era home when I think of one.



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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:56:01 AM
A tiny house

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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:01:08 AM
A single storey house of any size.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:06:12 AM
My first thought is a cottage with a craftsman style.

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Small, detached, single story home.
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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:21:40 AM
My parents lived in a 2 bedroom bungalow down the street from where I live now(we bought their house 20 years ago). It was a 2 bedroom with a flat roof and crank windows, made of cement with stucco covering. It was hot as hell in the summer.
There's only a couple of them here in my town, but there's lots of them in a couple of neighboring towns that have lakes. They were summer homes that have been converted to year round living.

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Our neighbourhood is known for its bungalows:

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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:24:57 AM
Here in the UK a bungalow means a single storey property whatever the size, large or small.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:02:53 AM
Bungalow to me means small,one story or maybe a loft or converted attic, older home; just the basics, and for some reason I usually picture it with a screened porch.

Kind of like those old motels that used to be individual cabins with a kitchenette, bathroom 2 bedrooms and a living area.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:04:18 AM
The word bungalow makes me think of Chicago.

From the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association:


Associated with the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the United States, ‘bungalow’ has become a generic term to describe a house or cottage. In Chicago, however, the Historic Chicago Bungalow refers to a single-family home with the following features:
• Built between 1910 - 1940
• One and one half stories
• Face brick with stone trim
• Low-pitched roof with overhang
• Rectangular shape: narrow at the front and rear ends, longer on the sides
• Generous windows
• Full basement
• Offset front entrance, or side entrance


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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:25:47 AM
I am totally wrong, but when I think of bungalows, I picture those one-story beach shacks that people rent for the summer. Or those little houses in sleepaway camps.




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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:29:06 AM
I think of a small, arts-and-crafts style home. Not necessarily a certain layout or # of stories.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:38:04 AM
I'm in Southern Ontario and the bungalows I know are just like in Dalai's link. They are one story homes.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:45:57 AM
I think of a bungalow as a one story home no matter the size. The word definitely conjures up images of small and the houses Jo linked to are very common in many places in Ontario and they always come to mind first.

However I currently live in a bungalow and it is about 10 years old and around 2000 sq ft so I have expanded my idea of a bungalow in recent years.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:56:48 AM
To me, bungalows are smallish, Craftsman-style houses and many are a story and a half, with bedrooms up. Like this.






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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:01:59 AM
It's the size,porch, and roof lines that define my mental image of a bungalow.

I definitely think of something like what devildog linked.

But also something like this: Sears Kit Home Bungalow

I have seen many where they turn the attic into a 2nd or "one half" floor, typically because the original footprint of the house isn't that large.

I tend to think of homes that originally had just one or two bedrooms, a living room, dining room, kitchen, and one bath.



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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:04:03 AM
This is what I think of, which is more specifically a "California bungalow"


Bungalows are 1 or 1½ story houses, with sloping roofs and eaves with unenclosed rafters, and typically feature a gable (or an attic vent designed to look like one) over the main portion of the house. Ideally, bungalows are horizontal in massing, and are integrated with the earth by use of local materials and transitional plantings. This helps create the signature look most people associate with the California Bungalow.

Bungalows commonly have wood shingle, horizontal siding or stucco exteriors, as well as brick or stone exterior chimneys and a partial-width front porch. Larger bungalows might have asymmetrical "L" shaped porches. The porches were often enclosed at a later date, in response to increased street noise. A "California" bungalow (except in Australia, see below) is not made of brick, but in other bungalows, most notably in the Chicago area, this is commonplace due in large part to the weather.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:13:01 AM
California bungalow is the term I'm familiar with. Maybe it's an east coast/west coast thing



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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:19:21 AM
I always thought it was realtor-speak for a really tiny house.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:22:18 AM
I think bungalow of a one story small cute little house probably 2 bedrooms at the most(mainly houses in California) near the beach... I don't know WHY I think this is what a bungalow is but without looking at any responses that is what I think of.



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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:27:21 AM

y bungalow in Northern California had an attic that had been converted to living space by way of renovation - they had bumped out the small window in the attic to become a dormer and finished the ceilings.

I think of a bungalow as having a low roofline, a small footprint, and maybe a small front porch. Lived in a whole neighborhood of those.

And yes, it was tiny. 1100 square feet including the attic conversion.

Had views of the whole San Francisco bay - on a clear day you could see four bridges. And the best sunsets you could ever imagine. It was the best house I've ever lived in.


Exactly what I was saying.. after I read the responses....I freaking want this house described. View of the Bay?? Awwww I would live in a 500 sq. ft. bungalow... lol



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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:27:26 AM
I think of them as a craftsman style house, regardless of story.



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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:30:19 AM
I think a hungry realtor made it up years ago !! (not slamming bungalows, I love them)




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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:34:52 AM
Typical craftsman bungalow




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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:35:57 AM
I grew up in a 1911 Craftsman bungalow. It was 700 square feet before the first remodel. One bedroom, one bathroom, living room, dining room, kitchen. My parents slept in the living room and I had the bedroom. When I was about nine, they kind of fixed up the shed in the back and it became my bedroom. She has since remodeled twice and it is now a two story with three bedrooms and three baths. No longer a bungalow, but it does have the same features.

I currently live in a 1938 California bungalow. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room. It's just over a thousand square feet in a single story.

I would not consider a two story dwelling a bungalow, but a real estate agent might look at the features (roofline, porch, paneling) and call it a bungalow even if it were more than one story.

(I did my senior honors thesis on California bungalows...)

ETA- the line drawing above looks almost EXACTLY like the house in which I grew up.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:45:31 AM
What I picture is exactly what Busypea posted pictures of. OP, I would search for Ranch homes. Those are one story.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:58:32 AM

I am totally wrong, but when I think of bungalows, I picture those one-story beach shacks that people rent for the summer. Or those little houses in sleepaway camps.


Me too! But we aren't wrong. If you google bungalow in images you get the houses that busypea posted, but if you search beach bungalow you get something entirely different. I think it is likely because all the places I have lived (other than Chicago) bungalow is not a term used in real estate. I lived in a small little home in Tucson, but it was not a bungalow.

Anyway. Just thought you would like to know you aren't wrong!


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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:07:25 AM
Craftsman style, usually 1910s-1930s.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:14:07 AM
Ranch is a two story home.

Bungalow is a low cottage or craftsman style home that may have a second 1/2 or even full story.

In truth it has come to have about the same definition as "Traditional" does to more classic two story homes. Sounds nice - meanings vary.




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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:17:26 AM

Ranch is a two story home.


No, Ranches are considered one story. They may have a basement, but still considered one story.



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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:32:18 AM
devildog- that's my idea of bungalow too. Chicago bungalow. I grew up in a neighborhood full of them and they were not small, certainly not tiny.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:48:15 AM
I think a one level home is a ranch. You can have a raised ranch with a full basement below. It is the ability to have a half second floor (usually with dormers) that makes it a bungalow. I have family who have Arts and Crafts bungalows in other parts of the country (DC and Boise) and they are lovely.

Being from Chicago I think first of Chicago style brick bungalows. They can be surprisingly big inside - particularly the octoganal front bungalows like this one

The communal living spaces are plenty big... the bedrooms are 'cozy'.

Because seemingly half the city (and in some nearby suburbs) is made up of bungalows (with slight variations) it has impacted how we speak in some ways in Chicago.

I realized that my friends from solid bungalow areas used the word 'frontroom' (seriously - all one word with a southside Chicago accent) to mean living room. Because in a bungalow the living room is always the front room.

My dad grew up in a Chicago bungalow and when it was time to downsize my parents went back to a bungalow. Everything is on one level and has easy maintenance with the brick and small yard. There are lovely details in the brickwork like supports to hold flower boxes and arched basement windows in addition to the stained glass windows.





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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:57:10 AM
The word "bungalow" means home to me! Our house is a 1915 Craftsman bungalow. It is a story and a half, with a foyer, living room, dining room, kitchen, family room, master bedroom, and full bath on the first floor, and an additional three bedrooms and full bath on the second floor. With just under 2000 sq. feet, it was large enough when our children were at home, and still works well for my husband and myself because we can shut a door at the bottom of the stairs and close off the upstairs when we do not need the extra space. I love our bungalow!


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