Mackenzie Ramage

Mrs. Brown
Period 4
8 January 2015
Bungalow Housing Style
The Bungalow housing style was developed in the early 1900’s by two brothers, Charles
and Henry Greene. The home was originated in India to satisfy ventilation needs using verandas
for shelter from high temperatures. After originating in India, it
made its way to America. The American bungalows
have the same features but are classified into
categories such as California, Chicago, and
Craftsman. Because of this, bungalow is
defined in different ways that has impacted
around the world. Bungalows are becoming

more common because of many features that

provide an outstanding way of living.
Still building around the world, this unique style of housing has attract it features such as
spacious living quarters is economically to build and a revealing artistic appearance. The
Bungalow home is a one to one and half story home with a low-pitched roof. It has many unique
features on the interior and exterior such as large covered verandas, the home is well designed
and ventilated. The front porch on most Bungalows homes create a welcoming first appearance

to visitors. It commonly is known to have large brick pedestals that are columns attached to the
front porch. These columns can be made of brick, stone, concrete, wood or a combination of
material depending on the builder. With its eye-catching style, easy maintenance, and spacious
living space, the Bungalow home represents The American home.
Bungalow front doors are regularly constructed with natural materials and contain several
small multi-paneled windows near the top of the door. The deep overhanging eaves and rafter
tails classify that the house is a bungalow. Many Bungalow homes have outstanding landscape
that draws attention to the house. The
windows are typically double hung with
multiple lights in the upper window.
The low pitching roof creates a shady
spot for any person standing outside the
home. With these attractive aspects, the
Bungalow style has inspired countries to

develop the relaxed family lifestyle that
the Bungalow house promotes.

With no air conditioning back then, the bungalow house was the comfortable way to live.
Large verandas helped maintain air flow throughout the house. This inspired other countries to
build bungalows to acquire a healthy environment. Economically, in the roaring twenties when
the housing market boomed, bungalows expanded throughout the region due to its low cost.
Recently, older models of bungalows are becoming popular in cities. In order to advertise,
promoters have drawn attention to the value that the older styles show due to its quality
craftsman style of work. The location of the house is the more important deciding factor rather

than what the home is worth when choosing a bungalow house. In addition, poor areas that have
bungalows are still classified as affordable and include features that make the cost low such as
small footprint requiring little. It satisfies most people’s basic needs by having a one story where
everything is accessible and easy to move around.
Choosing this bungalow has helped me have a better understanding on what a bungalow
home has to offer. I would consider
buying a bungalow for the summer
because it is aesthetically pleasing
that interests buyers. Bungalows not
only have spread throughout the
United States but also other countries.
The great impact of this style is that is
meets basic needs and lifestyles of

many homeowners.
In conclusion, the Bungalow housing styles offers an efficient floor plan with many
features that make it unique. In addition, Bungalows have inspired other countries to build these
types of homes to enhance their features and recognize its value. A Bungalow home is costefficient, has spacious living areas, large porches, and provides privacy for its owners and
satisfies family lifestyles.

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