Monday, April 27, 2009

Term of the Day: Bungalow

"Bungalow" is a term that gets thrown around a lot in housing. But what is it, exactly? Jane Powell has an article on the subject in The Berkeley Daily Planet. Her definition:
A bungalow is a one or one-and-a-half story house of simple design, expressed structure, built from natural or local materials, with a low-slope roof, overhanging eaves, and a prominent porch, built during the Arts and Crafts period in America (approximately 1900-1930). If it’s two stories it’s no longer a bungalow, though it can still be Arts and Crafts or craftsman (often known in Berkeley as a “brownshingle”).
Both our current house and the house we are considering purchasing would qualify as bungalows.


OpenID ai-meilian said...

My mom always wanted to live in a bungalow. I never really knew why, unless she just was annoyed at not having bathrooms on both floors of our house.

Also, I don't think time period is integral to the definition of "bungalow." I've seen plenty dating from the late 40's - early 50's.

4:10 PM, April 27, 2009  

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