Bungalow houses are one to two storeys tall, with appealing front porches shaded by roof overhangs supported by exposed beams and rafters. Bungalow living rooms frequently include built-in cupboards and are flanked by two or three bedrooms. In the early 20th century, new housing styles were developed that retained many of the characteristics of the bungalow, such as the split-level house and the American Craftsman. These houses are often called "one-and-a-half-storey" because of their height between first and second floors.
The word "bungalow" comes from the Indian term banjali meaning "to cut down". This description applies to the style of house once built exclusively for British officials in India. The earliest examples date back to the 1820s, but they were not popular until the 1860s when the British government began replacing them with more modern buildings. By 1890, almost all official residences in India were made up of bungalows.
In North America, the term "bungalow" has been used to describe any small simple house built for the wealthy on large plots of land. These houses lack architectural distinction and usually consist of little more than a rectangular block with a porch at one end and a flat roof.
A bungalow is a type of house or cottage that has either one storey or has a second, half, or partial story constructed into a sloping roof. Bungalows are usually tiny in size and square footage, and they are differentiated by the presence of dormer windows and verandas. Most have only two rooms on the floor above and one on the floor below, but some have as many as four rooms.
Bungalows first came onto the American scene around 1820. They were built by independent contractors who used their own designs and thus can be found variously styled with different types of detailing. Some have very elaborate woodwork inside and out, others are quite plain. The majority were sold to ordinary Americans who could afford them - often immigrants looking for simple housing - and they spread across the country. By 1840, almost all new houses being built in some parts of Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania were actually variations on the bungalow theme, although the term then began to be applied more generally to any small house.
In the early 20th century, large numbers of bungalows were built in California after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Many other countries followed suit, so today you will find lots of these little gems all over the world.
They're popular again! In recent years, there have been many new bungalow communities built up north in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, because of its healthy climate.
A bungalow is a tiny home or cottage that is either single-story or has a second story constructed into a sloping roof (often with dormer windows) and is encircled by large verandas. Also called beach cottages.
Bungalows are generally found in the coastal regions of the United States, especially Southern California. They are also common in Florida and other parts of the Southeastern United States. In Canada, there are many bungalows in British Columbia and on Vancouver Island.
The word "bungalow" comes from the Hindi word "banglā," which means "a house made of bamboo." The earliest known use of the term was in 1772 by Henry Fox Talbot who referred to a picture he took as "a piece of paper with some drawings on it." Before this time, people used various terms for different types of houses including "Bangor Town" for what we would now call a barn town "Bristol Town" for a brick town and "Venice City" for a wooden town.
So, yes, a bungalow is a one-story building.
Bungalows are one- or one-and-a-half-story buildings with sloping roofs and unenclosed rafters in the eaves, and they generally feature a dormer window (or an attic vent disguised as one) over the main section of the house. This contributes to the distinctive aesthetic that most people identify with the California bungalow. The typical California bungalow has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and is typically built on a lot about 20x30 feet in size. They are usually located near other bungalows or single-family homes on small plots of land.
The California bungalow style was developed between 1885 and 1935 by several different architects including A.E. Doyle, William Wiegman, and Charles Willard House. These men were inspired by the bungalows found in Britain and Europe, and used them as a model for their own designs. The California bungalow was ultimately chosen by home builders as the standard house design because of its efficient use of space and easy construction techniques. By 1920, nearly all new homes built in California had this style of architecture.
As time passed, more features were added to the California bungalow to make it more functional and attractive. For example, porches were introduced, along with bay windows and decorative details such as woodwork and tile floors. Some builders also included attics above the main section of the house where families could store things such as furniture and boxes.