What Are Some Characteristics Of A Bungalow Type Design?

What are some characteristics of a bungalow type design? It's often a little bit lower, more horizontal-scaled massing using gables and porches and gables over porches. I love bungalows; I did that as much...

I love bungalows; I did that as much as I could for my own house. Bungalows are craftsman-style homes that became popular across the country at the turn of the century a little bit pre-World War I. They are definitely a show of wood craftsmanship, but they also introduced a lot of masonry and stucco. It has bands of windows that run together. It's using different window patterns which are wonderful, because it gives us a lot of freedom as architects working with different light patterns and windows. It's often a little bit lower, more horizontal- scaled massing using gables and porches and gables over porches. It's a style that actually works to integrate into the outside surrounding area, whereas a Victorian often times, is kind of setting itself apart from the exterior surroundings. A bungalow craftsman is more integrated to the landscape, so it's a more horizontal type proportion and a more horizontal design. It usually has a little more intimate flavor to it; it is a more approachable type of design too. It's a different set of colors often times in Victorian, but it has a lot of different materials going on and colors also. It has actually got a whole lot of variety, which is really fun to work. It's usually a little more expensive. A good Victorian is a little expensive to build, but a quality craftsman bungalow is definitely more expensive. There is a little more wood working going on and a little more craftsmanship to it. The porches generally may cause it to be a little more expensive, but there is a lot more you can do with the design lines too.

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