What is a Bungalow?

BungalowThe Bungalow originated in the Bengal region in South Asia in the Mid-Nineteenth Century, however it quickly gained momentum across the globe due to the fact that it was easy to build and customize. Closer to home, it started popping up in the Chicagoland area between 1910 and 1940 during a period of significant economic growth.

Due to its simplistic design, this type of home was an economical choice for young families and first-time home buyers.  At the time, it was also a welcome change from the ornate Victorian mansions, which were beginning to decline in popularity.

In terms of its architectural style, Bungalows are typically a one or one-and-a-half story home with a low pitched roof. The edges of the roof, known as eaves, are large and hang over the building, which is usually comprised of brick, lapped siding or shingles. Additionally, the home typically features a large front porch and an entrance that opens into the living room. Once inside, there is usually an open floor plan and plenty of built-in shelving for organization.

Are you interested in remodeling your Chicago Bungalow? If so, you can read about one of our latest Bungalow kitchen renovations here.  A breakdown of more architectural home styles found in the Chicagoland area can be found here. For more design definitions, insights and ideas follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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