I spent the last two days viewing mid-1930s renovated bungalow houses. My family and I will be making a move mid-summer and have decided on the this kind of home. In nine years we have moved nine times, from one urban setting to another, and this will be our first actual house dwelling.
Not every bungalow we toured in this tree-lined streets of the neighborhood impressed. We couldn't get out fast enough of one with two strange ladies, a stranger cat, and a teenager who wouldn't come out of his closed room for the showing. But nice renovated bungalows represent a meeting of many wonderful things: old-world nostalgia and modern appliance efficiency, hip 4-minute urban proximity with the quiet of a neighborhood, quality and quaintness. I could go on. I won't.
These photos exhibit what is best about (and important to remember about) bungalow houses. We found a great candidate but we're still looking. I'd love to hear your helpful thoughts.
Shed a little light. Many of the bungalows we looked at contain a main floor and second floor below. Adding or maximizing existing windows keeps rooms light and cheery and provide a view wider than the four walls.
Make sure the place has plenty of storage--and use it wisely. From the added table/counter space in the foreground to the hooks for aprons to the abundance of storage, this kitchen can hold its own. The new but nostalgic fridge keeps the quaintness of an older house while actually working efficiently. That concept, that balance, is key in general with older bungalows.
With smaller bedroom sizes (think quaint, not cramped), the most needs to be made of the space. This room is an elegant example of fitting many items in closely while keeping a simplicity and continuity that makes for cozy, not crazy.
Extend your living space to the outdoors. In moderate climates, a back porch or yard can sometimes even seem to double your living space. With more modest space, the addition of a simple piece of furniture can merge the indoors and outdoors.