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Bungalows in the South and Southeastern parts of the United States are typically built of wood and heavily influenced by the Craftsmen style. The large front porch extends the living space outside, and broad, the elephant columns support the low sloping roof.
In the Chicago area and upper Midwest in general, bungalows were built long and narrow to fit long, narrow lots. Second-floor living spaces were created under the roofs, with dormers added for natural light and air. The Chicago bungalow is mostly a brick structure with a solidity that befits the "city of the big shoulders."
Another West Coast bungalow influenced by the Craftsman style is, like the Chicago bungalow we saw earlier, long and thin to fit a narrow lot. The small front porch roof is supported by elephant columns.
Bungalows incorporated the open floor plan that was becoming popular early in the 20th century. The living and dining rooms, traditionally separated by a full wall, were starting to be combined with just a bit of woodwork between the two.
Though initially intended to be modest homes, it wasn't long before bungalows became quite large. Even at a larger scale, bungalows more often than not rely on Arts and Crafts and Craftsman aesthetics.
Bungalow living rooms are typically anchored by a large fireplace flanked with built-in cabinetry and shelving. These fireplaces could be brick, stone or faced with a decorative tile to add color and interest to the living room. In the early days, these fireplaces provided warmth, hearth and entertainment center all in one. They were the true center of the bungalow home.
Original bungalow kitchens were often basic and modest. Subsequent remodeling and renovation has created kitchens that accommodate today's lifestyles. Craftsman details, stained wood trim and cabinetry with the look and feel of furniture maintains the vintage quality of this home.
The lower ceiling, canted walls and opportunity for built-ins makes the upstairs (attic) rooms in a bungalow quite appealing.
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