My Little Bungalow Interior

My bungalow is a small one :  1110 square feet.  ( First floor 648 / second floor 462 =1100 net living area )   The unfinished basement is 648 square feet.

You can see the nice sized front porch from the exterior shots. There is no foyer; one enters directly into the long and narrow living room. This is separated from the dining room by dividers. (  In the larger more ornate homes of this time period the room dividers are often seen to have built in bookcases. )   Common to many of these older homes are built-ins, and my dining room holds one, which is a china cabinet.  Off of the dining room is a very small galley kitchen. From there you can go out to a back porch, or proceed down to the basement. Halfway down to the basement is a landing with a small closet on one side and a door leading out on the other side.

The upstairs is accessed from the dining room. There is a small landing halfway up. This is a two bedroom, 1 bath home, with no attic. The ceilings slope in the bedrooms. One bedroom has a small closet. The other bedroom has a closet as well, with two long narrow closets running along each side of the room.  They are approximately three feet wide. You cannot completely stand up in these narrow closets…the ceiling slopes quite steeply there. The upstairs is warm in the winter and quite hot in the summer. I believe this is due to the lack of an attic.

This home has steam heat with radiators in every room and the furnace is actually called a boiler.  This is one of many older homes across America that rely on window air conditioners for cooling in the summer, rather than whole house air.

The wide stairs and landings are a nice feature of this bungalow. When older homes in this community go up for sale, I like to visit their open house or online photos if I can, and many a home has a steep narrow staircase leading upstairs and to the basement so I do appreciate this feature.

While this is not a full home tour, here are a few shots so that you can get an idea of the built in, room dividers, and small galley kitchen area.

From HGTV

“Do I live in a bungalow?

Bungalow is usually described as a form, not a style. It can have detailing that makes it a certain style—and experts agree that most bungalows are arts-and-crafts style, or a simplified craftsman style. A bungalow generally has most of these qualities:

  • Built 1900-1929.
  • One or one-and-a-half stories.
  • Overhanging eaves.
  • Generous porch.
  • Heavy columns on the porch, often with rock or stone supports.
  • Double-hung windows, sometimes with the top section divided into three or six sections.
  • Living room joined to the dining room with an arch or columns between.
  • Built-in cabinets or sideboard.
  • Small kitchen.
  • Living room doubles as the family room.
  • Fireplace.”

While this post has a few photos, for a full Home and Garden Tour, visit HERE

 

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43 Responses to My Little Bungalow Interior

  1. Theresa says:

    So cozy and lovely.

  2. Love your cozy bungalow! What a pretty built in hutch and your wood floors and your sweet dog behind the sofa.

  3. Sandy says:

    Hi there! I’m popping over from Brenda’s place. I can’t wait until you do a whole home tour. I love your bungalow! It’s got so much charm. Wanted to say welcome. I could always learn and use more tips on how to be more frugal.

  4. Carol Cook says:

    Oh, the built ins! Our house was 832 sq. ft. but we added a studio for my husband. Maybe we are 1000 sq. ft. now. It was built as a beach cottage for an inland family in 1928 so there are few frills. They would not have had their china on display. There is no entry closet for coats and since it was built long before boogie boards and wetsuits, no utility closet. It is just a simple little place.

    I can’t wait to look at more of your bungalow.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      No entry closet here either, Carol! :) I had a coat rack for years until a certain little grandson broke it one day last year : )

  5. Clara Strom says:

    Me again Debra. Thanks for sharing your home. It is adorable. Just the perfect cozy place to sit and have a cup of coffee with a friend.
    Clara

  6. You have such a beautiful home! I LOVE the built in, in the dining room. Gorgeous! And the wall color is perfect! What color is it?

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Hi Laura…I did that accent wall a few years ago and I honestly don’t remember the color…I am pretty sure it was a Ralph Lauren something but I’d picked about 10 samples to bring home and try prior to finally deciding so no wonder I don’t know :) It’s a strange color but it worked for me…sort of a grayish teal

  7. lynn says:

    I am quite surprized if I had not read that you live in Pennsylvania, by your interior and exterior, your home could have been in Vancouver or Victoria, BC Canada, I wonder if they are or were kit homes, I shall have to investigate. You have decorated your place beautifully.

  8. When I lived in Brooklyn, NY my house was 1200 square feet, which included the finished basement :) My husband and I raised our two children there comfortably. When we moved to Colorado we bought a larger home, but only because it was updated the way we wanted it, and we also wanted room for our grandchildren, who now all live nearby. I now see a smaller home was less upkeep — your home is beautiful!

  9. Linda says:

    I live in a 1100 sq ft one story rambler and one bathrm. 2 yrs ago we remodeled and our bathrm looks 21 century. A friend told me when she saw the bathrm. it looked like something out of a magazine .

    then a yr. ago we remodeled the kitchen to 21 century. We are so please with our little bungalow.

    I really like yours!

  10. Amy says:

    I just love your house! It is so warm and cozy!

  11. Vickie says:

    I love all the craftsman details inside your home! I’d love to have the built-in china cabinet. I have a friend who has one almost exactly like yours and I’ve always admired it.

  12. Your place is really sweet, homey, cozy, I love it.

  13. LOVE-LOVE-LOVE it!!!! Oh!!! please show more of the rooms!!!! Do you have old bath fixtures? w/ hex flooring?
    My old home was much the same….only all of the woodwork was never painted…all original built in 1907. Boy, do I miss it. I am praying to make one more move back into an oldie.
    I am SO very happy I found your blog!!!!
    Oh!, my family is from Exeter, PA….spent many summers out there visiting grandparents…are you close by?
    Addie from California

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Oh my, Addie..thank you ! Let me think…there are a few posts that show more…if you just do a search for Baskets and Laura Ingalls Wilder that shows some…then The Dining Room and My red Hutch shows more, and there is a recent one about Fall Decorations …it shows a bit as well. I should put these links into the Home Interior page, come to think of it! :)
      When I moved here the bathroom was all funky old Marlite ( Spelling ? ) from perhaps the 70’s or so ? Not sure…the house was carpeted ( I later tore up a good bit of that to expose the original hardwood floors ) and the kitchen had a green and yellow linoleum…not sure about that; 50’s, perhaps ?
      I am in Houston PA…Western PA south of Pittsburgh in Washington County. From quick Google it looks like Exeter is on the Eastern part but hey, PA is Pa! :)
      Woodwork.it is original on the stair railings and upstairs…painted ( when I moved here ) downstairs.

  14. JUDY IN TEXAS says:

    You have a beautiful home.

  15. Dolores says:

    You have a lovely home. I am confused though, I always equate bungalow with a one storey house. You mentioned stairs leading up. Here’s what I found as a definition:
    bun·ga·low
    ˈbəNGgəˌlō/
    noun
    noun: bungalow; plural noun: bungalows

    1.
    a low house, with a broad front porch, having either no upper floor or upper rooms set in the roof, typically with dormer windows.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Hi Dolores..I know it can be confusing. On the one hand bungalows can be just one story or as your definition said “Upper rooms set in the roof ” which is like my style of home, where there is no attic / and I think this is why my upstairs is so hot in the summer :(

      Bungalow is usually described as a form, not a style. It can have detailing that makes it a certain style—and experts agree that most bungalows are arts-and-crafts style, or a simplified craftsman style. A bungalow generally has most of these qualities:

      Built 1900-1929.
      One or one-and-a-half stories.
      Overhanging eaves.
      Generous porch.
      Heavy columns on the porch, often with rock or stone supports.
      Double-hung windows, sometimes with the top section divided into three or six sections.
      Living room joined to the dining room with an arch or columns between.
      Built-in cabinets or sideboard.
      Small kitchen.
      Living room doubles as the family room.
      Fireplace.”

  16. Your home has a real beauty about it, a serene charm. I do so love it. Thank you for sharing. Alexa from Australia

  17. Hi Debra! You left a sweet comment on my blog a while back and I’m visiting you today to take a look around your blog. Love it so far! Your bungalow is adorable – so much character and exactly the kind of house I would love to live in. I’m adding you to my favorites and will be following you :)

  18. sally says:

    Oh, it’s SO cute. I love the pics! :)

  19. Bev says:

    You’ve done a wonderful job decorating your bungalow. It’s so warm and cozy and inviting. Hubby and I just moved into one one week ago :) We are still unpacking and decorating and it’s been fun although tiring. Please follow my blog fellow bungalow-er :) -Bev

  20. Dawn says:

    Debra, I feel right ‘at home’ in your cute, little bungalow! My little bungalow in the Midwest was built in 1922. It’s such fun to visit your blog. Come visit my gardens. We’ll have iced tea on the porch! ♡

  21. This place is just darling. I love what you’ve done with it. Personally, I find small places so warm, cozy, and livable.

  22. RoseMary says:

    Debra,
    What a charmer your home is! So Welcoming.
    Love the built-ins. Wish I could sit on your porch and work on quilts there. Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers, they say you’re welcome here.

  23. Pat says:

    Your place is lovely and cozy :)

  24. mj says:

    I adore your built in china cabinet in DR. No need to take up floor space with a piece of furniture and it is a beautiful design for storing china and linens etc., AND a buffet.
    I keep telling my sweetie i want a house like yours and he keeps saying, “don’t buy anything built before 1980. No matter what you do to it, its still an old house.” He doesn’t get it that old houses often are built better and, besides, I grew up in an old house and they “speak to me” in ways newer houses never have. You were so fortunate to find your lovely nest.

  25. Your cozy home has beautiful color everywhere. The kitchen window- say no more. I love the size and openness to the outdoors.

  26. Teresa says:

    I love your home! It has so many interesting features. I wish mine had some of those. The doorway nto dining area, built in hutch, etc. Such a cheerie home!

  27. What a sweet place you have! Thank you for visiting my house tour and leaving such a nice comment!

    xo

  28. Sandy says:

    Beautiful home and it looks very inviting and lived in. Loved the built in china cabinet. Old homes have so much character.

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