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.
“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.
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