Bungalow Definition

The usual definition of a bungalow is a one-story wood frame house with a low-pitched roof, often with a large veranda or porch. 

Bungalows are particularly associated with architectural styles from around 1900 into the 1920s, and remained popular through the 1930s. Bungalows tend to be small, a few hundred square feet. Part of the original attraction of bungalows was that they were small and affordable enough so that moderate income families could purchase a home. 

Today, the fate of bungalows in many American cities has been either to be fashionably rehabbed into expensive trendy housing, or torn down and replaced by the much larger homes in contemporary flavor. 

The original bungalow style seems to have been a creative British adaptation of traditional architectural elements from India, designed to cope with the oppressive heat of Bengal and other parts of India. 

The British took the name and the style home, where it was picked up by several famous architects.  The bungalow became so popular that in the United States that bungalow kits could be ordered from catalogs. These were kits that included everything needed to build the house. The most famous style was the California bungalow.

Probably not one American in a hundred knows that the bungalow originates in India.

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