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Short story of the bungalow houses

A bungalow is a one-story residence for a single family with a big veranda and a flat roof.

The term "bungalow" has its origins in Bengali communities, which are today divided between India and Bangladesh. It's a "Bengali-style structure" if you translate it literally from Hindi. When the British colonized India, light one-story residences were constructed for wealthy British tourists and colonizers. The notion of creating such houses was then taken home by English seamen, and villages in England fell in love with bungalows because of their simplicity and inexpensive cost of construction. Initially, these structures were tiny one-story structures inhabited by Foggy Albion's peasants and farmers.

This basic and low-cost kind of structure had already overrun the American continent by the end of the nineteenth century. The first bungalow building was constructed in the United States in 1879, and bungalows quickly expanded throughout California and other US states, as well as Australia and Europe.

bungalow house for a small family
simple and small bungalow house

Bungalows astounded America during the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth century. These modest dwellings, starting at $900, expressed the dream of many Americans for comfortable housing with cutting-edge technology.

The popularity of bungalows was the first time the austere design was seen outside of privileged areas. Bungalows have given middle-class individuals the legitimacy they've craved for a long time. The bungalow became the personification of the American dream due to its unique traits of design, convenience, simplicity, sturdy construction, and comfort.

William Gibbons designed the first bungalow in the United States in 1879. It was a two-story mansion erected on Monument Beach on the Cape Cod Peninsula in Massachusetts, contrary to common perception. It was most likely called a bungalow because it resembled a vacation home. The concept expanded from east to west. California, a well-known resort, was the best location for bungalows. The land was inexpensive, and young people with low wages and the elderly with moderate pensions were interested in the possibility to build nice and affordable dwellings. In the early 1890s, San Francisco architect A. Paige Brown designed the first California bungalow for J. D. Grant.

The bungalow's horizontal orientation is a distinguishing feature. The bungalows are really cozy. The major goal of the bungalow, according to early twentieth-century advertising pamphlets, was to put as much living space on one floor as possible. The advantages are self-evident: the lack of a second storey simplifies the building procedure. It is easier to install all of the necessary equipment in a single-story home than it is in a two-story home. Security is at its highest degree, because in the event of a fire, not only the door but also the windows can be used to escape.

In addition, the classic bungalow has no stairs, which is a real gift for the elderly, as well as housewives who can do household chores without running up and down the stairs.

large but modest bungalow house
back yard of the big bungalow house

Bungalows mean a connection to nature, but with style, for builders and owners. Bungalows, formerly seen as a symbol of closeness to nature, have ironically evolved into the standard architecture of cities and suburbs.

The bungalows, as modest they may appear, epitomized the norm of most Americans - a separate plot of land for one family, with a garden, albeit little, and a parking place - a standard that has endured to this day.

Bungalows are now commonplace in Canada, the United States, South Africa, India, Southeast Asia, and Australia as a type of property. For more than a century and a half, the bungalows have existed in various forms. A modern bungalow can be a three-story building with numerous households in Canada, or a flat-roofed cottage meant solely for tourist usage in South Africa.

In comfortable residences with bungalow-style interiors, the rational use of all space and the utility of objects must be combined.

A spacious porch that is close to the backyard is a must for a bungalow design. Photos of such homes make it easy to recognize them.

Bungalow interiors are typically rich in natural colours and materials (it is best if the latter will be mined in the area). The design, which is reminiscent of the ornamentation of basic country houses, takes center stage in such an interior.