A Small California Bungalow
Here’s a fabulous article from Houzz about a homeowner in Long Beach, California who truly made the most of his small 1919 bungalow. Gotta hand it to those clever Californians…they do know how to make the most of what they’ve got!
You can view the slideshow by using the arrows on the pictures or click on THIS LINK and it’ll open a new page.
I especially love the kitchen…nothing is attached to the walls so the room can be reconfigured. It also makes arranging the elements of the kitchen easier if the space is small.
Additionally, that front porch on this small bungalow is a bonus room…in California, especially, where the weather is mild all year round. But front porches are bonus extra living spaces no matter where they are.
It’s a perfect example of remodeling on a budget, too. Had he not purchased a high-end refrigerator, the entire remodel came to about $2000.
Repurposing items, shopping on Craigslist or at resale shops or flea markets is a smart move even if your budget is larger.
Multi-purpose furniture like storage ottomans that could be used as coffee tables or footstools are particularly popular.
Another good multipurpose piece is a daybed with a trundle. I have a daybed with trundle in my guest room.
I bought two good mattresses for that daybed so it’s extremely comfortable and yet it doesn’t take up my entire room. I have room for a comfortable chair, a small desk and good lighting.
These are smart choices regardless of the budget or whether you’re shopping at traditional retail stores or via resale shops, etc.
Since bungalows are typically smaller homes these tips for furnishing them are good to know. The end results are unique spaces celebrating your own personal style!
The History of Bungalows
Did you know that bungalows originated in India? They did!
The word bungalow is derived from the Indian word Bangla which was a small dwelling with a thatched roof.
During the British Colonial occupation of India, the style was adapted with wide covered porches or verandas, and an open concept that allowed for much air circulation in the hot and dusty climate.
So bungalows were built in America between about 1900 and 1935. They’re still popular, today.
The first bungalows were in California where the climate was conducive to the open floor plan style for good airflow and wide verandas for relaxing.
Typical characteristics of this style include:
- Single story to 1-1/2 stories
- Wide front porches
- Dormer Windows (usually in the front)
- Low-pitched gable roofs
- Natural materials such as stone and cedar and sometimes stucco.
- Open interiors with built-in bookcases and sideboards
- Also called Craftsman or Arts & Crafts style
If you’re renovating a bungalow or if you would love to own one, you’ll find more than 300 photos, excellent examples and good advice in the book, Bungalow Style.
It’s just one example on a whole host of books celebrating this classic home architecture.
I don’t own a bungalow but I’m continually tweaking my own small space. It’s what I do for fun!
Do you have a remodel-on-a-budget that you’d like to share?
I’d love your comments and encourage you to post photos, too!
Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned!