A Small Bungalow Perfectly Restored

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 chose two good mattresses for it so it’s extremely comfortable and yet it doesn’t take up my entire room. I have room for a comfortable chair 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 a unique spaces celebrating your own personal style!

The History of Bungalows

A Bangla House in India

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.

Bungalow Characteristics

So in the bungalows were built in America between about 1900 and 1935. They’re still popular, today.

The first bungalows were built 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!

(Updated 4/21/2018)

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The Best Links for Small Space Decor Ideas

 

Buffet in RoomThere are so many resources out in cyberspace that give excellent advice and that tweak your decorating creativity.

Decorating and organizing a small space doesn’t have to be impossible…you just have to know where to look.

Here are links to a few of my favorite online resources:

In my post How to Personalize a Small Space Rental, I’ve included a video from Apartment Therapy showing two apartments with identical layouts but totally different vibes.  Apartment Therapy is probably my favorite decorating site simply because it encompasses such a wide variety of decorating dilemmas…not just small space decor.

Pinterest and Houzz – 2 Favorites

Another fabulous site for decorating ideas is Pinterest.  Seriously, if you need ideas for holiday decor or bathroom vanities or gardening in a small space, Pinterest is a great place to search.

Even if you don’t need decorating ideas, you’ll find all sorts of hints, tips and solutions for healthy recipes or funny quotes, craft ideas, wall art, home based business ideas…you name it and I’ll bet you’ll find just what you’re looking for.

small yardIf you haven’t already, consider joining Pinterest…you can create your own Boards and save your favorite ideas from other Pinterest friends.

Start by visiting my Pinterest Boards…I’ve got 28 boards and more than a thousand pins!  One of my boards is Small Space Solutions.

The first decorating site I joined was Houzz.  That was before I moved to a townhouse.  But Houzz has thousands of decorating and DIY ideas for homes and gardens both large and small.  It’s a wonderful place to present a design dilemma at the Advice tab.  You’ll get answers or suggestions from other members and a few professionals to help you with your problem.

Finding Perfect Furnishings is Fun!

One Kings Lane is another beautiful resource for every possible home decor ideas that you might be searching for…and now you can search for whatever you need for entertaining, gifting and decorating. So much beautiful art objects like this:


8″ Nautilus w/ Sterling Silver, Brown

from: One Kings Lane

They’ve got furniture and decor for every room in your home! Be sure to check out the website.

There’s also up to 70% off  in their warehouse sale…can’t beat that deal!

So check out these links and please let me know your thoughts.

If you have favorite decorating sites, I’d love to include them.

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