Bungalow style homes are traditionally defined as a detached one- or one-and-a-half-story house with broad eaves, an open porch, and design details in the Arts and Crafts style. The homes have large wide porches as part of the style.

Residential Architect contributor Mike Jackson looks at the history of the bungalow style home in this post, which is part of a monthly series that explores the historical applications of building materials and systems through resources from the Building Technology Heritage Library (BTHL).

The term bungalow appeared in catalogs through the mid-20th century, with its Arts and Crafts connection was slowly phased out during that time and replaced with Colonial Revival influences. While the style of the bungalow changed, its efficient plan continues to inspire. Stylistically, the most popular versions in America reference the Arts and Crafts movement, but variations in stucco, colonial, and Swiss chalet styles can also be found.

Continue reading to take a look at the catalog pages featuring bungalows.

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