With their wide, inviting front porches and open living areas, Bungalow house plans represent a popular home design nationwide.
The Bungalow style is typically considered the less formal cousin of the Craftsman and Prairie styles. In fact, the term “Bungalow” may refer to any modestly sized, one or one-and-a-half story home. Their simple designs and general affordability made Bungalows perfect candidates for plan books and kit homes, spreading their popularity throughout the country in the early part of the 20th century. The signature porch bridged the public yard and private interior of the Bungalow, providing an extra room for the homeowner and a setting for neighbors to interact in the burgeoning suburbs.
A Bungalow house plan is generally longer than it is wide, with at least one front-facing gable and a covered porch or stoop supported by tapered or paired posts, which lend it a Craftsman-like character. However, any number of architectural styles may influence a Bungalow home design, from Victorian to Spanish Revival. The Bungalow floor plan features an open living area, with kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms arranged for easy accessibility. Though most bungalows appear to be only one story from the street, many offer a half-story under the roof, with upstairs rooms lit by shed-roofed dormers.