What is a Bungalow?

BungalowDrive through many Chicago neighborhoods and you’re bound to see street after street lined with charming bungalows. They’re so popular in the area that there’s an entire organization devoted to the preservation and promotion of the Chicago Bungalow.

These modest houses started showing up in the Chicagoland area between 1910 and 1940 during a period of significant economic growth. Due to its simplistic design, this type of home was an economical choice for young families and first-time home buyers.  At the time, it was also a welcome change from the ornate Victorian homes, which were beginning to decline in popularity.

In terms of its architectural style, bungalows are typically a one or one-and-a-half-story home with a low-pitched roof. The edges of the roof, known as eaves, are large and hang over the building, which is usually comprised of brick, lapped siding, or shingles. Additionally, the home typically features a large front porch and an entrance that opens into the living room. Once inside, there is usually an open floor plan and plenty of built-in shelving for organization.

Remodeling a bungalow takes some care as to not diminish the charm of these iconic homes, particularly when it comes to creating an addition. Interior remodeling, such as a kitchen is more straightforward, although you still want to be mindful of the architectural style of the home to ensure that the newly remodeled interior remains a good fit with the exterior.

Are you interested in remodeling your Chicago Bungalow? Talk with a designer or architect to learn about what’s involved in taking your home to the next level. You can also register for educational home remodeling webinars and find even more insights and ideas by following Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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