House Style Series: All About the Bungalow

Dated: 02/11/2013

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by T.J. Anderson

Nashville



House Style: THE BUNGALOW

Otherwise known as: (depending on style) American Bungalow, Craftsman-style Bungalow, Prairie-style Bungalow, California Bungalow

Defining characteristics: Technically, a bungalow is a one-and-a-half-story house with a front porch, but over the decades lots of wiggle room has developed within this definition. The bungalow took off from 1905 to 1930 and became known and loved for how efficiently it made use of space. Most of these homes are small- to medium-sized and open directly into the living room. Few have hallways to connect rooms. Built-in shelves, seats, and cabinets are common, often on either side of a large fireplace. Low-pitched roofs, eaves with exposed rafters, decorative knee braces, and tapered columns can also be expected. Interestingly enough, the bungalow has come to be known as quintessentially American but it has its architectural roots in India. There British colonists used the earliest bungalow designs as summer homes. The first American bungalow was built in Cape Cod in 1879 although two California architects (Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene) are credited with popularizing them.

Where to find them in Nashville: all over East Nashville, 12th South, and Sylvan Park



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Interested in seeing one of these homes or other bungalows for sale in Nashville? Reach me at 615-866.4670.

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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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