“The first California house designated as a bungalow …was a strange jumble of Bengalese, Queen Anne & Swiss Chalet architecture.”
– Dr. Robert Winter, aka “Bungalow Bob” esteemed architectural historian (Pardon my paraphrasing)

BUNGALOW EXTERIOR FEATURES

OLD HOUSE RESTORATION VIDEOS-Exterior Wood Siding

OLD HOUSE RESTORATION VIDEOS-Exterior Wood Siding

I just realized that these 3 videos about old house, exterior wood siding were made by some of my favorite guys in the old home fix-it business. Each one of them is friendly, bright & they are all excellent teachers. An interesting thing about all 3 is that every...

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WHAT THE HECK IS A BUNGALOW ANYWAY?

WHAT THE HECK IS A BUNGALOW ANYWAY?

I see it all the time on Facebook groups. Someone asks what the architectural style of their home is and someone comments, "It's a bungalow." And even if the statement is correct, the answer is wrong. That's because the term bungalow does not reference an...

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THE TUDOR/ CRAFTSMAN HOUSE CONNECTION

THE TUDOR/ CRAFTSMAN HOUSE CONNECTION

There are a lot of styles with crossover elements that can make them confusing to classify (and sometimes make architectural historians argue). Craftsman (1905-1930) and Tudor Revival (1890-1940) are two house styles that were popular around the same time period in...

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THE STORY OF THE CHICAGO BUNGALOW

THE STORY OF THE CHICAGO BUNGALOW

The story of the Chicago bungalow isn't about the houses, it’s about the humanity. I call it, “Grits & girdles history.” Because our houses tell the stories of the lives of the people who built them & how they lived, worked & formed their communities- the...

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BUNGALOW CHARACTERISTICS, Part 1

BUNGALOW CHARACTERISTICS, Part 1

Let's break down some bungalow characteristics to better understand what makes a bungalow, a bungalow. Character defining features, as further explained in the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation Projects is a term that means the way the...

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OUR OLD HOUSES ARE BUILT FROM OLD GROWTH WOOD

OUR OLD HOUSES ARE BUILT FROM OLD GROWTH WOOD

From their framing to their siding to their doors & windows to their built-ins & their flooring, our old houses, are built of old growth wood. Thousands of board feet of it. "Old growth." What does that mean? Let's have a tree history lesson. Fossils show that...

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MY 1910 CRAFTSMAN IN EAGLE ROCK

MY 1910 CRAFTSMAN IN EAGLE ROCK

The story begins with my love affair with the Alfred W. & Grace D. Hare House, a beautiful Craftsman, in Eagle Rock, a bungalow neighborhood in N.E. Los Angeles. Once an incorporated town in its own right, Eagle Rock is just west of Pasadena & was clearly...

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BUNGALOW DETAILS: EXTERIOR- GLOSSARY

BUNGALOW DETAILS: EXTERIOR- GLOSSARY

This bungalow details exterior glossary will help you get a rapid grasp of what makes a bungalow a bungalow, & not a Mid-Century, a Queen Anne or a Dutch Revival. Many of the terms are applicable to other styles of homes, & some to all periods of architecture...

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BUNGALOW DETAILS: EXTERIOR

BUNGALOW DETAILS: EXTERIOR

As in DETAILS: INTERIOR, I’m going to go chapter by chapter highlighting the contents of this wonderful & informative book, while pointing out pictures of my house!

The very first image is a full-pager of a river rock column topped by a lantern. Though unidentified in the book, this column was crafted by the steward of the Hanson Puthuff House in Eagle Rock, California. As defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Archaeological stewardship is the preservation, protection and maintenance of cultural resources. This involves making sure that cultural resources are not looted, vandalized or destroyed. Stewards are both caretakers and advocates of the archaeological record.”

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EVERY BUNGALOW NEEDS A CUSTOM SHED MINI-ME

EVERY BUNGALOW NEEDS A CUSTOM SHED MINI-ME

I’m a gardener & a shed for me is a much needed item. I love to buy pots, tools & soil supplements & I need a place to stash the dang stuff. Lacking a garage, it also needed to store hardware, tools & of course, the bar-be-que. I’m also a bog fan of tiny houses, so I’d also like it to look like the wee folk could live there in comfort. And, it has to be lovely. It’s plunk in the middle of my backyard so it needs to complement the plants & ideally, mimic my house.

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Historic Shed Traditionally designed outbuildings

Historic Shed Traditionally designed outbuildings