“In Planning A House, The Kitchen Should Come in For the First Thought Instead of the Last….”
– Gustav Stickley (1858-1942) bungalow furniture manufacturer, publisher, & leader in the American Arts & Crafts Movement.

BUNGALOW KITCHENS

Warm & inviting, authentic bungalow kitchens express everything we love about old houses- the lino floosr, the inset doors & drawers, the drainboard sinks- all tell the story of the period. Stepping into an old kitchen provides a further connection with the technology, philosophy & aesthetic of the time & as well as the lives of its occupants.

Read about how to plan & create a family friendly, workable bungalow kitchen.

OLD HOUSE RESTORATION VIDEOS-Architectural Salvage

OLD HOUSE RESTORATION VIDEOS-Architectural Salvage

In this internet age, there is very little that you can’t find on YouTube so I have put together a list of old house restoration videos, arranged by skill/trade for you to view. Whether you plan to do a project yourself, or hire a professional tradesperson, it is wise...

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BUNGALOW ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE RESOURCES

BUNGALOW ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE RESOURCES

I put a call out to my Facebook followers for their favorite bungalow architectural salvage resources. I have long been a fan of the idea of salvage, as well the the practicalities of the practice. In my previous article, I write about the cultural, economic &...

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BUNGALOW ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE

BUNGALOW ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE

If you should be fortunate enough to have a bungalow, architectural salvage can be your BFF. Merriam Webster defines salvage as "property saved from destruction in a calamity (such as a wreck or fire)." Cambridge adds, "to try to make a bad situation better." Not...

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PAINTING A BUNGALOW LINOLEUM FLOOR

PAINTING A BUNGALOW LINOLEUM FLOOR

The reason I'm even proposing the weird idea of painting a bungalow linoleum floor is because, sadly, the lino patterns you see in Jane Powell’s book, LINOLEUM, are no longer manufactured. Twenty-five years ago, you could pay a ridiculous amount of money for a roll of...

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CREATING A DREAM BUNGALOW KITCHEN, Part 2

CREATING A DREAM BUNGALOW KITCHEN, Part 2

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER I began collecting the pieces for my dream bungalow kitchen. The first was the stove because I knew that it would take 2 ½ years to be restored, all the way in Georgia at . When I lived in L.A., there were several antique appliance sources, one...

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CREATING A BUNGALOW KITCHEN, PART 1

CREATING A BUNGALOW KITCHEN, PART 1

Time to grab your Kleenex box. Creating a bungalow kitchen never got any further than the dreams stage for me. I’d had my nose buried in Jane Powell’s BUNGALOW KITCHENS for a number of years & wanted nothing more (maybe world peace, but that’s about it) than an...

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YOUR BUNGALOW KITCHEN MAKEOVER

YOUR BUNGALOW KITCHEN MAKEOVER

You are so ready for your bungalow kitchen makeover. Your current kitchen is a confusing mash-up of several decades of “updating,” a chronicle of the latest trends & a vivid tale of too many decades spoiling the broth. Yeah, that was my kitchen & the broth was...

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LINOLEUM

LINOLEUM

Just so’s you know, these are not images from the book. They are ones that I have found in my own research & am including to whet your appetite for the real ones in the book which are WAY COOLER!!!!!!!!!!

Linoleum is not vinyl. Vinyl, flooring, manufactured since the 1980s (The decade alone should tell ya somethin’.) is composed of colored polyvinyl chloride (PVC) chips smushed into solid sheets by heat and pressure.

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DISCOVER BUNGALOW KITCHENS BY JANE POWELL

DISCOVER BUNGALOW KITCHENS BY JANE POWELL

Jane had just arrived in Tampa after having flown for 10 hours from Oakland. It was almost midnight (though admittedly only 9 PM Oakland time) & I was giving her a snack in my kitchen. I had been planning my Jane Powell kitchen restoration for 5 years. I hadn’t managed it in my L.A. house & was planning to give it another go in Tampa. My kitchen was awful. It was a mishmash of 50’s cabinets, a black marble countertop, fake stone tile flooring, Miami metal windows, a 60’s wall oven & a who-knows-when cooktop.

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craftsman house
Craftsman House