|Nice bungalow on Oleander Street Here the upstairs rooms seem to be later.|
First, the trade catalogues (and Sears are the best published) offer plenty of options for all the types and also offer to send plans, when they will work well, flipped left to right, and all the millwork you might like, such as side lights by doors, lights above doors, window designs, etc. To begin with, here, you might have gables or not, and you needn't have the upstairs bedrooms.
Second, with nearly a century's wear and tear, not to mention storms, at least half the bungalows have major renovations especially on the porches. See the very instructive two pages of comparanda of the very same house pattern in St. Genevieve, Missouri, where, as the authors say, only the first remains essentially unaltered. That type, by the way, is the 'bungalow' that resembles a double shotgun with its main wall right down the middle, under the ridgepole, which I shall also try to treat here, in the next post.
See Virginia and Lee McAlester's Field Guide to American Houses, pp. 18-19, which indeed is the best single book and still in print, with good reason. No matter what you do to the porch and gables, the rooms and measurements remain the same (putting a camel-back onto the rear doesn't count). By the way, these houses are quite different from New Orleans 'shotguns'. My only complaint with the McAlesters is their including so few of ours.
|Notice that here, and quite properly, the dormer window is opened out of the main roof, and the porch is structurally separate. This is a definite bungalow, though details of the front may have been remodeled.|
|With Craftman brackets at the gable, with flat paired posts rather than columns across the porch and with the posts set on solid pillars, this seems the very type of the Craftsman-inspired modest bungalow.|