American Bungalow House Plan
¶ For any place in America, whether mountain or valley, that is really in the country, the best form of summer home is the American bungalow. It is a house reduced to its simplest form, where life may be carried on with the greatest amount of freedom and comfort and the least amount of effort.
¶ It never fails to harmonize with its surroundings, because its low broad proportions and absolute lack of ornamentation give it a character so natural and unaffected that it seems to sink into and blend with any landscape.
¶ It may be built of any local material and with the aid of such help as local workmen can afford, so it is never expensive unless elaborated out of all kinship with its real character of a primitive dwelling. It is beautiful, because it is planned and built to meet simple needs in the simplest and most direct way; and it is individual for the same reason, as no two families have tastes and needs alike.
¶ The bungalow illustrated here is designed on the purest Craftsman lines. The material we have suggested is cedar shingles throughout with a foundation and chimney of rough gray stone. No cellar is provided, but the walls have a footing below the frost line and space under the floor for ventilation. The building is in the form of a T, the main portion covering a space 24 by 40 feet and the extension at the back fourteen by 36 feet. The low pitched, widely overhanging roof gives a settled, sheltered look to the building, and this is emphasized even more by the deeply recessed porch in front, which is meant to be used as a small outdoor sitting room.
¶ The porch between the kitchen and the main part of the house is really a portion of the extension left with open sides and is intended for an outdoor dining room that shall be sufficiently sheltered from storms to allow the outdoor life to go on through any sort of weather.
¶ The living room occupies the whole center of the house, except for the recessed porch in front, and it is one of the best examples of the Craftsman idea of the decorative value that lies in revealing the actual construction of the building. Everyone knows the sense of space and freedom given by a ceiling that follows the line of the roof. It seems to add materially to the size of the room and when it is of wood it gives the keynote for a most friendly and restful color scheme. In this case the whole room is of wood, save for the rough gray plaster of the walls and the stone of the fire place. A balcony runs across one side, serving the double purpose of recessing the fireplace into a comfortable and inviting nook, and of affording a small retreat whicn may be used as a study or lounging place, or as an extra sleeping place in case of an overflow of guests, or even as a storage place for trunks. Its uses are many, but its value as an addition to the beauty of the room is always the same.
¶ The sleeping rooms, four in number, occupy the two ends of the main building. They are all of ample size for camp life, and are plastered, walls and ceiling.
Open Air Dining
¶ The dining porch is one of the most distinctive features of the bungalow. It occupies just half of the extension and completely separates the kitchen from the main part of the house.
¶ The kitchen is well open to air and light. Instead of a pantry the whole of one side is occupied by cupboards amply supplied with shelves and drawers.
This is American Bungalow
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