The bungalow was hugely popular
during the first third of the twentieth
century, when it helped meet the need
for good, basic housing. Bungalows predominate
in some of the nicest neighborhoods
in Denver, and I see a lot of
them in my work.
The architect Gustav Stickley called
the bungalow "a house reduced to its
simplest form." This is both its strongest
attribute and its major limitation. A
1,000 square foot, two bedroom home
with a 10x12 kitchen was adequate for
our grandparents' generation, but by
today's standards it's far too small.
A bungalow is most easily recognized
by its broad, low-pitched roof, which
gives it a broad-based feeling of solidity.
The low eaves create intimacy and