Bungalow Homes - Photos of Traditionally Small House Styles

Craftsman-style house. Getty Images/Joe Schmelzer

With only one or one-and-a-half stories, bungalows are compact and economical houses, but just take a  look at the photos below to get a sense of the variety of small homes that date to early 20th century.

Chalet Bungalow

1916 Bungalow in the Curtis Park neighborhood of Sacramento, California
Bungalow House Pictures 1916 Bungalow in the Curtis Park neighborhood of Sacramento, California. Photo © Connie Fanós

Fanciful details give this picturesque bungalow the look of a Swiss chalet.

Features on this California Bungalow suggest a charming mountainside chalet in Germany or Switzerland. Detailing on the home also resembles the much older Stick Style used during the Victorian era.

Swiss Chalet Bungalows Have These Features:

The homeowner writes:

Built in the Curtis Park neighborhood of Sacramento in 1916, this house had no hallway. Three bedrooms with one "jack and jill" bathroom occupied the space to the left of the front door, from front to back.

The space to the right of the front door includes the living room, formal dining room, and kitchen. A wooden back porch appears to have been enclosed later to provide a laundry room behind the kitchen.

The original ship-lap siding was shingled over, presumably in the 1950s. It also appears that the original front porch spanned the entire house, but was later used to increase the living room size.

Pink Bungalow in Sacramento

Craftsman Bungalow house in Sacramento, California
Bungalow House Pictures Craftsman Bungalow house in Sacramento, California. See more bungalow styles. Photo © Joshua Lurie-Terrell / hewnandhammered.com

The color is unconventional, but the details are typical for a California Bungalow. Notice the broad front gable, massive brackets, and trapezoid porch pillars.

This classic California Bungalow is in Sacramento.

Craftsman Cottage

Craftsman house with window boxes.
Bungalow House Pictures Craftsman house with window boxes. Photo ©Jackie Craven

Stone pillars and a prominent stone chimney give this Craftsman Bungalow storybook charm.

Even the window boxes have a fanciful flair in this charming bungalow.

Sacramento Bungalow

Craftsman Bungalow house in Sacramento, California
Bungalow House Pictures Craftsman Bungalow house in Sacramento, California. See more bungalow styles. Photo © Joshua Lurie-Terrell / hewnandhammered.com

A typical Craftsman Bungalow in Sacramento, California.

Colorful Texas Bungalow

Brightly painted Bungalow in south Texas, built in 1910
Bungalow House Pictures Brightly painted Bungalow in south Texas, built in 1910. See more bungalow styles. Photo © Diana Kirby

This brightly painted Bungalow in South Texas was built in about 1910 and has many original Craftsman features, such as:

  • Wood siding
  • Low-pitched roof
  • Wide eaves
  • Gable truss
  • Exposed roof rafters
  • Porch with thick square columns
  • Brick porch supports
  • Exterior chimney made with brick
  • Open floor plans; one hallway
  • Numerous windows
  • Some windows with leaded glass
  • Beamed ceilings
  • Pine wainscoting and moldings
  • Built-in cabinets and shelves

California Bungalow

California Bungalow
Bungalow House Pictures California Bungalow. See more bungalow styles. Photo © iStockPhoto.com/Diana Lundin

With thick, square columns and a sloping roof, this stucco-sided home is a classic California Bungalow.

California is home to the American Bungalow style, and the bungalows that evolved there have become iconic across the USA. Features of a California Bungalow include:

  • 1-1 ½ stories
  • Sloping roof supported by sturdy beams
  • Spacious front porches
  • Exposed brackets and other Craftsman details
  • Spanish-inspired details

Spanish Revival Bungalow

Pueblo Bungalow near Los Angeles
Bungalow House Pictures Pueblo Bungalow near Los Angeles. Photo © iStockPhoto.com/David Liu

Spanish Colonial architecture influenced the design of this stucco-sided bungalow. Notice the red roof, parapets, walled terrace, and decorative tiles.

In California, Arizona, and other areas of the American southwest, bungalows often incorporated ideas borrowed from Spanish Colonial architecture. Spanish-inspired bungalows have many of these features:

  • Low-pitched or flat roof
  • Red tiles on roof
  • Parapets
  • Stucco-siding, usually painted white, cream, or tan
  • Carved wooden doors
  • Arched windows or doorways
  • Decorative wrought iron railings and window grills
  • Decorative glazed tile

A well-preserved example of Spanish style bungalows can be found in Long Beach, California where six courtyard homes form a small rental community at Brown's Court Apartments.

Art Moderne Bungalow

Art Moderne Bungalow
Bungalow House Pictures Art Moderne Bungalow. See more bungalow styles. Photo courtesy the homeowner, from "House Helpline" #1142

This Bungalow home has the rounded corners and streamlined form of the Art Moderne, or Streamline Moderne, style.

Chicago Bungalow

1925 Chicago Bungalow
Bungalow House Pictures: Bungalows in Chicago, Illinois 1925 Chicago Bungalow in Skokie, Illinois. See more bungalow styles. Photo GNU General Public License

Bungalows in and near Chicago, Illinois were often simple working class homes constructed of brick. Find facts below.

Like bungalows in other parts of the country, many Chicago Bungalows have leaded glass windows, natural woodwork, ceramic tile, and other Craftsman details. Distinguishing characteristics of the Chicago Bungalow include:

  • Brick construction
  • Full basement
  • Narrow frontage
  • Hipped roof
  • Large gabled dormer facing the street
  • Spacious porch, often enclosed

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Queen Anne Bungalow?

Remodeled home in Redondo Beach, California
Bungalow House Pictures This little house looks like a Queen Anne, but it's actually a remodeled bungalow. See more bungalow styles. Photo © Tyler McLaughlin

This playful little house looks like a Queen Anne Victorian, but if you examine the roof you can see the outlines of its true nature.

Behind the towers, spindles, and gingerbread, this house is a bungalow with a low, sloping roof and other typical bungaloid features.

The mock-Queen Anne house is located in Redondo Beach, California, in a residential neighborhood where homes are mostly Bungalows or Ranches.

Craftsman Bungalow

Craftsman Bungalow with a low, sloping roof
Bungalow House Pictures Craftsman Bungalow with a low, sloping roof. See more bungalow styles. Photo © Jackie Craven

The low, sloping roof on this bungalow is typical of the style. 

Craftsman Bungalow

Craftsman Bungalow with thick, round pillars.
Bungalow House Pictures Craftsman Bungalow with thick, round pillars. See more bungalow styles. Photo © Jackie Craven

Thick round pillars support the low sloping roof of this Craftsman Bungalow. 

Painted Craftsman Bungalow

Craftsman bungalow painted blue and white
Bungalow House Pictures Craftsman bungalow painted blue and white. See more bungalow styles. Photo © Jackie Craven

The owners painted this Craftsman Bungalow non-traditional colors. 

Gable-Front Bungalow

Craftsman Bungalow house in Sacramento, California
Bungalow House Pictures Craftsman Bungalow house in Sacramento, California. See more bungalow styles. Photo © Joshua Lurie-Terrell / hewnandhammered.com

This Craftsman Bungalow has a large, front-facing gable. 

Colonial Revival Bungalow

Colonial Revival Bungalow
Classical Details on a Bungalow Colonial Revival Bungalow. See more bungalow styles. Photo © Forum Member "Karnye2004"

Dignified, classical Colonial Revival details combined with bungaloid styling to create these simple yet elegant homes.

A puzzled reader submitted this photo, wondering: "Built in 1920, the house is somewhat reminiscent of a bungalow," the homeowner writes. But instead of rustic Craftsman details, this home has classical details. So what style is it?

The house is a Colonial Revival Bungalow, with many of the same features found on much larger Colonial Revival houses built during the early 20th century.

Colonial Revival Bungalows have many of these features:

  • Symmetrical, rectangular shape
  • Temple-like entrance: portico topped by a pediment
  • Classical Columns
  • Shutters
  • Garland and swag ornaments

Bungalow With Gabled Front Porch

Bungalow With Gabled Front Porch
Bungalow House Pictures Bungalow With Gabled Front Porch. See more bungalow styles. Photo © Forum Member "PJLRRL"

American Bungalows come in many shapes. This colorful bungalow in Texas has a spacious porch with a wide gable facing the street.

Combining a hipped roof with an expansive, gabled front porch, this American Bungalow resembles Modern Home No. 208, The Elsmore, from the Sears Modern Homes Mail Order Catalog. The plans were published between 1915 and 1926.

Gabled porches were common features on American Bungalows built during this period.