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Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More!

Published:
October 21, 2020
Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More!
Check out these bungalow house plans.

By Courtney Pittman

What is a bungalow house? Known for their cute curb appeal and efficient layouts, bungalow house plans are ideal for small urban or narrow lots and are (generally) affordable. This popular design style often boasts Craftsman house plan features like low-slung rooflines, wide front porches, and handy built-ins.

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Here’s a list of some key bungalow house characteristics:

  • Low-slung rooflines (often with rafter tails and ridge beams)

  • Wide front porches supported by tapered columns

  • Natural materials including siding, stone, and/or stucco

  • Ideal for small-ish lots – thanks to their compact design

  • One or one-and-a-half stories (typically)

  • Often feature dormers

  • Warm and inviting with plenty of windows

  • Floor plans that accompany families both large and small (thanks to their efficient open floor plans)

Get the look with these bungalow house plans

Simple Footprint

The laundry room is conveniently located next to the master suite in this house design

Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More! Plan 461-73

What does a bungalow house look like? Here is a great example. This cool house plan gives you a wide front porch (a bungalow house must-have), an open floor plan, and a simple footprint. The handy home office makes it easy to get work done. Upstairs, the master suite is located next to the laundry room for extra-convenience (check out these laundry room organization tips from Martha Stewart).

Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More!

Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More!

Narrow Lot House Plan

You’ll love storing items in the mudroom

Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More! Plan 461-55

Small lot? No problem. This slim design gives you an open layout with an island kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and Craftsman features (check out our Craftsman house plans collection). The master suite opens to the side yard. Another nice touch: the mudroom, which is ready to hold boots and coats.

Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More!

Modest Bungalow House

Smart built-ins maximize space

Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More! Plan 48-666

Here’s a warm and welcoming bungalow house plan that makes the most of its modest footprint. The open interior spaces make this design feel bigger than it actually is. A built-in guest bed and shelves maximize space and storage options. Front and rear porches lend plenty of outdoor space and extended living.

Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More!

Tiny Bungalow House Plan

Enjoy fall weather on the front porch

Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More! Plan 79-308

Here’s a handsome tiny bungalow house or accessory dwelling unit. With just 680 square feet, this floor plan feels contemporary inside because of the efficient and open layout. Check out the versatile loft on the second level (decorate your loft space with these tips from Crate and Barrel). A front porch creates a cozy spot for fall evenings.

Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More!

Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More!

Stylish Bungalow House Plan

Explore the modern details in this home design

Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More! Plan 1057-7

Stylish and affordable, this bungalow house plan features smart details throughout. The open floor plan makes it easy to stretch out, especially with the kitchen's big island. Check out the private master suite and its large walk-in closet. An inviting front porch delivers sweet curb appeal.

Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More!

Mudroom with Lockers

Take in the nice weather on the front and rear porches

Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More! Plan 430-217

Hello curb appeal! This bungalow house plan gives you three bedrooms, two baths, an open layout, a kitchen island, decorative ceilings, and a mudroom with lockers. Tucked away on the right side of the floor plan, the spacious master suite enjoys plenty of privacy, while two additional bedrooms and a bathroom are located on the left side of the home. Front and rear porches make it easy to step outside and enjoy the day.

Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More!

Affordable Bungalow House

Enjoy classic charm with this exterior

Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More! Plan 20-2349

This affordable house plan shows how lovely and striking simplicity can be. The exterior exudes bungalow house style that feels clean and classic. Here's a practical touch: the drop zone on the way in from the two-car garage. The master suite, a bedroom, and a bathroom reside on the first level.

Upstairs, you’ll find an additional bedroom and a bathroom that could be used as a guest suite or a home office (explore these home office ideas from Living Spaces).

Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More!

Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More!

Cozy Fireplace

Keep items tidy in the mudroom

Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More! Plan 895-54

This bungalow house features an open floor plan that combines the living and dining areas – both warmed by a fireplace. The kitchen gives you loads of counter space for easy meal prep, while storage options keep items organized.

Just off the garage, a mudroom/laundry space keeps things clean and tidy. The master suite is located at the front of the home, while a second bedroom (with a bath) resides at the rear of the floor plan and could be used as a home office or guest suite.

Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More!

One-Story Bungalow House Plan

Warm up next to the fireplace in the living room

Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More! Plan 79-310

Want a one-story layout that gives you an open floor plan? This 1,184-square-foot bungalow house plan is meant for relaxation. The kitchen is located at the heart of the home and showcases plenty of counter space. Nice weather? Enjoy outdoor living on the front and rear porches.

Your Guide to Bungalows: What Is a Bungalow House? And More!

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