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What is a Bungalow House Style?

What is a Bungalow House Style?

Bungalows are some of the most common homes found in older neighborhoods of New England, often near lakes and rivers. These homes became very popular from the 1910’s to the 1930 ‘s and are still popular as “starter” homes in the lowest price range in their towns.

These homes are generally narrow but deep homes often with detached or no garages. This is usually a function of their small lot size, with many of them on lots less than ¼ acre.

Bungalows are almost always one story but sometimes 1-½ stories high, and when located on lakefronts with steep banks they often have walk-out basements with glass-enclosed family rooms in the lower level. These homes also usually have a small porch with square columns set on footings. The porches are often enclosed with screens to keep the bugs away on the summer nights and the crawlspace underneath the porch is used for seasonal storage of outdoor furniture and equipment.

The majority of original bungalows were built as “camps” or “summer” homes and have been “winterized” and fitted with central heating and all the fixings that support year-round living.

They can be very charming from the outside and Realtors often use descriptors such as “cute” or “cozy”. In addition, the interiors reflect an earlier time when leisure and a slower pace of life were embraced by a whole generation.

my pinterest boardsFor some great examples of Bungalow Style Homes click on the above Pinterest link

What is a Victorian House Style?

What is a Victorian House Style?

Victorian style developed and was quite popular from the end of the civil war to the early 1920’s. These homes are usually grand in scale, and most commonly two or more stories high with steep roof pitches, turrets and dormers. Porches are often large with turned posts and decorative railings. Decorative gable trim, corbels, and a variation of exterior finishes with multiple coordinated colors make them one of the most enjoyed house styles of all times.


In New England, as most everywhere in the country, there are really two distinct types of Victorians – Queen Anne and Second Empire.

Queen Anne is a completely playful style, who’s distinguishing features are: bold paint color combinations, curved towers and porches, protruding bay windows, asymmetrical facades with bays, towers, overhangs, wall projections and a variety of textures, steeply pitched roofs, vertical windows, embellished porches on multiple levels, and multiple chimneys with elaborate gingerbread woodwork and decorative brickwork.

Second Empire (adapted from French architecture and named for the reign of Napoleon III)is a more stately style, who’s distinguishing features are: big and boxy forms with straight or flared mansard roofs tiled with slate in “fish-scale” patterns, symmetrical facades, and heavy ornamentation such as gingerbread trim. As a side note, if you’ve ever been to Disneyland, “Main Street” is a typical 1800’s small town done in this style.


Because of the Victorian style’s timeless appeal, many people seek these types of homes in good condition for restoration and many can be found on the historical register.

Also because of their huge size and large maintenance bills, many have been carved-up into delightful condominiums which command premium prices and seldom last long on the market.


For some great examples of Queen Anne Style Homes click on the above Pinterest link


For some great examples of Second Empire Style Homes click on the above Pinterest link


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