Bungalow Kitchen and Baths, Then and Now

Published By: Leon Tuberman  -  Monday, March 13, 2017

The bungalow style home of the Arts and Crafts movement quickly became popular across America between the early 1900s and 1930. The look of the kitchens and bathrooms of these homes is replicated in today's home design because of its beautiful and timeless appeal to today's homeowners. This style is easy to maintain and replicate, and even alter to fit one's style and budget.

Bungalow Kitchens Yesterday and Today
The kitchens built in these beautiful bungalow homes were designed for housewives, as opposed to Victorian-era kitchens which were designed to fit a wealthy household’s servants. The kitchens were often small, but flowed well with the rest of the main floor plan, making them easily accessible.

The kitchen had many features, such as built-in cabinetry, beadboard and subway tile as the backsplash. Cabinetry was painted, not just stained, and large sinks were installed, making this style popular in today's homes because its design is easy to alter and fits the average family size of today.

The difference between today's kitchens and the kitchens of the bungalow era is due to its role change. It's no longer a utility space, but instead a place of gatherings. Kitchens in many of the bungalows of today feature a miniature office space, a breakfast nook, and even a television in many homes. There can even be a mudroom or a bathroom off to the side, or one or more pantries. Modern bungalow kitchens are easier to maintain than the traditional bungalow kitchens of the Arts and Crafts movement because of the materials used, and the efficiency of the appliances and the space as a whole.

A Bungalow Bathroom Gets Updated
Just as the kitchens changed in a bungalow home, so did the bathrooms. Bathrooms of the Arts and Crafts movement featured built-in cabinetry and storage, beautiful tile for the floors and walls, and even stunning hardware on the cabinetry, doors, and light fixtures.

Bathrooms in a traditional bungalow are very small in comparison to today's bathrooms, meaning the biggest change between then and now is the size. Today, homeowners of a bungalow will opt for a full remodel. Extending the bathrooms to accommodate more modern efficiencies such as a walk-in shower and double vanity sinks; the cabinetry and built-ins are kept because of their functionality, but are often updated in color choices and styles. Large mirrors are placed over the sinks and stained glass on the light fixtures is less common today.

As time goes on, things must change, and that holds true for the beautiful bungalows of America. Built during a time of rebellion, the Bungalows of the Arts and Crafts Movement have evolved away from the craftsmanship they once represented, and now represent a more modern America. No matter what they now represent, they are beautiful homes that have stood the test of time, and will be around for many more generations to come.


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