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.
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
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.