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9 Different Types of Bungalow That You Want Build In The Philippines

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The different types of bungalow homes are no longer just fitting for older community – more and more people, from young adults to those starting their families, find this type of home suitable for their needs and lifestyle as it offers open-concept living at a cost-effective acquisition and maintenance.

As it allows an open-concept design, you have the advantage to effectively utilize the square footage and vertical space of your home – from creating taller windows, higher ceiling, and increase of natural light that can come through in any parts of your house, which can make the area wider and more spacious.

Here are the 9 different types of bungalow that you want to build in the Philippines which you can use as your guide in choosing your new home.


1. Modern bungalow



Similar to the concept of a typical bungalow, a modern one is a single storey that has a loft, or half, partial, or second storey, with dormer windows and verandas. While it is relatively small, modern bungalows adapt the modern design and architecture of the 21st century, which makes the house expansive-looking and easy to maintain.

Though modern bungalows can only provide small and fewer rooms, integration of contemporary interior design can make each space in this type of home usable in various ways.

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2. Tudor revival

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Among the different types of bungalow, the Tudor Revival architecture for bungalow homes is easily recognizable in today’s modern society. Popular in the United States and influenced by the English Tudor style from the medieval architecture in England and Wales, this type of bungalow combined the elements of the original and modern style in an attempt to give an English country life ambiance to its design.

Prominent elements of Tudor Revival are the use of natural materials, exteriors made of stone, brick, or stucco, half-timbered exterior walls, sharp or shingled roofs, and large-scale stone or brick chimneys.


3. Prairie style

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Started by a group of young architects in Chicago around 1990, the prairie style-bungalows’ theme revolves around nature, craftsmanship, and simplicity, and of the works of Louis Sullivan – the father of skyscrapers, hence making this bungalow eccentric and classic among the different types of bungalow.

Apart from incorporating the style in bungalows, prairie style has also been adapted by various establishments – from schools to warehouses, and park buildings. Key elements of prairie style-bungalows and infrastructure are its brick or stucco exteriors, asymmetric floor plans, indoor and outdoor spaces are connected, and interior wood banding.

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4. California bungalow

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Popular to Americans and Australians, the California bungalow can be usually seen in both residential and suburban areas for its informal yet modern style. A typical California bungalow, invented by Page Brown in early 1980s, is single-storey, with a front porch, sloping roof, and veranda pylons.

While this type of home started as a solution to the rapid increase of population in Australia, the California bungalow has been adapted as part of the modernization of houses in today’s society. Notable elements of this type of bungalow are large windows and extensions.


5. Ultimate bungalow

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Definitely distinguishable from the different types of bungalow, the ultimate bungalow has originated from the works of California-based architects which incorporated tropical woods (e.g. mahogany, ebony, and teak), wood inlays, and metal to its design.

The term “ultimate bungalow” was popularized in 1977 to distinguish the difference of a traditional bungalow to this design wherein it has multiple stories but its overall visual appearance still appears bungalow-like due to its wide profile.

One of the key features of an ultimate bungalow is its low-rise detached house design with veranda and overhanging roof.

According to Wikipedia,  “Some of the hallmarks of Greene and Greene’s ultimate bungalows include the use of tropical woods such as mahoganyebony and teak, and use of inlays of wood, metal and mother-of-pearl.”


6. Overwater bungalow

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Another distinct home from the different types of bungalow, as the name suggests, the overwater bungalow is situated over water and close to the shore as it’s usually utilized for resorts to be an easy access to the beaches and amenities of the main resort building.

To take advantage of the location, overwater bungalows usually have glass coffee table or floor so guests can look at the sea below them. Moreover, this type of bungalow is created to be close to each other as building one can be expensive and to make the trips to the main resort building and amenities short.


7. Chicago bungalow

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For over a century, the Chicago bungalow has become an important piece of architecture in its city. Contrary to the history of other different types of bungalow, the Chicago bungalow is actually a reflection of the community’s desire for homeownership especially in meeting the demand for wide space, light, and access to outdoors in the midst of the growing population in the city.

Started as a small cottage in California, after adaptation in Chicago, it quickly became the structure for Chicago’s subdivisions with 80,000 bungalows still standing in the present time. More than the modernity offered by this type of house, it also speaks as to how it became a relief to residents from all income levels to afford a home without huge compromise.


8. Raised bungalow

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As the name suggests and is unique from the different types of bungalow, the raised bungalows have basements that are partially above the ground. The advantage of this type of bungalow is that it allows natural light to enter the basement through the ground windows – which isn’t a typical type of home you’ll see normally.

A typical raised bungalow has a foyer on its ground level that is halfway between its basement and the first floor. There are also raised bungalows that uses large windows to allow in more light and create an illusion of wide space to its basement.


9. Craftsman bungalow

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While the rest of the different types of bungalow originate with the purpose to create houses for an area’s growing population, this bungalow started as a movement in the 20th century by the American Craftsman.

Craftsman bungalow was inspired by the British arts and crafts and was popularized by the furniture designer Gustav Sitckley.

Usually, craftsman bungalow is small to medium-sized that emphasized on simplicity and modesty of architecture. Key features of a craftsman bungalow are its low-pitched roofs, exposed beams, brackets and rafters, wide porches, stucco accents, sash windows, and interior design are either symmetrical or asymmetrical.


Final thoughts

While there are different types of bungalow, each of them has its own distinct features and advantages, hence in choosing the type of bungalow you’d like to purchase you may consider the following factors – the number of storey of your home, the size of the land and bungalow, the area wherein the bungalow is built (e.g. if you’ll have enough privacy and if the neighborhood is considered to be peaceful) and definitely the budget you’ve set as bungalows pricing depends on its size and location.

Which one of the above types of bungalow do you want to build on?  If you have queries, please contact us.
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