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The Bungalow Expansion Project was created in response to our many members who stood along side us with our popular #StopThePop Campaign, yet still needed guidance on how to add space instead of popping the top. 

Meeting The Needs of the Modern Family

Living in a bungalow, you've most likely come to value  thoughtful design over sheer square footage. That said, you may be looking for options to expand your bungalow living for your family: perhaps your teenager is outgrowing their childhood bedroom, or you are moving in an aging parent who can no longer live on their own. Regardless of the situation, our goal is to provide you with a collection of sensible design solutions that provide the desired added space while protecting the value of your home and streetscape by avoiding "popping" the top—all at or below the cost of a pop top addition.

Like a puzzle, use pieces of these design schemes to explore the various paths that can be taken to expand your bungalow living, both inside and outside of its original footprint. The Bungalow Expansion Project design schemes were created in partnership with AIA Chicago residential architects and can be applied as an approach to your Chicago Bungalow. 

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Easy to navigate architectural plans, digital renderings and approximate cost breakdowns are available for the following design schemes:

Scheme № 1: System Upgrades Design

"First Step Essentials"

While it’s fun to think about the cosmetic changes of finishing a basement or adding an addition, first step in preparing your home for future projects is to assess the longevity and efficiency of...

Scheme № 2: Finished Basement Design

"Moving in Mother-in-Law"

Do you have aging parents who can no longer live on their own? Is your teenager growing out of their childhood bedroom? Finish your basement to accommodate an in-law suite or create additional space for...

Scheme № 3: Rear Addition Design

"Muddy Shoes"

Do you find yourself wishing for a more functional entry to your bungalow, with room to store shoes and coats, or wipe dirty paws? Add a rear addition to create a family room adjacent to the kitchen...

Scheme № 4: Second Floor Dormers Design

"Moving On Up!"

Are you ready for second story bungalow living? Add second floor dormers to add two upstairs bedrooms, one full bathroom and plenty of closet space and natural light...

Scheme № 5: Second Floor Addition Design A

"2-Story Bungalow Living"

Have you decided a full second floor addition is the best solution for your growing family? We can help you protect the value of your...

Scheme № 6: Second Floor Addition Design B

"The More Affordable Option"

Have you decided a full second floor addition is the best solution for your growing family? We can help you protect the value of your...

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