ORIGINAL BUNGALOW DESIGN
"All On One Floor" Living
Unlike earlier single family residences, Chicago bungalows were designed for living "all on one floor." During the bungalow building boom, this efficient and economical floor plan provided well-built, yet inexpensive, housing options for families of virtually all income levels. Originally purchased with unfinished attics, a growing family had the option to convert the space into a spare bedroom later on.
Most of the Bungalow Belt was adapted from earlier housing types to meet the narrow confines of Chicago's urban lots. These lots were typically between 25' to 30' wide and 125' long, with just enough room for two lines of living spaces:
private spaces on one side of the house, and public spaces on the other. While there are many variations among this housing type across the city, this general floor plan format is consistent.
For the purpose of the Bungalow Expansion Project, all architects involved used the same base "Model Bungalow" file as the foundation to create design solutions to be used as an approach for expanding your bungalow living.