::MAXIMAS:: A bungalow is a type of house, with varying meanings across the world. Common features to many (but not all) of these definitions include being detached, low-rise (single or one-and-a-half storeys), and the use of verandahs. The term originated in India, deriving from the Gujarati બંગલો baṅgalo, which in turn derives from Hindi बंगला baṅglā, meaning “Bengali” and used elliptically for a “house in the Bengal style”. Such houses were traditionally small, only one storey and thatched, and had a wide veranda.We know many kind of bungalow type, there are :American Craftsman Bungalow, California Bungalow,Chicago Bungalow,Milwaukee Bungalow,Milwaukee Bungalow,Michigan Bungalow,Bungalow Colony,Raised bungalow, and Chalet Bungalow. Some types of bungalows above will be discussed below:
Chicago Bungalow is typically constructed of brick
Chicago Bungalow. The majority of Chicago bungalows were built between 1910 and 1940. They were typically constructed of brick (some including decorative accents), consisted of one and one-half stories and, a full basement. At one point, nearly a third of the houses in the Chicago area were bungalows. One primary difference between the Chicago bungalow and other types is that the gables are parallel to the street, rather than perpendicular. Like many other local homes, Chicago bungalows are relatively narrow, being an average of 20 feet (6.1 m) wide on a standard 24-foot (7.3 m) or 25-foot (7.6 m) wide city lot. Their veranda (porch) may either be open or partially enclosed (if enclosed, it may further be used to extend the interior rooms)
Milwaukee Bungalow. A large fraction of the older houses in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, are bungalows in a similar Arts and Crafts style to those of Chicago, but usually with the gable perpendicular to the street. Also, many Milwaukee bungalows have white stucco on the lower portion of the exterior.
Michigan Bungalow. There are numerous examples of Arts and Crafts bungalows built from 1910 to 1925 in the metro-Detroit area, including Royal Oak, Hazel Park, Highand Park and Ferndale. Keeping in line with the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement, the bungalows were constructed using local building materials.
Bungalow Colony, A special use of the term “bungalow” developed in the greater New York City area
Bungalow Colony. A special use of the term “bungalow” developed in the greater New York City area, between the 1930s and 1970s to denote a cluster of small rental summer homes, usually in the Catskill Mountains in the area known as the Borscht Belt. First and second generation Jewish-American families were especially likely to rent such homes.
A ranch bungalow is a bungalow organized so that bedrooms are on one side and “public” areas (kitchen, living/dining/family rooms) are on the other side. If there is an attached garage, the garage is on the public side of the house so that a direct entrance to the house is possible, when this is allowed by legislation. On narrower lots, public areas are at the front of the house and such an organization is typically not called a “ranch” bungalow. Such houses are often smaller and have only two bedrooms in the back.
Raised bungalow is Bungalows without basements
Raised bungalow. A raised bungalow is one in which the basement is partially above ground. The benefit is that more light can enter the basement with above ground windows in the basement. A raised bungalow typically has a foyer at ground level that is half-way between the first floor and the basement. This further has the advantage of creating a foyer with a very high ceiling without the expense of raising the roof or creating a skylight. Raised bungalows often have the garage in the basement. Because the basement is not that deep, and the ground must slope downwards away from the house, the slope of the driveway is quite shallow. This avoids the disadvantage of steep driveways found in most other basement garages. Bungalows without basements can still be raised, but the advantages of raising the bungalow are much less.
Chalet Bungalow with a large part of the living area
Chalet Bungalow. A bungalow with loft comes with a second storey loft. The loft may be extra space over the garage. It is often space to the side of a great room with a vaulted ceiling area. The house is still classified and marketed as a bungalow with loft because the main living areas of the house are on one floor. All the convenience of single floor living still applies and the loft is not expected to be accessed on a daily basis.
Some houses have extra bedrooms in the loft or attic area. Such houses are really “one and half” storeys and not a bungalow, and are described in British English as a chalet bungalow or dormer bungalow. “Chalet Bungalow” is also used in British English for where the area enclosed within pitched roof contains rooms, even if this comprises a large part of the living area and is fully integrated into the fabric of the property. There is a deliberate use of natural materials like wooden shingles and clapboards, cobblestones and rough-faced brick for exterior walls, porch columns and chimneys.
I hope this can help you to identify the type of dream bungalows that fits with your personality. taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bungalow