What started as a rest house in British India became the rage in the U.S. in the early 1900s. The bungalow style defined Americans’ desire for simple house plans that were affordable and cozy. At the bungalow’s height, when manufacturing was at a boom and cities were flourishing, young families wanted a permanent home, close to town yet away from the sights, sounds, and smells of the business districts. Today, as more young Americans are drawn to putting down roots near an urban environment, the bungalow style house has experienced a reawakening among Generation X and Y.
With the trend shifting away from the excess and toward living in just the space you need, the appeal of tiny homes and charming bungalows has begun to outweigh that of sprawling mini mansions and 5-bedroom suburban builds. But how much space do you really need?