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So far, there've been at least two random edits where story has been gratuitously changed to storey. (To add insult to injury, it's only the first occurence that's been changed, and not consistently throughout.) Please see Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style#National_varieties_of_English to see why this is a Bad Thing.

And thus, Dear Wikipedians, if you feel like changing the spelling yet again - please don't. --moof 02:34, 16 November 2005 (UTC)


We need a picture...—The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) .

US usage[edit]

The text is an interesting reflection of US usage. In the UK, at least in the 20th century, 'bungalow' had a rather deprecated implication. Such buildings were often grouped on marginal land and either had single storeys to reduce building costs or because some element of self-build was involved. So the wording which implies 'higher cost' of plot etc should be reviewed or referenced to make clearer the US-only context.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) .

I do agree. I think as I say below in the UK section whomever wrote that really never looked into it. It is simply not in any way true in the Pacific Northwest or the Southeast or anywhere else I've lived. A bit more money would buy a ranch in some time periods, a bit more a brick "Tudor" (a style sold by a developer here in Seattle in the early 1900s) A bit more, maybe a large two story 4 square (4 square rooms make up a larger square on each floor)
In the west of the US, land plots were divided up and individual houses were built by developers. Small houses, called cottages and bungalows depending on the what sounds more quaint and stylish at any given time were inexpensive and targeted toward the middle class. In Seattle, these replaced fisherman's huts, some of which are still around. Some developers, in some areas set out larger lots and built larger houses. Really, it was down to style and developer preference and target market. I know my house fits the definition of a cottage and has a big plot of land. It is build differently than my neighbors, less expensively, but with more land. As one walks down the street, it is easy to see which houses were built when and how the neighborhood developed. None of which supports anything in the article which I think really is bad. There are good sources for this type of material! (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 04:00, 29 September 2010 (UTC).

Any one story house?[edit]

The term "bungalow" does not encompass "any" one story house. Therefore, I have changed "any" to "a type of".—The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) .

Yes, that's the dictionary definition. What else do you call single-story houses? Samw 03:06, 3 June 2006 (UTC)
In the U.S., small, one-story homes are called cottages. Dan Bollinger (talk) 14:58, 21 June 2013 (UTC)
No, that's NOT the dictionary definition. In fact, Webster calls it a "usually" one-storied house. By that definition, "one story" might be too restrictive, rather than all-inclusive as you proclaim it to be. There are several other styles of one story houses, including rambler, ranch, and mobile or manufactured homes. These, however, are most certainly not bungalows.
The definitions I've read say that bungalows are 1 or 1½ stories. Dan Bollinger (talk) 14:58, 21 June 2013 (UTC)
The article refers to the 'California Bungalow' as 1½ stories; they were popular in New Zealand as well as in Australia, though some here were 1½ story though many (like my aunt's) were one story. PS: 'like a bungalow' - ie nothing up top; a derogatory remark about someone from 'The Bill' set in London. Hugo999 01:40, 14 August 2007 (UTC)
We usually call one story houses "Ranch" style, unless they are small here in the American Northwest. Ranch for long houses, bungalow or cottage for small square things. (talk) 03:44, 29 September 2010 (UTC)
Ranch style implies a sprawling 1 story with attached garage. It is often built slab on grade. Dan Bollinger (talk

History of use of the word bungalow[edit]

Odd that there's no mention that the word entered the English argot as a result of the British Empire in India: there's a long history of bungalows in the UK, longer than that of the US, I suspect. Clearly this article has been written by someone with knowledge of the US examples, but it would be nice if could be balanced by someone with more knowledge than I of the UK examples. And what of bunglaows in Europe? 08:36, 16 March 2007 (UTC)

Yep, the point I wanted to make. Many villages and seaside towns have large estates of horrible 1960s bungalows occupied almost exclusively by retired people. Bungalows are very much associated with the elderly in the UK. The typical 1930s UK bungalow seems to be more usually square in plan, while the 1960s ones are oblong. And like the rest of UK housing, 99.9% are made of brick. Sorry, I suppose thats OR. (talk) 22:06, 27 June 2008 (UTC)
99.9% made of brick? You're having a larf. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:41, 1 April 2010 (UTC)
I agree. I've put in a bit on English bungalows, and will add some more, putting in what you've written. Hope that's OK. Millbanks (talk) 10:21, 19 September 2008 (UTC)
The story I heard on Bungalow was that it started with a minor indian merchant who had a financial setback while building himself a home, he told the tradesmen "Bung a low roof on it then, and i'll take it as is".
Given that india has tropical heat, a high ceiling is very useful in that it allows more air circulation, so a low roof style, is not an optimal design. --Patbahn (talk) 21:05, 1 September 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, the story he'd heard is nonsense. — LlywelynII 14:11, 20 November 2015 (UTC)


I've added a CSB-US template to the Amercian Bungalows section -- this currently takes up over half the article and only deals with styles in a single country. Bungalows in other countries should be included.

The UK is very under-represented, even though bungalows are widespread here! If there is really SO much to be said about different US bungalows then maybe the US bungalow situation needs its own, linked, article? At present it does over-dominate this article. Timothy Titus Talk To TT 12:58, 14 October 2007 (UTC)

See my comment in the paragraph above. Millbanks (talk) 17:20, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

I think also, that there is now a UK bend toward the article especially in some of the idea that bungalows were for those who could afford the land. (talk) 03:53, 29 September 2010 (UTC)

Canadian Bungalow[edit]

I've pulled Canadian Bungalow out from under the American Bungalow heading, leaving American Bungalow to deal exclusively with US use of the term.

While the building practices for this type of structure are likely similar in the two countries, having Canadian as its own subdivision on the same levels and American and Irish lets us focus on aspects of the Canadian building that are uniquely Canadian.

While I haven't added any material to the main article, I expect the paragraph about bungalows in Calgary is very similar to bungalows in Edmonton. Both cities are in the same part of Canada and grew up together. So building styles that were popular in one city at one time will be similar to building styles that were popular in the other city at the same time.

Same might also be true of other cities and communities on the Canadian prairies like Regina, Saskatoon and Winipeg. 21:45, 13 September 2007 (UTC)

I've noted that "bungalow" is used in two different manners in Canada - in Alberta it is very common to see log cabins advertised as vacation rental bungalows, as the lead to this article describes is the practice in South Africa. I've added this info to the article. (talk) 15:56, 26 May 2008 (UTC)

UPDATE All of this seems to have been removed as there is only one line about Canada, which at least from my experience with the word is much too broad a generalization. I get the feeling that bungalow is used differently across Canada. I have never heard the term used on the west coast and the description at present that says it is the term for a single family one level home is what I would call a rancher. Bungalow to me always means colonial houses abroad or huts in tropical regions. Canada is a large country with many different histories in regards to how the land was settled. Different usages seems completely possible, but is not at all represented here.

--Sweeeetheart (talk) 07:49, 22 November 2015 (UTC)

Temporary Buildings[edit]

When I was attending elementary and middle school in america, the word bungalow was used to refer to temporary buildings. They usually had raised foundations and were placed on playground tarmac when attendance for the school outgrew the original buildings. This caused confusion for me later in life when really nice houses were refered to as Bungalow. I was visiting this article in hopes to find out how the temporary buildings aquired this name. Anybody have any references that explain this? Should this article include temporary buildings as part of its definition? Thanks. (talk) 22:47, 7 December 2007 (UTC)Sandy

In the UK temporary classrooms like those you have described are called Portacabins. (talk) 22:09, 27 June 2008 (UTC)


In Brisbane, perhaps because traditionally most buildings were made of wood, and often on stilts, the word bungalow is scarcely used, including by estate agents. In Adelaide, where the buildings are mainly brick, it is in regular usage, and bungalows sprawl for miles. I'm not sure what the siuation is in other Australian cities. Millbanks (talk) 22:34, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

In Melbourne the term Bungalow refers to a more holiday or guest house type building. I used to sleep in one in my parents back yard. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:56, 4 May 2009 (UTC)

I've often heard "californian bungalow" used to describe housing styles here in Perth. Additionally, a google search tends to support its use (at least within architecture and real estate communities) throughout Australia. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:31, 15 February 2010 (UTC)

WTF Happened to the Chicago Bungalow???[edit]

I see this stuff on here abouth this page being part of project Chicago or whatever, but what happened to the Chicago bungalow section? I remember it being on here before. Did some Chicago hater delete it or something?? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:40, 10 October 2008 (UTC)


"In Britain and North America a bungalow today is a residential house, normally detached," Detached from what? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:39, 1 December 2010 (UTC)

Other buildings. As opposed to townhouses &c. — LlywelynII 14:04, 20 November 2015 (UTC)

Photo bias?[edit]

If bungalows are a "type of house, with varying meanings across the world," then why are there so many photos of American/European houses and nothing else? I'm working on an article about a national park in Madagascar, and I was going to link to this article, but I'm afraid the over-abundance of Western-centric images will give the wrong idea about the kind of housing offered at the park. Could someone please help balance out this article? – VisionHolder « talk » 04:33, 4 February 2011 (UTC)

Bungalow in Bangladesh[edit]

I have added a section on Bungalow in present day Bangladesh. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rahmanha (talkcontribs) 18:40, 19 October 2011 (UTC)

The Rockaways, Queens, New York[edit]

I there anyone who has information and would be willing to create a section about the tens of thousands of beech bungalows which once covered the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Atefrat (talkcontribs) 08:14, 21 January 2012 (UTC)

Cultural aspect of single or double storey houses as the 'norm'.[edit]

Implicit I believe in the term "bungalow" is that is not the normal type of house in the area in question, hence the use of the exotic Bengali term. So much so that in Britain many people do not seem to categorise a "bungalow" as a house at all and believe by definition a house has to have two or more storeys.

I believe this is probably why the word "bungalow" is not used in South Africa except for holiday homes, as it is extremely common for a house to be single storey and it is more common to think of a house only having one storey unless specified otherwise (ie a double-storey house). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:47, 14 September 2012 (UTC)

This comment doesn't make much sense. Bungalows can be double-story and are not a synonym for (let alone replacement of) single-story house. — LlywelynII 14:09, 20 November 2015 (UTC)


Contra the current wording of the article, Lancaster very clearly states (first few pages) that the ratty condition of the Company and Raj's dak bungalows gave the term a very low status. It was the verandas that people considered posh. — LlywelynII 14:09, 20 November 2015 (UTC)

Cost and design considerations section[edit]

There are a few issues with this section. First, it mentions that such single story residences are suitable for elderly and wheelchair users but ironically shows only photos of houses with stairs leading up to the main entrance. Second, the cost and design considerations seem to be informed only by the American use of the term. I think this section should be moved after the section on global differences in the usage of bungalow and should reflect that the cost and design of a bungalow will also vary by region more clearly. --Sweeeetheart (talk) 08:02, 22 November 2015 (UTC)