Californian Bungalows - The Australian home designed for modern living

Take a drive through the CBD streets or older neighbourhoods of Orange and you’ll soon see an abundance of gorgeous, character filled homes, sitting in tree-lined streets. Our architecture has always been one to admire, and one style in particular you’ll see a lot of is the Californian Bungalow.

Local bungalow - Stepping Stone Restaurant in Anson Street

Local bungalow - Stepping Stone Restaurant in Anson Street

Influenced during the Arts and Crafts movement, these homes gained popularity during the World War I, World War II era, and were viewed as the ideal home for those that wanted to embrace the outdoors and adopt a more informal and modern lifestyle.

Traditionally built using brick, but also seen in weatherboard, Californian Bungalows are charaterised by their gabled roofs, deep verandahs and simple floorplans, along with timber details both inside and out, which embraced the use of natural materials to integrate the house with its surroundings.

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Image credit - Pinterest

Today, because of their intrinsic simplicity, they can be renovated with both traditional and contemporary finishes depending on your desired style and below are some examples of how they can be updated for modern living.

California Bungalows were often built on land the size of the traditional quarter acre, so feature large and spacious backyards. This provides the perfect opportunity to expand with an extension at the rear, allowing you to create a larger floor plan and providing room for an open plan kitchen, dining area and family room or additional bedrooms, depending on your requirements and desires.

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Image credit - Pinterest

Another option to consider when renovating your bungalow is whether you maintain the existing size of the house, but take advantage of the simple floor plan by removing walls to create an open layout. Because these homes centre around an entrance hallway, with bedrooms at the front and living spaces towards the back, an inside-out interior can be created with minimal fuss, while maintaining the original character.

In a nutshell, how you choose to renovate your bungalow really comes down to you and your family’s needs, which is why enlisting the help of an interior designer can be an invaluable investment to help you bring out the best in your home. 

To discuss updating your home contact me on 0424 420 254 or visit the contact page to arrange a call back from me.