Bungalow

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American Bungalow

Some styles of houses are just beautiful. They don’t have to be big or fancy either. The American bungalow fits that description. Its such a classic house design from the 1st half of the 20th Century. Typically bungalows are smaller in size, built on small or narrow city lots and are one story or story and 1/2.

Norwood Residence traditional exterior

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Show House. Sure Beautiful!

Ready for five minutes to brighten up your dull winter day? Let’s leave Des Moines and head down to West Palm Beach, Florida and tour an interior designers’ Show House. What’s a Show House? Its a fixer-upper or new construction that is taken over by interior as well as landscape designers with each designer dressing a room or space up. They are literally showing off their talents for the public. Tickets are sold and thousands tour the home. Money is raised for local charity. To be honest there hasn’t been a Designer’s Show House in the Des Moines metro in quite a few years. Which is too bad because there are a lot of talented designers around Central Iowa.

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Now That’s An Art Sale! Walter Edelman at Mary Vincent Gallery, La Grange, Illinois

As preparation for Art At The Castle, a fine art sale and charitable fundraiser that I’ll be putting on November 8 at Salisbury House & Gardens to benefit Salisbury House and Des Moines Metro Opera, I recently took a quick trip to the Chicago suburb La Grange. While there, I checked out a fine art trunk show at Mary Vincent Fine Art Gallery in the Chicago suburb of La Grange, Illinois. The sale was Saturday & Sunday, April 28 and 29. Walter Edelman, a private art dealer from New York City was conducting the sale. Walter will also be the art dealer at our event this fall. To give you an idea of what a fine art sale looks like, I took some photos and video of the action. The art was wonderful and the nice people at Mary Vincent Fine Art Gallery were gracious hosts.

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As a Des Moines interior designer, Patrick Van Nice has more than 17 years’ experience providing a full range of interior design service throughout Iowa and across the nation. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife and their two children.

If you are in need of good interior design ideas for your home, contact Patrick at: 515-577-5562, or patrick@interiordesigniowa.com

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American Bungalow

Some styles of houses are just beautiful. They don’t have to be big or fancy either. The American bungalow fits that description. Its such a classic house design from the 1st half of the 20th Century. Typically bungalows are smaller in size, built on small or narrow city lots and are one story or story and 1/2.

Norwood Residence traditional exterior

 

They come with a porch. In the southern and western United States bungalows have wood siding and in the northern states often can be found with brick or stucco exteriors. A garage would be around the back and not attached to the house. They can be a challenge with their room layouts and size.

Quaint Hyde Park Exterior traditional exterior

 

Here’s a central foyer with a staircase added to a bungalow that was converted into a two story house. Hardwood floors and lots of woodwork details are the norm.

New front staircase traditional staircase

 

The main feature of a bungalow is the centered fireplace found in the living room with built-in cabinets on both sides.

Costanzo Residence

 

Since bungalows are small, it’s important to get the maximum storage you can. Built in book cases in a hallway offer an attractive way to display collectibles and books

Shingle-Style Weekend Retreat - Home Designed by Paul Gleicher traditional entry

 

Many times you’ll find dining rooms with built in cabinets.

Mt. Baker traditional dining room

 

A bungalow kitchen brings more challenges. They can be small and lacking in storage. In this kitchen the problem is solved by making cabinets go from floor to ceiling and painting them white, giving the space a bigger presence.

kitchen remoldel

 

Opening up an exterior kitchen wall with more windows brings light in and gives the homeowner a backyard view while working in the kitchen.

Mt. Baker traditional kitchen

 

A small central island provides breakfast seating as well as a cooking area.

Fremont Residence kitchen traditional kitchen

 

Typical of a 1 1/2 story bungalow the upstairs attic is finished. It’s important to properly insulate and ventilate the roof rafters to keep this space cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Skylights would be perfect for this area.

Accessible LEED Residence Office modern home office

 

In a small home, you’re always challenged for enough storage. Older homes have small closets so additional built-ins where you can fit them are a plus.

Master Bedroom traditional bedroom

 

Bathrooms in bungalows are small. Here the bath tub was taken out and replaced with a spacious shower. In this bathroom, the glass partition opens up the small space. By keeping the four walls, floor, and ceiling white as well as running the same tile pattern around the whole bathroom, the bath feels larger.

Be careful however: wood windows in showers should be avoided if possible due to potential moisture problems. The remedy in this shower was to place an exhaust vent right above the shower head to get rid of the moisture and not go with a full glass enclosure.

Mt. Baker traditional bathroom

 

By dividing it up, adding a double vanity, and again going light & white on floors, walls, and ceiling, even this small bungalow bathroom can feel spacious.

Shingle style home in Hanover NH traditional bathroom

 

Patrick Van Nice, one of the Midwest’s most prominent interior designers, has more than 17 years’ experience providing a full range of interior design services throughout Iowa and across the nation. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife and their two children.

If you enjoyed this post, please use the social bookmarks below to share it with the world.

For more information, contact Patrick at: 515-577-5562, or patrick@interiordesigniowa.com

Photographs in this post courtesy of Houzz.com