Whether you are watching HGTV, or looking to buy a house you may have heard of the term ranch or bungalow. Whatever the case may be some terms for homes can be confusing. This blog post will help you tell the difference between the two.
The bungalow is typically square in shape and only made up of one story. The largest room is typically the living room and it will consist of small windows and the sleeping rooms leading off the main room. The kitchen will typically be towards the back of the home. Bungalows will also be detached homes with no garage. It is said that the bungalow became popular in the early 1900s and that the first American bungalows were built in the Northeast. Many believe that bungalows can be easier to care for as well as more private then most homes.
In the Denver metro area there are many bungalow homes in neighborhoods like Washington Park, Berkeley, Sloan’s Lake and City Park. To modernize bungalows, many contractors are opening up the wall between the living room and kitchen to make the floor plan a more open concept. They are also constructing detached garages.
Ranch homes are typically rectangular in shape with a more elongated floor plan. The sleeping rooms are set further from the main living room area. There are typically more windows then there are in a bungalow and they are usually larger as well. Ranches can also include an attached garage in the floor plan as well as vaulted ceilings which bungalows do not include. Ranch homes can provide more interior space and can be more convenient for larger families. The first ranch homes were said to be built in California around the 1930’s and became popular in the 1950’s.
In the end it all depends on what you are looking for in a home. Both bungalows and ranches have great things to offer in a home. They are both convenient in the sense that there are no stairs which make them both very accessible. Many can have basements for additional living space. They can also both be found in a variety of different prices ranges throughout the Denver Metro Area depending on the neighborhood. If you are interested in buying a or selling a ranch home or bungalow I can help, call me at 303-912-3320