Saturday, May 10, 2008

A Visit to a 1920's Style House

My daughter and her daughter and were coming home from a tea party in town and noticed a brand new 1920's style Bungalow house for sale in our area, and a sign that said "Open House."

We were very pleasantly surprised at the interior. It felt right to be inside; it felt like we belonged.

Little Miss Pooh-Bear enjoyed looking out the upstairs cathedral style window. For such a small looking house, the rooms were expansive. The walls were a deep beige with a beautiful white trim.

Have a look at the doorway trim, here.

We weren't too bright when photographing this nice kitchen. We didn't think to photograph the sink and the window over it. The view was great.

Here is the front door: I don't know if it is 20's style or not. It looks Victorian, but it went really well with everything in this house.

This is the stairs. The white posts with the wood bannister were really nice.

This was a four bedroom house. That extra large room upstairs was so vast, it could have been divided, for children.


Thespia said...

Nice house!

What makes it 1920s style?

Lydia said...

For certain, the porch with those kind of pillars, and the arch in the dining room, are typical of the 1920's bungalow style.

This house was bright and light and had lots of storage space in it.

Tracy said...

Gorgeous! I 'd like to live there!

50s Housewife said...

It's so pretty! I love the big windows and the front door...well all of it really. :)

Anonymous said...

If it has an upstairs, it isn't a bungalow.

Stacy said...

such a pretty house! I wish it was here where we are and cost $130K =p LOL

Anonymous said...

When we lived in Tennessee, some of the historic homes - labeled as "bungalows" did have an upstairs. It would sometimes be a bedroom/bathroom with all the remaining living/kitchen/bedroom areas on the living floor. It may depend on the area you live - when a house is called a bungalow.

Lydia said...

It is a 1920's STYLE house, not a 1920s house. The upstairs is over the garage, an added feature.

Marlaine said...

This charming style is also known as "Craftsman".

Here is a link to a site with Craftsman history, and great photos of homes in this style:

Katrinka said...

We used to own a lovely home similar to this one, only solid brick construction (double/triple bricks and no wood framing). I'm sure it was built in the '20s or maybe even earlier. It used to be referred to as 1-1/2 stories, but we finished out the upstairs (which we used to call the attic) before we sold it, leaving access panels in the drywall under the eaves for storage. It had transoms for ventilation, an arch between DR and LR and between DR and hall. It used to have a huge porch that covered the front and one side of the house, and the side porch was converted at some time into a bedroom and a bathroom, so there were lots of interior doors opening all in one place (kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and basement doors) and they would all clank into each other if not opened in the proper order or at the proper time! I remember the windowsills were huge, wide and very solid. It was a sweet little home, and our first.

Anonymous said...

I grew up in a Craftsman 1920's bungalow, and we had bedrooms upstairs, three as a matter of fact. Two had slanty ceilings though.

~ Ann

Kimberline said...

Well, we lived in a "bungalow" style home for 4 months. Everyone in our area calls that style "Bungalow" and it had an upstairs also.

What I enjoyed about this new little house that you have shown is that it had attention to details that most new construction homes (especially spec houses) rarely have these days.

Lydia, you commented on the door trim in the one bedroom, but I was taken by the door. Am I seeing it right? It seems to have cottage style wainscoting in the middle of the top and bottom panel? I LOVE that kind of touch in a home. I've never seen a door like that for sale in our area.

It did seem very homey already, even without furniture and loving touches :) The only thing I saw that I simply couldn't live with in my own home was where the space for the refrigerator seemed it would back that appliance into a corner which would be a real waste of space, especially in a smaller kitchen. My husband has a comment he makes when I look at kitchens and shake my head..."Hmmmm, this kitchen must have been designed by a man!" I don't say it, he does. And the reason he says it is because he has designed several kitchen layouts for homes we have rehabbed and I have had to gently tell him it would be an inefficient kitchen for the person using it. He just doesn't "get" kitchen layout, but he does realize that when you use the kitchen regularly, it has to have a flow about it.

It is nice to see a new home that has some pretty details about it and how wonderful that whomever buys this house will have lovely views outside as well!

I haven't gone to an open house in a long time. I just love looking at homes and I can tell you and your daughter enjoy that also. My husband and I enjoy looking at run down houses to see what could be done to improve them. We have bought homes that were distressed and rehabbed them while living in them for our entire married life, but lately we began buying some to fix up and sell for profit. We are getting out of that business at this point in our lives though. We have two rehab projects left and then we won't do this any longer :)
I will miss the fun of transforming ugly and old into something pretty and fresh, but we won't miss the work that's involved!

Thanks for sharing! That is just a very sweet house.

Anonymous said...

I'm so pleased to see the trend toward recreating the more welcoming styles of homes past. We have several new neighborhoods in our area that are entirely 1900-1920's style, with the pillars, wide porches, plenty of windows, wood floors, and so on. All the new amenities with the architecture people remember from their grandparents' cozy homes. It just makes sense! The style here is often called "Craftsman" after the well-designed woodwork often found in the originals.

After we were married, we lived for a short time in a real Craftsman bungalow in Mississippi. Even though the house was small, it felt like home from the moment we walked in the door. When we bought this current house, I insisted on loads of windows and even found the columns in the dining room like "my" bungalow. No wide screened front porch, but maybe someday!

Lydia said...

The first thing I did in the kitchen was open out the oven door. I wanted to see if there was room to walk around me with the oven door down. That is a problem in many homes. Once you open the fridge or oven door, you block the path for others who are working in the kitchen or who must pass through. This kitchen, however was not a pathway to anywhere else, even though there was a path all the way through to a hall. You can also bypass the kitchen and walk through the all on another side. The oven door did block quite a bit of space but someone could still get around.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of quaint and lovely, I found early that the Masterpiece Classic (from the PBS website) is airing Cranford (another Gaskell piece) and it can be viewed online now. The costumes and places are beautiful.


Lydia said...

The fridge space is next to a doorway that opens to a hall that leads to the garage, where you would be parking and bringing in your groceries. It was perfect planning.

Margaret in VA said...

I noticed some of those in a new subdivision just recently. I wanted to see the inside. Thanks for sharing these with us! How pretty and liveable...a sane new house, go figure!

Editor said...

The house was so well done inside that it wouldn't be a great burden to decorate it. I didn't even think it needed a picture on the wall, because it was so well designed.

Kimberline said...

I guess I don't see the doorway you are speaking of. It must be hidden by the cabinets on the left side as we look at your posted pictures. I can see a "light" area, but I didn't imagine it to be a doorway. I guess that would work out for the fridge then to be tucked into that nook.

Is the angled door in the far right corner to a snall pantry or does it go into a basement? I think it adds interest that it is at an angle. I have many angled doors in this Victorian home of ours and love them, but I noticed that all of the men who worked on the house found them somehow "odd." I find them visually appealing but apparently these guys liked doors lining up squarely. I'm sure it just meant a little more work or something for them which gave them cause to gripe ;)

Interesting that you checked the oven door. I always do that same thing especially in a galley style kitchen. I also always make sure drawers open. I have so many times seen drawers that were unusable in new construction because they were too tight against the wall. I think they must have to cut off the outside of the cabinet to even fit them in if they have that problem. I know measuring blips happen, but what a shame to ever lose access to any precious drawer space!

Anonymous said...

Lovely! That is beautiful! Thank you for sharing that with us all. :)

Heidi Pocketbook said...

LadyLydia, thanks for sharing. It's certainly a beautiful new home with that lived in homey feel! Our family has lived in a 1920's bungalow for the last 15 years and it's just so comfortable (although we'd love to have a second bathroom!)
Marlaine, thanks for posting the link to the craftsman homes, I'm lovin' it!
If any of you are ever in Springfield IL, check out the Dana Thomas house, which is a Frank Lloyd Wright home. It's very interesting.