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The Bungalow Company, based in Bend, Ore., designs and sells stock plans for classic American Craftsman Bungalows—modest homes with low-pitched eaves and stocky porches that evoke dwellings from the 1920s. Co-owner and designer Christian Gladu put in hours pacing off the lots of original Craftsman houses in Seattle and squinting at vintage plans from companies like Radford and Sears, Roebuck & Co. But his houses, which cost between $175 and $225 per square foot to build (developer houses average $100, he said) update those models’ floor plans. “I’ll go on record,” he said. “The original bungalow plans were not very good. They’re often dark, they weren’t built on foundations so they sag and the rooms are very closed off. Opening them up definitely works.”
Today, Bungalows are still considered a milestone of modern design: They encouraged renewed connections to nature and neighborhood. Honest materials, thoughtful design and careful craftsmanship mattered more than size.
A hundred years after the first Bungalows were built, that philosophy is still timely. These are the home, Gladu believes that will endure the test of time.
“What we do really has a generational effect,” he says. “You’ve got to hope that home is a place where generations will enjoy spending their lives.”