When you hear the term bungalow you think warm and inviting. Visions of comfortably snuggling up next to a fireplace with a book or your significant other seems natural. Though typically defined as a low one story house with a full front porch, or two story with dormers this beautiful newly constructed home essentially fits the bill and hides some delightful surprises.
Custom built for a Texas Hill Country couple by a local builder, the home has many modified bungalow attributes. Set on a lot filled with trees and with views of the hill country, the designers managed to create a structure that almost looks as if it could have been there for years with updates along the way.
Have a look at the photos below and see how the style was adapted for the modern home market’s desire for an open plan with detailed ceilings, high natural light quality, and natural finish materials.
All photos by Twist Tours Photography used with permission.
The front elevation shows the bumped out upper floor rooms, that although not dormers, they seem to mimic the look. The raised center square cupola adds an element popular with homeowners. The large upper floor porch mirrors the one below.
Although minimally furnished and still needing to be fleshed out, the living room feels intimate and inviting while the multi-level ceiling adds interest and drama. A large stone fireplace with chimney extending the full height of the structure grounds the space.
The soaring cutout living room ceiling is a stunning element contrasting the lower ceiling areas which define the room, adding natural light and vertical interest. The hand scraped birch wood flooring is installed front to back instead of lengthwise visually offsetting the narrow wide room. Wide base, trim, and casings are used to instill the craftsman bungalow appeal. Accent walls and darker trim highlight architectural aspects.
The raised center cupola has a bead-board surface, and clerestory windows that flood the entire open mezzanine and living room below with light.
The coffered ceiling in the dining room adds structural and visual weight in counterpoint to the soaring living room ceiling inset. Soft warm gold walls play sublimely off the cooler grays in the living room, and the accented coffer beams create pattern and movement.
French doors open to a large back porch area.
Up to date energy efficient appliances, varied height espresso stained maple cabinets, natural stone countertops and white subway tile make this kitchen a study in contrasts. The bead-board ceiling is a homespun accent common in period style homes. The stained concrete flooring, although an excellent choice for easy care is the only element I would have preferred differently. The transition breaks up the space, and I would have preferred to see the wood extended throughout. Practicality and personal preference ruled in this instance.
The use of recessed cans, and under cabinet lighting insure quality overall lighting and task lighting. The counterbalance pulley lights over the kitchen island are the owner’s favorite fixtures and were purchased from Loblolly General Goods in Bastrop Texas.
Shaker panel doors, and bead-board accents can be seen in the mudroom, complete with bench seat and coat hooks. Details like these extend throughout the home.
Window seating with book storage underneath, also common in period home design is given a fresh look with the addition of a large fixed glass window for unobstructed views of the hill country.
The walk in shower with river rock accent tile is flanked by matching vanities
Secondary baths have hexagonal floor tiles with accents, a vintage favorite.
See more photos of this great home here!