Bungalows were historically small houses with thatched roofs.
A chalet bungalow is a type of bungalow house with a small living area on the second floor or loft. By definition, a bungalow is generally considered a one-story structure separate from other structures. The bungalow bungalow is still essentially a bungalow, however, because it meets the other criteria that make up a bungalow-style home. The bungalow design, like other types of bungalow homes, originated in India, where the structure was a home commonly built for the working class. Bungalows are usually single-story with a porch – an open-air covered front porch. Historically, bungalows were thatch-roofed structures of cheap and very simple construction. Today, bungalows use quality building materials but still mimic traditional layouts.
A chalet bungalow has a loft on the second floor that can be converted into a living area.
The sloping roof and gables featured in all bungalows are also common in the chalet bungalow. Bungalows can be designed to contain the same amount of living space as other homes, which means that the bungalow footprint is generally larger than other types of homes. This also means that the courtyard in which the bungalow is built must be larger. The advantages of a bungalow include greater privacy, as well-placed trees and shrubs can obstruct the outside view. They are also advantageous because the entire living space is on one floor, which means there are no stairs to climb. The porch outside the house increases the usable space during warm weather.
A cottage bungalow, however, has a loft on the second floor that can be converted into a living area. The loft is usually small because it is just below the roof, and in normal bungalows this space is usually small and used mainly for storage. The chalet bungalow uses this space for a bedroom or other living area, making the chalet bungalow fundamentally different from a typical bungalow. It’s still considered a bungalow by most people because all the main living areas are located on the first floor, although it technically doesn’t meet the criteria for a true bungalow.
This design is useful for small families with young children. The upstairs living area can be used as a children’s bedroom, while the main living area and master bedroom remain downstairs. A bungalow was historically a small residence for India’s poor and working class, so modern versions are also small. The loft area then becomes very important for families who need storage space, guest space or bedroom space.