Would this house be considered as a bungalow style house? I am doing a project for AP Human geography and I want to make sure that I can use this as an example of a bungalow style house.  If you...

Would this house be considered as a bungalow style house?

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I am doing a project for AP Human geography and I want to make sure that I can use this as an example of a bungalow style house.  If you could also point out some definitive bungalow characteristics shown in this house if it is, that would be awesome.  Thank you.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I cannot be completely sure about this because a lot of characteristics of bungalow houses are found inside the house.  But from the picture, it looks like this is a bungalow style house.

One of the major things that you can see here is that the top floor is clearly smaller than the lower floor.  It seems likely that you could categorize this as having one and a half stories with most of the living space on the lower floor.

Another thing is that the roof is not very pitched as you can see from the part that extends out from the dormers.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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The term bungalow, pronounced as bangla in Hindi, is a term used in India and nearby countries to describe an independent house built on its own land, as oppose to a several houses contained within within a common building. There is no strict definition of what constitutes a bungalow, but a small hut will not qualify as a bungalow for being too modest. Similarly a big grand house such as a palace of a king is considered too grand to be called a bungalow. There are other terms like kothi and haveli, which refers to something like a big bungalow, but not grand enough to qualify as a palace.

The house depicted in the question looks very much fit to be describes as a bungalow. One feature of this house, commonly associated with a bungalow in India is the veranda, the open covered portico in the front side, which is called baramda in Hindi. Light construction of the house and the fact that it has open spaces on both side of the house is also a common feature of bungalows. A number of houses built side by side, without any space in between are described as row houses rather than bungalows.

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