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Books for Bungalow owners, recommended by the editors

by Patricia Poore on June 19, 2012

in Bungalow

A stack of books

Do a search at and you’ll see there are dozens of books about Bungalows and the American Arts & Crafts movement.

Some of the now-classics are out of print but you can always find a used copy. Here is a basic library for owners of Bungalows old and new:

The Bungalow: America’s Arts & Crafts Home by Paul Duchscherer; Penguin Studio 1995
Inside the Bungalow: America’s Arts & Crafts Interior by Paul Duchscherer; Penguin Studio 1997
Outside the Bungalow, America’s Arts and Crafts Garden by Paul Duchscherer, photos by Douglas Keister; Penguin 1999
Bungalow Kitchens by Jane Powell,photos by Linda Svendsen; Gibbs Smith 2000
Bungalow Bathrooms by Jane Powell, photos by Linda Svendsen; Gibbs Smith 2001
Bungalow: The Ultimate Arts and Crafts Home by Jane Powell, photos by Linda Svendsen; Gibbs Smith 2004
Bungalow Details: Exterior by Jane Powell, photos by Linda Svendsen; Gibbs Smith 2005
Bungalow Details: Interior by Jane Powell, photos by Linda Svendsen; Gibbs Smith 2006
Bungalow Nation by Diane Maddex and Alexander Vertikoff; Abrams 2003
American Bungalow Style by Robert Winter; Simon & Schuster 1996
Bungalow Colors: Exteriors by Robert Schweitzer; Gibbs Smith 2002

More on decorating and furnishing your Bungalow:

The Beautiful Necessity: Decorating with Arts & Crafts by Bruce Smith and Yoshiko Yamamoto; Gibbs Smith 1996 and 2004
American Arts & Crafts Textiles by Dianne Ayres et als; Abrams 2002
Arts & Crafts Textiles by Ann Wallace; Gibbs Smith 1999
Arts and Crafts Furniture by Kevin P. Rodel and Jonathan Binzen, Taunton Press 2004
Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Furniture by Bruce Johnson; Popular Woodworking Books 2009
Craftsman Style by Robert Winter; Simon & Schuster 2004
Gustav Stickley by David Cathers; Phaidon 2003

To see Prairie School domestic interiors:

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Houses by Alan Hess et al; Rizzoli 2006
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Interiors by Thomas A. Heinz; Gramercy Books
Frank Lloyd Wright: The Houses by Alan Hess et al; Rizzoli 2005 [note: important book is oversized and heavy]
Purcell & Elmslie, Prairie Progressive by David Gebhard; Gibbs Smith 2006

Bungalows newly built or renovated:

Bungalow Plans by Gladu and Gladu; Gibbs Smith 2002
Small Bungalows by Christian Gladu and Ross Chandler; Gibbs Smith 2007
The New Bungalow by Bialecki and Gladu; Gibbs Smith 2001
The New Bungalow Kitchen by Peter Labau; Taunton Press 2007
Bungalow Style: Creating Classic Interiors in Your Arts & Crafts Home by Treena Crochet; Taunton Press 2004
Updating Classic America: Bungalows, Design Ideas for Renovating…and Building New by M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman; Taunton Press 2002

Scholarly histories of Bungalow architecture:

The Bungalow by Anthony D. King; Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1984
The American Bungalow by Clay Lancaster; Abbeville Press 1985

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1 Deramin July 24, 2013 at 4:39 am

Thanks for this list. All of the books I picked up from it are immensely useful. I’d also add that the the house kit catalogs reprinted by Dover Publications are great for getting a good sense of layout (especially in the kitchen and bath). Maybe more useful if you suspect you live in an old kit house, but it never hurts anyone to get a broad view of how architects were thinking about layout at the time.

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