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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

We are so weird


One more thing: This morning, the Husbandlet and I got into an argument.

About bungalows.

This is a bungalow. I like this style of house very much; in fact, one of the great thrills of my college experience was getting to live in a bungalow during my senior year. But ... was I able to describe the characteristics of a bungalow to my husband? Was he able to understand my descriptives ("It's low! It has shingles!")? I think not.

However, you will all be relieved to know that our marriage has somehow survived. And I am posting this picture on my blog so that you, my gentle readers, will never face a similar conflict. Because you will Understand the Bungalow!

11 Comments:

At 9:38 PM, Blogger Neb said...

I like a good Bungalow. Frank Lloyd Wright built 'em. :-)

 
At 9:36 PM, Anonymous peter said...

Hmmph. "Low" and "shingles" do not a bungalow make.

Bungalows have thick walls, high ceilings, flat roofs, & expansive, meandering floor-plans. And they're native to the Indian subcontinent.

 
At 11:19 AM, Blogger Neb said...

Hmmm, can we define this?

"Bungalow": a one-story house that is not a ranch.

Which would be true except that there are (arguably?) bungalows that are 1 1/2 or even 2 story?

Let's try again:
"Bungalow": a one-story house that is not a ranch, or a more-than-one story house that is not a colonial or victorian.

Hmmm. I can't do this properly without deltas and epsilons.

 
At 1:16 PM, Blogger Jordana said...

See, this was my problem too. And then I asked Chris and Sarah if THEY knew what a bungalow was, and Chris said, "No idea," and Sarah said, "Isn't it like a ranch?" So I'm guessing it's not just me.

 
At 2:03 PM, Blogger Nate said...

Ranch is for salads :)

There are bungalows that don't look like the craftsman bungalow, to which your discription seems to limit the word.

Here in my corner of the northeast the word bungalow is used as a general term to describe a small one-story house with a low hip roof (I've heard it called an "island bungalow" by people in the business). There are many houses that would fit the general description of bungalow, which includes the craftsman and island bungalows, including my grandparents' house, but they would most likely not be called bungalows around here.

If one of our bungalows had steeper pitched roofs it would technically be a cape cod, but almost everyone here would wonder "Why are they calling it a cape cod? It doesn't have dormers." Yet in New England nobody would ask that.

But even ignoring the regional differences in terms, archetectural concepts are often difficult to state. A person can look at a building and know the style by name, but when asked to describe its features the untrained will have a hard time. It's like knowing the styles is separate from being able to pick out what makes the particular style. I know a craftsman bungalow when I see one, but I can't describe it.

My feisty side says that it might have something to do with the brain being good at recognizing patterns where the really aren't any, and archetects are just a bunch of frauds. But I honestly don't believe that.

 
At 6:22 PM, Anonymous peter said...

I recant about the flat roof part a little bit, in deference to the Hobson-Jobson definition. Strictly speaking, then, we lived in a pukka house, although we called it a bungalow. Perhaps the passage of 100 years between H-J's definition and our usage may allow for 'development' in the language.

 
At 6:29 PM, Anonymous peter said...

H-J, by the way, is the kind of dictionary that one would read for fun, if one were so inclined. In fact, I have a copy on my shelf...

 
At 9:08 PM, Anonymous That other Jordana said...

How about this definition from the Twin Cities Bungalow Club? It seems to fairly well encompass what you are trying to say.

Bungalows are very cute. I like our Victorian cottage though too.

 
At 12:15 AM, Blogger Nate said...

That link does have an excellent bungalow explanation, I agree. Works for me.

 
At 2:33 PM, Blogger Jordana said...

Who knew that bungalows were such a hot topic? Next week: the Saltbox.

 
At 2:34 PM, Blogger Jordana said...

And, if your name were Hobson, would you really seek out a person named Jobson with whom to write a dictionary?! I but ask.

 

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