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By: CloudyDay11 , 2:03 AM GMT on May 04, 2014
Today I'm going to talk about bungalows. Let's get started!
First off, what is a bungalow?
A bungalow is a small house, usually raised from the ground with open, high ceilings. Rooms are usually large with lots of windows. To make bigger houses with the bungalow, instead of just making one large house, it is common to use several bungalows to create a compound
What reasoning is behind the design?
A bungalow is raised off the ground for two reasons: critters and airflow. Various poisonous and/or toothed/clawed animals have a hard time getting in. Also, air can more easily cool the floor and house when its raised. We'll get to why that's important in a minute.
Open, high ceilings are prevalent because of airflow reasons. Heat rises, right? You want that heat as far off of YOU as you can, so you raise the ceilings so the hot part is above you.
Large rooms are also about airflow. Air doesn't get trapped in one small room, making it hot. The air can move in and out of windows in the room, too. Lots of windows (pre-air conditioning) allowed a cool breeze to cool the house down and let heat out.
Compounds are better because with large houses, you eventually may get windowless rooms. Windowless rooms get hot, stuffy, and they are also claustrophobic. So, lots of little houses clustered together makes more sense.
Where are they usually found?
Bungalows are usually found in hot, humid climates (Now all that airflow stuff makes sense, right) like India.
So, now you know WAY more than you should about bungalows. It was fun though, right? :-)
Thanks for reading,
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