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House Tour: Californian Bungalow Style

Californian Bungalow style sets the scene in today’s house tour in Australia. We take a look at the key indicators of this popular design trend and how to maximise a home in this style.

Though less decorative than their Victorian and Edwardian counterparts, Californian bungalows have a charm and warmth that makes them a popular choice around the world. Today’s home in an Australian suburb proves this fact. Their unfussy construction and straightforward floorplans lend themselves well to renovation and open-plan living.

Inspired by an American look, this style arrived during the 1920s and featured lower pitched roofs and often thick columns beneath the veranda.

“These homes are typically clad in brick with some solid rendered and masonry elements, with interior details such as ornate ceilings, skirtings and architraves,” explains Leah Pitman of Bone Made. She and her business partner Fliss Pitman are the interior design duo behind the elegant transformation of this home in Concord.

A beautiful renovation

The owners needed to extend the bungalow to accommodate their family of six. “They wanted it to feel open, light and airy but also have ample storage,” Leah explains. A draftsman was enlisted to add bedrooms, a generous living space and a mudroom entry from the carport. Meanwhile, Leah and Fliss were tasked with creating a large kitchen with butler’s pantry; separate living areas for the parents and children; a his-and-hers wardrobe and ensuite in the master bedroom; and a large kids’ bathroom.

Their design had to adhere to heritage regulations, which included retaining the original fireplace. “We didn’t mind at all!” says Fliss. “We painted it white to align with the refreshed colour palette and allowed it to be a feature when walking through the front entry and down the hallway.” They also needed to preserve the old architraves, skirting and ornate ceilings.

Statement additions

Standout features in the reno include beautiful Oak herringbone flooring which adds a warm, honey tone to the house. As you will notice, skirting, architraves and brass detailing were kept consistent throughout. There is a great balance between old and new here. Even the choice of kitchen fixtures was kept classic with brass accents. A timeless neutral colour palette ensures cohesion and continuity.


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