Check out the influence here. The bungalow was essentially a medieval English floor plan reduced in size because all the serfs wanted their own chateau-ettes. The Brothers Greene in California popularized bungalows in Pasadena around 1900. They used multiple windows for good ventilation and rustic, exterior finishes like stone and wood shingles to promote a less formal, easy-living theme. The style caught on and moved east from there.
This house, typical of the breed, has an informally placed, off-center entry. The large glass door with sidelights and transom is a Colonial Revival detail. Narrow wood siding covers the ground floor, and patterned cedar shakes fill the front gable. All this, amazingly, works together.
Inside follows suit, even with a recent overhaul. The ground floor has original heart-pine floors and high ceilings. Lots of recessed lights have been added. The kitchen has been opened up and features a new layout with a large island. Lots of windows open up this room to a private rear yard and two-level deck.
There's a bedroom down (or a perfect home office, guest room). The public bath is made sumptuous by a slate floor, a footed soaking tub, and a large shower. A new fireplace opens into both the dining room and the den. Pretty cozy.
Upstairs is bigger than you'd think. Amazingly, there are three bedrooms, two baths, and a playroom -- and the rooms aren't small. The master suite is across the back. One side is the bedroom, the other a bath right out of a new development in Collierville. There's a double vanity, a large jet tub, and another separate shower. Connected to this bath is the dressing room.
The public bath upstairs, like down, has a slate floor and bead-board wainscoting painted glossy white. Conveniently, there are two pedestal sinks and a connecting laundry room. Toward the front on both sides are bedrooms, each with a walk-in closet. All of the bedrooms and the hall have oak floors, rather posh for the second floor of a bungalow. Only the front playroom, overlooking the recently landscaped front yard, has been carpeted, and what better material for the rugrats anyway?
If you're hunting for a recent Midtown renovation that's got all the bells and whistles, this may be it. Although the front may look like a well-maintained old biddy, the insides have had a face-lift that makes this sweetheart into quite the thoroughly modern Millie.