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Granny Flat Styles—Volume II: Californian Bungalow Style

Have you just moved to the East Coast and bought a house with a Granny Flat? Are you looking to build a Granny Flat with a simple floor plan or transform your current Granny Flat into a coastal haven? Then the Californian bungalow style Granny Flat is the way to go.

When it comes to capturing and replicating an authentic Californian bungalow style for your Granny Flat there are many features to incorporate, which are different to those of the Victorian style. These features include but are not limited to:

  • Simple floor plans
  • Bay windows
  • Gabled roof lines
  • Stained timber floors/windows/door frames


Simple floor plans:

Californian bungalow style homes are known for their simple floor plans with the basic necessities of one, two or even three bedrooms, a living room, bathroom and kitchen. The simplicity of these floor plans would be ideal for building a Californian bungalow style Granny Flat.

Bay windows:

Bay windows in Californian bungalow style homes are generally sliding and grouped together. The advantages of having at least one bay window in a Californian bungalow style Granny Flat would be its ability to draw in natural light, enable good ventilation, and can add value to the flat, and therefore the home as a whole.

Gabled rooflines:

Gabled rooflines are known for their triangular shape and ease of shedding water and snow. Like bay windows, gabled rooflines can enable ventilation, and their artless design makes them simple and easy to build, in comparison to other types of roofs.

Stained timber floors/windows/door frames:

To add to and balance out the colour scheme of the Californian bungalow style, timber floors, as well as windows, door frames are generally stained a dark colour to provide a contrast to the usually light coloured walls.

So now that you have an idea on the different features of the Californian bungalow style, you can transform your new Granny Flat into a coastal haven. If this or the Victorian styles are not for you, then stay tuned for the next blog post on Colonial style Granny Flats.

Granny Flat Styles—Volume Ii: Californian Bungalow Style