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Bungalows design ideas, inspiration & pictures

The word bungalow has its origin in the Hindi word "bangalá", which refers to a house in West Bengal region in India. These were one-story rest houses built for travelers. Designed low to the ground, well equipped with large porches and shadowed by overhanging eaves,bungalows could deal with the heat and abnormal temperatures. Nowadays the word bungalow is used in different contexts around the world and in India, it refers to any single-family unit, and not an apartment building, which is the usual mode of housing for the middle class Indians living in cities. Although it started as a one storey home, with the progress in time, families started building two -storey homes and as a result more people could be accommodated.

How much does it cost to build a bungalow in India?

The price of a bungalow depends on factors like size, style, and location. The prices of housing in Tier 1 cities are way more expensive than Tier 2 or Tier 3 cities. Sprawling bungalows within Mumbai can start with prices upto 4 crore rupees whereas in Delhi and Bangalore the starting prices are a bit lesser at around 2 crores. Meanwhile, famous holiday locations such as Alibaug or Lokhandwala can start from 50 lakh rupees, whereas a small bungalow in a city like Sangli can be bought for 75 lakh rupees.

The cost of construction of a bungalow depends on area of construction and on the specifications. The cost of land in the hilly regions is a bit cheaper than plain lands, but construction costs will be higher. Specifications provided by budget housing builders suggest that the cost of construction can be around Rs. 1300/- per sft , including all the costs such as Architectural Design, Structural Design, building construction and external developments (example wall, gate etc.,).

How do I start preparing for the construction of my bungalow?

The first step is always proper planning and assessing the basic needs and requirements: budget and time. Once this goal has been achieved and the location is finalized, a broader analysis of the available materials and the designs can be made. Hiring professionals such as architects and landscapers is a always a good idea to minimize mistakes and reduce wastage of materials. It is good to note the number of people that would use the house on a regular basis and make sure all amenities have been properly looked into.

What materials are suitable for building a bungalow?

As technology has evolved, building materials with higher resilience, longevity and cost effectiveness have started to be used. A proper analysis, wise selection of materials and a smart way of combining them can result in a cost effective and comfortable habitat besides reducing its life cycle environmental impact. If one chooses durable and low maintenance materials, the need for new materials can be minimized. The combinations of materials used to build the roof, walls and floor may vary based on factors like climate, distance from source of supply, budget, maintenance requirements and desired style or appearance. The most commonly chosen material for bungalows in India is concrete, with natural materials like wood gaining popularity too. To ensure the safety and correct selection of materials based on geography, it is important to contact an architect or professional.

What are some flooring options I can use in a bungalow?

A variety of flooring materials are used in bungalows in India. Some of them are terrazo flooring, ceramic tiles, concrete finished flooring and vitrified tiles. Some other examples include laminated wooden flooring, natural marble flooring, natural granite and oxide florring etc.

What are some of the popular bungalows in India?

Bungalows are one of the most sought out living options in India. Famous bungalows include Mannat in Bandra (Shah Rukh Khan’s bungalow in Bandra) or Jalsa and Prateeksha (Amitabh Bacchan’s bungalows in Juhu). The most popular bungalows in India are the two-storeyed or three storeyed homes in Tier 2 and 3 cities which have caught the fancy of the rich middle class. Other examples are old havelis that have been transformed to bungalows with the advent of time.

Is a bungalow the right type of home for me?

Bungalows are one of the most common style of homes in smaller Indian cities as buildings and apartments have replaced them in bigger cities. Ideal for a big Indian family, the advantages of buying a detached property is that it is often located in quiet, suburban areas, which makes it ideal for people who seek a more peaceful life in a low-risk location.