Saturday, August 1, 2009

Leave the light on.

At Traditions Home, at night, we leave the light on.

It is design's biggest paradox: We demand more and more in our lives - more features and more function - and yet we also demand simplicity.

At Traditions Home less is more: an open spacious home featuring a living area where the family gathers to share thoughts, a dining area where casual is a byword for comfort, and a sleeping area where comfort is the ultimate end. Stickley Furniture is designed with these ideas in mind. Whether your taste is Mission, Modern, Early American, European, or a touch of whimsy, Traditions Home can deliver that style simply and tastefully.


Let's begin with houses. One of Wichita's most recognized neighborhoods is College Hill, located between Kellogg and Central Avenues on the south and north and between Hillside and Oliver Streets on the west and east.

"The Bungalow is an all American housing type, but it has its roots in India. In the province of Bengal, single-family homes were called bangla or bangala. British colonists adapted these one-story thatch-roofed huts to use as summer homes. The space-efficient floor plan of bungalow houses may have also been inspired by army tents and rural English cottages. The idea was to cluster the kitchen, dining area, bedrooms, and bathroom around a central living area.

The first American house to be called a bungalow was designed in 1879 by William Gibbons Preston. Built at Monument Beach on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the two-story house had the informal air of resort architecture. However, this house was much larger and more elaborate than the homes we think of when we use the term Bungalow.

Two California architects, Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene, are often credited with inspiring America to build Bungalows. Their most famous project was the huge Craftsman style Gamble house (1909) in Pasadena, California. However, the Green brothers also published more modest Bungalow plans in many magazines and pattern books"

Jackie Craven, Bungolow Styles

More on Bungalows.