Bungalow renovating guide

It is no wonder that residents of Colorado love their bungalows. They are very compact, yet they still have all the things one family needs. Most often they don’t have stairs since usually they have only one flat. But does that make them easy to renovate? In this guide, you are going to see that bungalow renovating can be difficult, but only if you don’t know what you are doing. This is why in this guide we are going to show you what should you do if you plan on renovating your bungalow, from organizing your renovation to the design and style. Also, we are going to say a few words about the history of this interesting architectural style, how it originated, and what made it so popular in the UK and US, especially Colorado. So, without further ado, let’s begin!

History of bungalow

The term ‘bungalow’ comes from Gujarati, and it roughly means the house in the Bengali style. For those who don’t know, Gujarat is in today’s India, and both Bengal and Gujarat were parts of the British Crown. From British colonial possessions, bungalows spread throughout their colonies.

Indian ornament.
Bungalows originated in ancient India, more precisely in Bengal.

Bungalows were started to be made in the 19th century in the UK, but they became popular after WW2. They simply were too convenient.

In the USA, bungalows became popular in the early 20th century, and originally they were used as vacation houses. For some reason, it was most popular, among some other states, in the state of Colorado. They were extremely popular in Colorado between 1900 and 1930. Today, many citizens of Colorado still live in bungalows.

Organizing your renovation

But enough talk about the history of bungalows, we have to turn to the practical stuff. How can you organize your renovation, and plan your move if you are relocating to a bungalow? What does that exactly mean?

Well, first you have to see where you stand financially. You have to calculate all potential costs if you want your bungalow renovating to be done without any problems, and leave some financial space for unexpected costs.

In the price of renovation you have to include:

  • The cost of removing old and unnecessary stuff from your bungalow, like old tiles, electronics, and whatever you want to remove.
  • The cost of hiring professionals. You have to hire professional plumbers, painters, electricians, and so on. This all depends on how much do you want to renovate.
  • The cost of getting new stuff. In case you want to move something from your storage or some piece of real estate you own, know that relocation specialists can help you out with that. So, include those costs too.
  • Unexpected costs. Expect the unexcepted.

Don’t do everything by yourself

Every successful renovation is done with the help of professionals. We already mentioned that hiring professionals is necessary. Don’t try doing everything on your own, it is going to cost you more, and you’ll do a far worse job. No offense.

Many people think that they can do everything. It is rare to find a person who is an electrician, a painter, a floor tiler, and that has the time and energy to renovate the home himself. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you should be excluded from your own renovation. Quite the contrary, you have to be present often and manage your renovation. You can even take some jobs yourself, and do them if you have the knowledge and time.

Bungalow renovating floor.
When your bungalow needs renovating, just call the guy!

Just make sure not to mess with dangerous stuff like electricity. This is why our friends from Homegrown Moving have this to say: “Just call the guy”!

Also, make sure to hire an interior designer and/or an architect. The Interior designer can give you some advice on how you can renovate your bungalow from the inside while following your vision, and an architect can help you with your bungalow layout and what can you do to make your life easier when it comes to living inside of bungalow. This means that an architect can help you with practical things too, like potential fire escapes, or how to get rid of moisture condensation.

Bungalow renovation requires good management

Inside of a bungalow.
Stick with a simple color scheme. We recommend using lighter colors, but more on that later.

Your primary job is to manage your renovation. You are the one who decides who to hire. Also, your decision is what kind of roof do you want, what color your walls ought to be, and other stuff. We recommend checking with an interior designer the color scheme. Don’t go too crazy with colors. It is best to stick with a simple color scheme. For bungalows, we recommend a lighter color scheme. That will make the space look bigger.

For example, if you are moving from New Hampshire to your Denver bungalow, you might want to change the layout of your bungalow. We recommend consulting with a professional architect about that.


Let’s talk more about the decoration of the bungalow. As we mentioned, it is best to stick to a simple color scheme. Many people tend to overcomplicate their color palettes, and this can lead to horrendous color combinations. When we are talking about color schemes, it is important to match the style and colors of your furniture with your walls and flooring.

With that said, you should also match the style of your blankets, carpets, cushions, and similar.  Everything has to be matching, and it is not a waste of time to think about those kinds of things. Living in pretty surroundings means better living. Aesthetics affect emotions.

When you are finished, we recommend checking out some of Denver’s best restaurants. Make sure to buy dinner for people who have helped you in your renovation process.

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