WoodCentral's Book Reviews

by M. Caren Connolly & Louis Wasserman

Taunton Press: 2002
Hardback, 202 pp., $29.95
ISBN 1-56158-435-5

     If you are interested in high-rise buildings and concrete and steel interiors, this is not the book to buy. But, if the warmth of wood, the welcoming light of open interiors surrounded by beadboard paneling, broad-based pillars and high, polished wainscoting is more to your taste, open these pages and step inside.
     The hallmarks of the bungalow style are heavy roof overhangs supported by squat columns and braces, broad porches and second floor dormers. Interiors often emphasize finely detailed wood joinery with highly crafted doors, crown moldings and wood floors. Stained or beveled glass panes are often incorporated in entry areas or the living and dining rooms. Built-in shelving units adorn the dining rooms and kitchens. Many have Craftsman-style features such as period lighting in brass and glass wall sconces.
     This volume includes before-and-after shots of renovations as well as tips for new construction in the distinctive bungalow style. Additons that blend in with existing walls and continue a characteristic roofline are shown in dozens of examples. Floor plans are diagrammed to show details of the projects, and there are ideas for adapting new materials into the design. Large color photos display many fine examples of the American bungalow tradition. This is a well done, beautiful coffee table book.

. . . Barb Siddiqui