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Bungalow addition creates real estate quandary

Resale value hurt by improper access to rear bedroom

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As the 19th century drew to a close, women were making it clear that they were fed up with the overblown proportions, labyrinthine floor plans and acres of dust-catching ornament in their Victorian houses. Magazines such as Good Housekeeping began advocating simplicity, efficiency and modesty as the new watchwords for residential design. In keeping with this drastic reversal in domestic ideals, the humble little bungalow became the new century's antidote to Victorian pomposity. Compact, chastely finished and low to the ground, the bungalow was the very definition of simplicity. Some early examples didn't even have a central hall–the floor plan was a sort of six-pack affair in which one room opened directly onto the next. Larger bungalows had a short interior hall leading to two or three bedrooms and a centrally located bathroom. Alas, for modern-day owners, these virtues of compactness and simplicity can also make for cramped living and a lack of privacy. Solving these problems c...