The quandary facing Mr Lewiss in-laws will be familiar to anyone of retirement age for whom stairs are difficult to negotiate. There is a growing call for new homes, but space is limited and at a premium. The result is that very few new bungalows are being built, as they are seen as not as good an investment as apartment blocks and retirement villages. Could it be a case of pack them high, sell them more cheaply? It certainly could be argued so.
The ironic thing is that these one-storey homes often represent the ideal accommodation. They can be perfect for the elderly, the green-fingered, couples starting out, first time buyers and also for families - as they often have an outside play area. Our taste for the bungalow began in the 17th century, when British expats in India, working for the East India Company, fell for the local one-storey thatched houses, built in the Bengali style thus the name bungalow, derived from the Hindi word bangla, meaning Bengali.
In the US and Australia and other countries with lots of wide-open space, bungalows have long been popular, even fashionable. They are considered desirable because they can be very spacious whilst also offering land attached. Will the British ever get a chance to reignite their love for the humble bungalow?
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