Kitsilano Houses: Craftsman Bungalow


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Classic Kitsilano Architecture

Kitsilano has a variety of different and unique house styles – one reason why people love Kitsilano’s Real Estate. Being one of the older areas of Vancouver, Kitsilano saw quite a bit of development in the early 1900’s, continuing through the century. As time went on, slight changes in House Styles, materials, builders and the financial well being of the first occupants led to an evolution in styles. We’ll take you through all the different house styles found in Kitsilano, starting with the Craftsman Bungalow.

Unfortunately when searching for Houses for Sale in Kitsilano, there is no way to search specifically for Craftsman Bungalows, Early Cottage Styles, Vancouver Craftsman, Arts & Crafts or any other particular Architectural Style in Kitsilano, but if you’re specifically looking for a certain style, let the LiveKitsilano Team know and we’ll ensure you find your perfect home.

Craftsman Bungalows in Kitsilano: 1905 to 1930

The Craftsman House Style in Kitsilano was derived from the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th Century. Due to the fast increase in population in Vancouver, and specifically Kitsilano, there was a large demand for houses. The Craftsman Bungalow Style was easy enough for developers to build because they didn’t need the services of an architect and used local materials. Often, Vancouver residents would pick the style of home they wanted from a catalogue, so developers had the general plans and could order materials and even pre-fabricated sections of the home.

The Craftsman Bungalow Style was influenced by typical Craftsman Style Home, but was smaller due to a smaller budget of the builder and perhaps a smaller lot size.


Kitsilano Craftsman Bungalow with Low Pitched Roofs, Cedar Shingles, Half Width Porch with Metal Balustrades, Porch Columns and Three Pane Windows.

Look of Kitsilano’s Craftsman Bungalows

Typically, Craftsman Bungalows had pitched roof lines with gabled roofs, large covered front porches (either full width or half width of the home) and were typically asymmetrical. Thanks to the lower pitched roof, the second level of these home often had areas which had a lower ceiling height, though the gabled roofs were added to make up for this giving the second floor more floor area (with a normal ceiling height).

A gabled roof is essentially a triangular shaped roof that extends out of the typical roof line to offer a higher ceiling height inside the home. In the featured photo above, the gabled roof is the roof portion on the second level above the patio. 

The  Kitsilano Craftsman Bungalow was a simple and smaller version of the larger Traditional Craftsman. Typically the porches were only half the width of the house (or smaller), yet still covered. The porch often has balustrades (railing systems) made of decorative wood or metal and large piers (porch columns).

Along with gables, the roof has overhangs with exposed rafter tails and soffits (the underside of the roof overhang). Often the gabled roofs has decorative detailing.

Windows in Kitsilano Craftsman Bungalows were often in double or triple proportions (i.e. two or three different panes), often with many of the side windows being stained glass (though over time these aren’t as common as people replace them with newer and better performing windows). The large front door typically had a small window on the upper portion of the door.

Materials used in Kitsilano Craftsman Bungalows

Being in the early 1900’s, the most commonly used material was wood (in exterior shingles, roofs, porches, etc). Sometimes Stucco was used as a decorative feature on the gables roofs. In the beginning of the Craftsman era, cedar shingles were used on the exterior, with the shingles being replaces by larger, wider wood siding around the 1920’s.

There are still many of these houses around Kitsilano. Take a walk through the neighbourhood to see if you can spot the differences between the homes.

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