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Family-Friendly Bungalow Photos

By Van Ditthavong

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Craftsman bungalow in Fairmont district of Fort Worth
Growing up, Alex and Kathleen Seleny spent their respective childhoods in the warm embrace of old, historic homes, so when the time came for them to lay down roots of their own, a vintage house, like this early 20th-century Craftsman, felt right.

Bungalow porch with beadboard ceiling and slate floor
The porch's white beadboard ceiling and slate-tile floor create a cool, shaded outdoor room to combat the sweltering Texas heat.

Bungalow kitchen
Alex and Kathleen's restoration plans are far from finished. For example, they haven't touched the large kitchen yet, though it was one of the features that drew them to the house. To start, they plan to reconstruct the butler's pantry that was torn out by the previous owners and backdate the cabinetry and fixtures.

Vintage chambers stove
Another task on the Selenys' kitchen to-do list is to re-chrome their vintage Chambers stove.

Restored bungalow dining room
The fact that the original woodwork was not only intact by unpainted was one of the things that most appealed to Kathleen about the house.

Restored bungalow dining room
The dining room was the first space the Selenys restored. The couple removed Victorian-style, tea-stained rose wallpaper and added period-appropriate wainscoting.

Bungalow fireplace with art tiles
An earth-toned, tree-motif tile by potter Laird Plumleigh was the inspiration behind the fireplace's restoration. The surrounding tiles are handmade Epro ceramic squares.

Bungalow bathroom with claw-foot tub
White, bright, and intentionally simple, the focal point of the main-level bathroom is undoubtedly the claw-foot tub. The couple plans to restore the dropped ceiling to its original height.

Bungalow second-floor master bedroom
Most bungalows don't have enough headroom in the attic to allow it to be converted into livable square footage. Alex and Kathleen lucked out—their second level has plenty of space for their bedroom.

Five-panel door in bungalow
Soon, Alex and Kathleen will have collected enough five-panel doors to replace the contemporary ones the previous owners erroneously installed upstairs.

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