Australians welcomed the Californian bungalow in the early- to mid-1900s. It was seen as an ideal home for Australians to embrace the suburban outdoors and adopt a more informal and modern lifestyle. But look back on those original homes and they still had compartmentalised rooms with little physical or visual connection to the outdoors. That’s why many Californian bungalows are being opened up or extended with modern, open-plan living spaces that achieve the bungalow’s original intention.