Irish Channel Creole Cottage
New Orleans, La.
The original home suffered from years of neglect; the clients wanted to revive the structure and add on. A key requirement was to retain the traditional Creole Cottage architectural style. The home did not meet elevation guidelines for the area, but the majority of the original floor plan could be retained. The need for additional space was accommodated by extending the home through most of the available lot space and adding a camelback second story.
The living room and kitchen area were given an open layout to foster central congregation and a screen porch was added to the back. A common difficulty with building in the New Orleans area is the constant moisture; Hardie siding and advanced flashing techniques, combined with a quality moisture barrier and spray foam insulation, created a home that can withstand its damaging effects. Key features include the faux exposed beams, pickled hardwood floors, quartz countertops and the his and hers shower.