Shotgun House

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 17:37 Published in Shotgun House

Shotgun House

Long and narrow, shotgun houses are made to fit small city building lots. Only one room wide, these homes pack a lot of living into a narrow space.

Features Include:

  • The entire house is no wider than 12 feet (3.5 meters)
  • Rooms are arranged in a single row, without hallways
  • The living room is at the front, with bedrooms and kitchen behind
  • The house has two doors, one at the front and one at the rear
  • A long pitched roof provides natural ventilation
  • The house may rest on stilts to prevent flood damage

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Minimal Traditional

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 17:34 Published in Minimal Traditional

Minimal Traditional

Although some may argue that these houses have no "style" whatsoever, this simple design was appropriate for a country recovering from a Great Depression and anticipating World War II.

Features Include:

  • Small with minimal decorations
  • Low or moderately pitched roof
  • Minimal eaves and roof overhang
  • Side gable, often with one front-facing cross gable
  • Front door entrance under the front cross gable
  • One story, with an attic story
  • Shutters are common
  • Exterior siding of wood, brick, or a mix of sidings
  • Small fireplace and chimney


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Katrina Cottage

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 06:27 Published in Katrina Cottages

Features Include:

  • Usually (not always) one story
  • Front porch
  • Turn-of-the century details such as turned columns and brackets
  • Rot- and termite-resistant siding such as Cementitious Hardiboard
  • Steel studs
  • Steel roof
  • Moisture and mold resistant drywall
  • Energy-efficient appliances




Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Mark Smith and I reside in Stevensville, Michigan my wife and two children. I have been interested in Architecture since my boyhood days; however, because of my families business—a lumberyard—I never really got a chance to pursue my dream until later in my career. Read more...


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