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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

 

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History:

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina and the floods that followed destroyed many homes and communities along America’s Gulf Coast. Architects responded to the crisis by designing low-cost emergency shelters. The Katrina Cottage was a highly popular solution because its simple, traditional design suggested the architecture of a cozy turn-of-the-century house.

Marianne Cusato and other leading architects, including renowned architect and town planner Andres Duany, developed the original Katrina Cottage. Cusato's 308-square foot prototype was later adapted to create a series of about two-dozen different versions of the Katrina Cottage designed by a variety of architects and firms.

Katrina Cottages are typically small, ranging from less than 500 square feet up to about 1,000 square feet. A limited number of Katrina Cottage designs are 1,300 square feet and larger. While size and floor plans can vary, Katrina Cottages share many features. These quaint cottages are prefab houses constructed from factory-made panels. For this reason, Katrina Cottages can be built quickly (often within a few days) and economically. Katrina Cottages are also especially durable. These homes meet the International Building Code and most hurricane codes. 

 

Sources:
McAlester, Virginia and Lee. A Field Guide To American Houses. New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1984.
“House Styles, Picture Dictionary of Houses in North America and Beyond” About .com. Mar 1 2013 <architecture.about.com/od/periodsstyles/ig/House-Styles/>
Architectural Style Wikipedia. Mar 1 2013. <en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Architectural_style>

 

Last modified on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 05:00
Mark Smith

Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Mark Smith and my design company is located in Stevensville, Michigan where I reside with my wife and two children. 

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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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