This 3000 square foot, L-shaped, two-story home replaces the Owner’s original house on this site, which was destroyed in the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina. Its interior living spaces are designed to focus on a new pool and patio and to frame views of a mature live oak on the site.
Replacing a severely deteriorated corner commercial structure, this New Orleans home was designed to respect the architectural character of its 7th Ward neighborhood. The 2200 SF one story structure provides the musician homeowner with a rehearsal space and a small apartment to generate rental income.
Octavia St. Renovation reviewed in New Orleans Times-Picayune/Advocate :
Renovations and additions to this ca. 1890 barge board side-gable cottage in Gretna’s McDonoghville Historic District are approaching completion. 20thcentury modifications, including low –ceilinged additions at the rear and a concrete slab front porch with dropped soffit were removed, as were the asbestos shingle roof and siding.
Removal of dropped ceilings and layers of vinyl tile flooring revealed original t&g wood ceilings and heart pine flooring, which have been restored. Aluminum windows were removed throughout and replaced with aluminum clad wood double-hung windows. Custom-designed french doors with period-appropriate detailing and new wood windows have been installed at the front façade. The front porch was re-built with period-appropriate details. A new bedroom and porch were added at the rear beneath a new cross-gable roof, maintaining the original eleven foot ceiling height throughout. The original four-square floor plan was modified to create open-plan entertaining space on one side of the center wall, with bedrooms, bath and utility spaces on the other side.