Image

Kiwi House, Baton Rouge, La.

  • Kiwi House, +one design and construction, Baton Rouge, La.

    This neo-shotgun house replaces a damaged dwelling on a deep, narrow lot unsuitable for a conventional tract house--at an unsubsidized cost of less than $100 per square foot.

    http://www.builderonline.com/Images/tmpF97D%2Etmp_tcm138-791998.jpg?width=2000

    true

    2000

    This neo-shotgun house replaces a damaged dwelling on a deep, narrow lot unsuitable for a conventional tract house--at an unsubsidized cost of less than $100 per square foot.

    Devin Duffy

    Kiwi House, Baton Rouge, La. - Front and Side Elevations
    Merit Award - Custom Home / Less Than 3,000 Square Feet
    Entrant/Architect/Builder: +one design and construction, Baton Rouge, La.
    Living space: 1,300 square feet
    Site: 0.22 acre
    Construction cost: $96 per square foot
    Photographer: Devin Duffy.

    This neo-shotgun house replaces a damaged dwelling on a deep, narrow lot unsuitable for a conventional tract house--at an unsubsidized cost of less than $100 per square foot.

  • Kiwi House - +one design and construction, Baton Rouge, La.

    http://www.builderonline.com/Images/tmpF97B%2Etmp_tcm138-791991.jpg?width=2000

    true

    2000

    A privacy screen shades the long side porch.

    Devin Duffy

    A privacy screen shades the long side porch.

  • Kiwi House, +one design and construction, Baton Rouge, La.

    http://www.builderonline.com/Images/tmpF97C%2Etmp_tcm138-791994.jpg?width=2000

    true

    2000

    The master bedroom opens onto a private rear porch. High windows provide natural ventilation while protecting privacy.

    Devin Duffy

    The master bedroom opens onto a private rear porch. High windows provide natural ventilation while protecting privacy.

  • Kiwi House, +one design and construction, Baton Rouge, La.

    http://www.builderonline.com/Images/tmpF97A%2Etmp_tcm138-791988.jpg?width=2000

    true

    2000

    Metal and cement board cladding materials are durable and require little maintenance.

    Devin Duffy

    Metal and cement board cladding materials are durable and require little maintenance.

  • http://www.builderonline.com/Images/tmpF978%2Etmp_tcm138-791982.jpg?width=2000

    true

    2000

    A high window wall opens the living room to the front porch.

    Devin Duffy

    A high window wall opens the living room to the front porch.

  • http://www.builderonline.com/Images/tmpF979%2Etmp_tcm138-791986.jpg?width=2000

    true

    2000

    The master bedroom. High ceilings and concrete floors facilitate passive cooling.

    Devin Duffy

    The master bedroom. High ceilings and concrete floors facilitate passive cooling.

  • http://www.builderonline.com/Images/tmpF977%2Etmp_tcm138-791979.jpg?width=2000

    true

    2000

    Floor plan.

    Courtesy +one design and construction

    Floor plan.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Peggy and James Mitchell sheltered 40 New Orleans evacuees in their two-bedroom house in Baton Rouge, La., even after a falling tree demolished one of the bedrooms. When the dust settled, a family friend directed the good Samaritan couple to the design/build firm +one design and construction, which took on the task of providing a replacement dwelling at a cost they could afford. The result is this fresh, efficient, and livable take on a traditional local model.

“It’s an interpretation of a shotgun house, which is a very efficient vernacular typology,” noted one of our jurors. Architect David Baird devoted house-width rooms to a living room/kitchen at the front of the building and a master bedroom at the rear. Between those two bookend spaces, secondary bedrooms, baths, and a laundry stack up along a side hall. High ceilings and a polished concrete floor facilitate cooling; a wooden privacy screen provides shade at the long side porch, while allowing breezes to blow through.


Entrant/Architect/Builder: +one design and construction, Baton Rouge, La.; Living space: 1,300 square feet; Site: 0.22 acre; Construction cost: $96 per square foot; Photographer: Kevin Duffy.


Product details

Bathroom and kitchen fittings and fixtures: Kohler, www.kohler.com; Countertops: Wilsonart, www.wilsonart.com; Dishwasher and range: KitchenAid, www.kitchenaid.com; Exterior siding: James Hardie, www.jameshardie.com; Garbage disposer: InSinkErator, www.insinkerator.com; Hardware: Kwikset, www.kwikset.com; HVAC equipment: Trane, www.trane.com; Insulation: Owens Corning, www.owenscorning.com; Paints/stains/wall finishes: Sherwin-Williams, www.sherwin-williams.com; Refrigerator: General Electric, www.geappliances.com; Roofing: Berridge, www.berridge.com; Windows: General, www.generalwindowbatonrouge.com

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Baton Rouge, LA, New Orleans, LA.