“Katrina Cottages” were tiny and small house designs from a number of architects intended to allow households to quickly rebuild following the devastating 2005 hurricane that destroyed tens of thousands of houses along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Katrina Cottages were designed to resemble traditional homes in the affected areas, but were scaled down in size to reduce the cost and allow quick construction of many units.
This version, by Virginia architects GMF+ Associates, is one of the larger ones having three bedrooms in a floor plan of 1,112 ft2 (103.3 m2).
There are two bedrooms up and one on the main level. The home shown in these photos was modified quite a bit from the original plans with a switchback stair instead of a straight run of steps. As a result, the kitchen was changed from a galley-style to a single-wall layout and the porch was shifted a bit to the left.
With the modified floor plan, the ground-floor bedroom connects more directly to the living space via a wide hall and a pair of French doors. That makes the plan more flexible, allowing the bedroom to be used as part of the daytime living area. If you find the living space too small, there is the option of turning the bedroom into a small living room and having the existing living space become a larger kitchen and dining room, giving you a still compact two-bedroom home.
Photographs courtesy of GMF+ Associates.
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