Katrina Cottage Plans

By Dan Gregory

This Katrina Cottage by Marianne Cusato has an optional extra bedroom.

The innovative small Katrina Cottage plans — from a team of designers and architects led by Marianne
Cusato — are now available on Houseplans.com. Plan 514-20 is shown at the top of this post and here. 

Layouts are efficient with livable porches and strong curb appeal, and easy expansion possibilities. Prices start at $850. Years ago I saw one of the first examples, at the Home Builder Show in Orlando and was very 

impressed. Architect Bruce Tolar designed several versions of the Katrina Cottage for Ocean Springs, Mississippi, as shown in this photo. These little houses would dignify any neighborhood. To my

mind they are highly evolved descendants of the wood-framed “earthquake cottages” built for San Francisco’s homeless after the disaster of 1906 (archive photo courtesy National Park Service).

Originally designed as a dignified alternative to the FEMA trailer, Katrina Cottages have been hailed for their design, durability, versatility and, affordability in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, on CNN. Here's Katrina Cottage Plan 514-8 by Eric Moser -- the bedroom is the second floor. 

The Katrina Cottage concept is the vision of Andres Duany, first developed at the Mississippi Renewal Forum in October 2005. The goal of a Katrina Cottage is to create a home that is safe, affordable, and can be built quickly - yet at the same time is livable and lovable. Following popular demand nationwide, Marianne Cusato and a talented team of independent designers have expanded the series beyond emergency housing.

These cottages are ideal for anyone looking for a small and compact home with style. They can be used as primary homes, clustered in pocket neighborhoods, used for student housing, and even for vacation cabins.

Meet the Team
Designer and author Marianne Cusato is a leading voice in home design whose work continually inspires and shapes trends throughout the building industry. Cusato's work addresses the ever-changing needs of homeowners today by striving to balance the practical requirements of economy and durability with the desire to love where we live. Ranked the No. 4 most influential person in the home building industry by Builder Magazine in its annual list, Cusato is the author, most recently, of The Just Right Home: Buying, Renting, Moving --or Just Dreaming -- Find Your Perfect Match! (Workman Publishing, 2013).

In 2006, her 308 s.f. Katrina Cottage won the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum's "People's Design Award." In June 2006, Congress appropriated $400 million for an alternative emergency housing program, based on the idea of the Katrina Cottage. Cusato is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture.

Eric Moser; Moser Design Group, Inc. is a neighborhood and residential design firm dedicated to promoting well designed traditional homes and communities and supporting Smart Growth through New Urbanism.

W. A. Lawrence; Period Style Homes, W.A. "Bud" Lawrence, ICA/CA is the principal partner of Period Style Homes, Inc. specializing in land planning and residential design and Lawrence Design-Build, Inc. specializing in residential and commercial construction. Throughout his 34 year career he has designed residential projects in classical, traditional and vernacular styles nationally and internationally.

Andres Duany; Duany Plater Zyberk & Co. (DPZ) is an award-winning leader in the practice and direction of urban planning, having designed over 300 new and existing communities in the United States and overseas, including Seaside, Florida. Principals, Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk are co-founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). 

Originally Published in Houseplans.com

Fri Sep 27 00:00:00 PDT 2013