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The renovated historic house maintains a “loft” aesthetic with laminate wood floors, white texture-painted drywall, & 12’ high ceilings, while maintaining traditional door, window, & trim details. 

(Left) The new kitchen incorporates stainless steel energy-star appliances and quartz counters, amid retro-victorian wood cabinetry with brushed metal cup drawer pulls, & an apron-front sink.

(Right) The Cottage Living Idea Home 2007 shows a completed version of comparable styles. 

The original 19th century building is a duplex in the typical New Orleans double “shot gun” style, a long, narrow string of rooms often viewable entirely from one end to the other through aligned doors.

Its high ceilings, tall windows, and thinness allowed for natural ventilation and daylighting.  Fireplaces in most rooms provided winter heating.

The renovation creates a single residence with a double-sized living/dining room, and a master bedroom suite with private bath and walk-in closet.  Central air is provided and fireplaces are replaced often with glass french double doors, aligned with windows connecting the spaces laterally, allowing light and creating picturesque views.

The Lower Garden District is shown in the lower left of this 1815 map of New Orleans.  This 1700sf house owned by the Sixth Baptist Church has been moved from one site in the neighborhood to another and an extensive renovation is planned for under $200,000.

The roof simulates the look of typical 19th century wood shingles with a “cool roof” asphalt shingle product, while composition boards and trim cover most walls, with the front original wood facade restored.  A small wood porch is added for a cozy, cottage effect, with details maintaining traditional Louisiana Victorian architectural patterns, and those of the Lower Garden Historic District.

A similar design will be built with identical colors and finishes. 

All SketchUp design renderings and plans copyright Stephen M. Long.  

Historic Map from actual survey by I. Tanasse, Rollinson, sc., courtesy World Maps Online. 

Cottage Living Idea Home 2007 designed by Eric Moser, with its

photograph courtesy New Orleans’ Favorite Shotguns by Mary Fitzpatrick

[Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, 2007].


Sixth Baptist Church

of New Orleans


Golden Hammer


Hewitt Washington

& Associates

Project Architect:

Stephen M. Long

A flex room with its own exterior entrance can serve as an office, study, or 3rd bedroom.