The Katrina Cottage, a conundrum.
As most of you know, after the mighty Katrina rolled through town, housing was in high demand and short supply. Imagine that. One of the proposed solutions came in the form of the Katrina Cottage, a compact home on wheels you could plop down on a piece of relatively flat land and live in for a few months, a year, a few years...whatever your heart desired. These cottages were seen as a grand idea and they began popping up along the coast as a temporary for some, permanent for others housing solution until rebuilding was an option. Once the cottages had served their purpose, there was a surplus of them and no clue what to do with these tiny, portable dwellings. The main "problem" with a Katrina Cottage, is that they look like a Katrina Cottage, meaning, they are immediately recognizable as temporary housing on wheels and most people in established neighborhoods just don't jive with that. That begs the question, "How can we reuse the cottage and put a fresh spin on it while designing it to be an appropriate fit in a neighborhood- i.e. housing that will perhaps add to the surrounding market value, and at the very least, not detract from it."
You may be asking yourself, "Why on Earth are we talking about the Katrina Cottage in the first place?" The reason is that TALL was recently hired by a client to take a Katrina Cottage, site it on a piece of property in Ocean Springs, and make it "fit" within the neighborhood. We're SUPER excited about this project, mainly because we believe that this might be a challenge that others are facing as well, and we knew we could come up with a fun/unique idea that is creative, on budget, and satisfies the client's needs. We aren't saying the solution we are proposing suits everyone's needs, but for our particular client (she loves the outdoors more than the in, windsurfs (bad ass!), has a furry pup, and wants a space to have a few friends over for yoga) we think we have designed a solution that suits her needs and will be a piece of architecture we are proud to stamp with our TALL logo (metaphorically of course, or maybe not!).
Scroll through the images below to see what we are dreamin' and schemin', and we can't wait to show you more throughout the process!