Katrina Cottages

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After Hurricane Katrina devastated America's Gulf coast in 2005, architect Marianne Cusato designed and developed one of the most popular low-cost emergency shelters: the Katrina Cottage. Fusing traditional design with eco-friendly solutions, the original 308-sq ft Katrina cottage became so popular that it's been adapted into a series of almost twenty-four different versions that range from 500-1000 sq ft. Click below the jump to check out a few interior shots...

[ Photos © 2006 Jackie Craven ]

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Natural bamboo floors, no interior walls, and a Murphy bed that folds open to fit within square pillars and curtains to create privacy.


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Kitchen occupies one wall, all the appliances are energy efficent.


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Even though the Katrina cottages were created as an emergency shelter, these homes meet hurricane codes thanks to the use of quality materials such as floor-to-ceiling tiles. Although plastic or vinyl coverings would have been cheaper, the tiles are much more durable.

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