Yesterday, I said today's post would be on small spaces. That specific post will be delayed 2-3 days as I continue this fun, little series on the different construction of small spaces.
One of the cutest little footprints is a Katrina Cottage, designed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as a dignified alternative to FEMA trailers. There are many websites dedicated to Katrina Cottages, which are still available as guest houses, vacation retreats and permanent housing. While it's sad to think of people forced to live in something way smaller than what they left, if they were fortunate enough to receive a Katrina Cottage, at least they're in nice surroundings.
As I was researching Katrina Cottages and looking at pictures online, I was reminded of my great-grandmother's house in Fullerton, Nebraska. As a child, I was never allowed beyond the front room, which spanned the entire width of the house. That may sound big, but it was T-I-N-Y.
Behind the living room, where Grandma Reed would rock back and forth in her antique rocker, there was a miniscule kitchen, hidden by a calico curtain, and a small bedroom.
As you'll see below, some Katrina Cottages are a little bigger than others.
I was surprised to see kitchen cabinets that didn't go all the way up to the ceiling. If I was working with such a small space, I'd definitely have to maximize storage and function.
Katrina Cottages are today's version of the old shotgun house. Shotgun houses are so named because, supposedly, a shotgun fired through the front door would pass straight through the house and out the back door. Rooms were as wide as the house, and had doors that connected straight through. These were typically used as low-cost housing for the low-income workers of the South. They are especially common in and around New Orleans and are still in use today.
Can you see yourself living in a Katrina Cottage or shotgun house? Before you decide, perhaps you'd prefer a more unusual, sustainable construction. Stay tuned...
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