At only 308-square-feet, this cute yellow house known as the Katrina Cottage grew out of the unique housing crisis facing the Gulf Coast. With four different variations based on the vernacular architecture of the Gulf Coast region, complete with front porches that include built-in seating, each house is designed to shelter a family of four.

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The design for Katrina Cottage evolved out of the Mississippi Renewal Forum, a design charrette organized by the Congress for the New Urbanism which brought together 200 professionals with the goal of developing design options for eleven communities along the Gulf Coast. One of the assignments of the Forum was to develop designs for affordable housing, which can be immediately put into place while respecting the place upon which it would be built. Costing only $35,000 to build, the Katrina Cottage has fulfilled that assignment. Built on site, or prefabricated and delivered, the Katrina Cottage is certainly a welcome alterative to the typical FEMA travel trailer, and will not cost a penny more.

Designed by cottage designer Marianne Cusato and architect Eric Moser, the Katrina Cottage can be sited to serve as a “Grow House” or a rear guest cottage when a new house is built on the lot, providing immediate sanctuary while giving way to a new life for those left shelterless on the Gulf Coast.

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