New Home Offers Hope To Hurricane Survivors | Facility Executive - Creating Intelligent Buildings

On the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastating sweep across the Gulf Coast, new housing alternatives are giving a second chance to the displaced or temporarily homeless. A “Katrina Cottage” is a dignified alternative to the FEMA trailer. It is small permanent house, which is safe, affordable, and can be assembled quickly. Architect and planner […]


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On the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastating sweep across the Gulf Coast, new housing alternatives are giving a second chance to the displaced or temporarily homeless. A “Katrina Cottage” is a dignified alternative to the FEMA trailer. It is small permanent house, which is safe, affordable, and can be assembled quickly. Architect and planner […]
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New Home Offers Hope To Hurricane Survivors

New Home Offers Hope To Hurricane Survivors | Facility Executive - Creating Intelligent Buildings

On the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastating sweep across the Gulf Coast, new housing alternatives are giving a second chance to the displaced or temporarily homeless.

A “Katrina Cottage” is a dignified alternative to the FEMA trailer. It is small permanent house, which is safe, affordable, and can be assembled quickly. Architect and planner Andres Duany developed the concept for the Katrina Cottage just after Hurricane Katrina in response to the overwhelming need for emergency housing along the Gulf Coast.

Since it’s debut at the 2006 International Builders Show in Orlando, FL, Katrina Cottage 1, the 308 square foot cottage, designed by Marianne Cusato, has attracted nationwide attention. This idea, born out of the tragedy of our nations worst natural disaster, has brought hope to thousands and has reached well beyond the emergency housing market. From affordable and elderly housing, to resorts and vacation homes, the cottages have struck a cord in the hearts of Americans. Katrina Cottages are safe and durable. They are engineered to withstand at least 140 mph winds and can be constructed with wood framing, steel framing or prefabricated foam-insulated panels, and are finished with fiber cement siding and a metal roof.

Several designers are working together to develop a series of Katrina Cottages, which range in size from 300 square feet to 1200 square feet. Within this range of sizes designs vary to meet a wide range of needs and requirements. The cottages can also become the first component of a larger house.

Another purpose for these homes includes temporary housing during construction after a disaster such as a hurricane. They can also be moved to new sites or converted to rental properties.

Katrina Cottages are safe and durable. They are engineered to withstand at least 140 mph winds and can be constructed with wood framing, steel framing or prefabricated foam-insulated panels, and are finished with fiber cement siding and a metal roof.

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