The Katrina Cottage: A New Housing Type?
A new industry of home building has sprung up to cater to the tens of thousands of Gulf Coast residents still living in trailers 10 months after Hurricane Katrina. Billed as quick and inexpensive to build, but storm ready and with more charm than a mobile home, the new "Katrina Cottages" is set to change face of the region, and simultaneously create a new design for quality affordable housing that can be applied elsewhere.
"The first "Katrina Cottage," designed by New York architect Marianne Cusato, made a splash when a prototype debuted in January at a trade show in Florida. Six months later, Cusato is in talks with Lowe's to design and manufacture a "kit" for that will provide the materials for builders to assemble a Katrina cottage on site."