422 N. Washington Chapter One AND Introduction to Lucky Star Farm

422 N. Washington Chapter One AND Introduction to Lucky Star Farm

Hurricane Katrina was awful. Several weeks before her havoc reached the Louisiana Gulf Coast, I heard that a couple from New Orleans had bought the dilapidated historic home across the street from one of our projects. The house was in sad condition. It had been carved into shoddy apartments. We hoped that somehow the new owners would talk to us about how we might work together. One day, while making a site visit at our neighboring project, the new owners appeared.

Out West

How do you capture a big view and protect the home from the evening sun? Our clients wanted to improve their home's image, create open social space, and find a way to enjoy a big winter vista through the trees across the road. Adding a big friendly porch out west was the answer. The new porch and remodeled interiors work together to transform the home.


  • The house was noble but nondescript.
  • The porch transforms the home's image.
  • Steel columns support the wood ceiling.
  • Concrete foundation blocks serve as seating and a place to rest refreshments.
  • New kitchen for preparing porch-time refreshments (along with occasional other meals too).
  • Low awning windows don't obstruct the view.
  • The Renovation improved energy efficiency.
  • Friendly porches improve neighborhood morale.
  • The remodeled open plan provides views from living, kitchen, and dining.
  • The orange door signals that fantastic people live here!

A front porch for living...


...transforms the image.


A growing family loves their small house and neighborhood. By adding a second floor, we created a place for four children's bedrooms.  This made room on the first floor to reimagine most of the space, add a garage and screened porch, and transform the experience of the home.



  • The house fits the neighborhood.
  • Screened porch is a living room.
  • Kitchen is the heart of the home.
  • The old house is still part of the new design.
  • Second floor provided unexpected views.
  • Bathrooms for everyone!
  • Super-functional drop-zone mudroom.
  • Enough space for small tipi in the living room.
  • Sunlight through new kitchen windows inspires joy.
  • Good design improves daily life for people.
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A small tipi

looks great in the living room!