Both from Louisiana, the owners desired the south Louisiana vernacular type of the Acadian cottage for this West University Place house.
“Soft red” and “hard tan” brick from New Orleans were used for the exterior walls and fireplaces. The Acadian style extends to the interior with the use of old growth pine lintels above the windows, pine shutters and antique longleaf pine floors.
Transom doors and ten-foot high ceilings lend an expansive quality to the interior, reminiscent of a time before air-conditioning. The cabinetry and trim is brown cypress from Louisiana. The old growth pine beams in the family room are in fact structural.
This is the second Acadian style house we designed with the owners. The first was featured in the Spring 1992 issue of Fine Homebuilding: Annual Issue on Houses and published in the May / June 1992 issue of Texas Architect.