The owners of this 1940s brick house on a corner lot in River Oaks sought an architecturally compatible addition to emphasize the New Orleans style aspects of the house. Vernacular motifs of covered wood balconies, porches and wood shutters were judiciously integrated into the massing, with care given to preserving the scale of the existing structure. The existing and new brick areas were seamlessly blended with the use of a sacked plaster finish, traditionally applied with burlap sacks.
The owners needed a side entry to accommodate a new mud room entry for access to the newly enlarged kitchen from the side garden. The existing small study was completely rebuilt into a larger library with a gabled ceiling and new fireplace. An existing full bath was replaced with an office nook and expansive powder room with custom glass sink.
The interior finishes were selected in cool tones, to give the effect of a coastal aerie. End grain vintage oak flooring was used in the informal rooms, including the kitchen. The wall paneling in the vaulted study is pecky cypress.
L. Barry Davidson Architects was the architect and interior designer on this house, completed in December 2008.