Recently, Paul Gallant, a contractor friend of mine contacted me when he was in the process of purchasing a house in uptown New Orleans for the purposes of renovating and flipping.  The house is a very small, single story,  2 bedroom/1 bathroom house that was built in the early Twentieth Century.  The existing house takes the form of a modest Arts and Crafts styled bungalow with a low pitched gable roof that slopes towards the front and towards the rear.  The exterior house is sided with wood clapboard siding with deep eaves with exposed rafter tails.  Large painted brick square piers frame both sides of the front porch with two smaller center piers that form pedestals for wood structural columns.  It can’t be determined whether the center structural wood columns were originally omitted, with the pedestals being primarily a decorative feature and the main structural beam spanning the full width of the front porch, and the present columns were later added to support a sagging beam, or whether the present wood structural columns are replacements for tapered wood box columns often found on Arts and Crafts styled houses in New Orleans.  

The interior views show that the house was probably renovated in the latter part of the Twentieth Century, as there are few remaining Arts and Crafts styled details.  A pair of tapered square columns separate the living room from the dining room, but these features appear to be of recent vintage, perhaps in imitation of some exterior columns that are longer exist, or in imitation of other Arts and Crafts houses of the same vintage.  All, the original windows have been replaced with vinyl, one over one single hung units; all that remains on the interior is the simple flat wood casings that framed the openings.  All the interior doors, casings and baseboards are modern construction.  The main rooms are carpeted throughout.

The house could easily be demolished and a new house constructed in its place, but Paul gallant, the contractor, intends to expand the house into a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom house.  To achieve this, a second floor will be added under a steeper gable roof that will replace the existing roof.  Large shed roofed dormers on the front and rear will provide additional space.  In addition, the existing ceiling structure will need to be reinforced to carry floor loads and its possible that additional foundation piers may need to be added to bear the weight of the new second floor and roof.

This should be an interesting project to follow.    


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