About the Cottages


Originally designed as a dignified alternative to the FEMA trailer, the Katrina Cottage has evolved into a nationwide sensation that is finding popularity as affordable housing, guesthouses, resorts and camps. Marianne Cusato and a team of designer have partnered with Lowe’s to bring the Katrina Cottages to market at plans and material packages. Cottages in the Lowe’s series range from 308 ft. up to 1800 sq. ft. Several of the cottages have grow options that allow the smaller cottages to be expanded over time.

The Katrina Cottages have been hailed for their design, durability, versatility and, affordability in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, on CNN and in all major news outlets nationwide. In late 2006, The Smithsonian Institute's National Design Museum chose the Katrina Cottage 1 as the winner of the “People's Design Award”. And in May 2007, the venerable New Yorker Magazine tapped Katrina Cottage designer Marianne Cusato to partake in their first conference, the New Yorker 2012: Stories from the near future.

In June 2006 Congress appropriated $400 million for an Alternative Housing Pilot Program to replace FEMA trailers in areas impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Cypress Cottage Partners, working with Andres Duany, Marianne Cusato and Lowe's have been awarded $74.5 million of the $400 M to build Katrina Cottages and Carpet Cottages (a design developed by Andres) at four sites in Louisiana.

The Katrina Cottage was the idea of Andres Duany, first developed at the Mississippi Renewal Forum in October 2005. The premise of the Katrina Cottage is to create a house that is safe, affordable and can be built quickly - yet at the same time looks nice. Katrina Cottage 1 debuted at the 2006 International Builders Show in Orlando, Fla., in an exhibit made possible due to the very generous support of James Hardie Building Products, The National Association of Home Builders and the Governors Commission for Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal.

More information about the New Urbanism and rebuilding on the Gulf Coast
Mississippi Renewal Forum
Louisiana Speaks
Congress of the New Urbanism
The Town Paper
Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co.
Urban Design Associates
Katrina Cottage Housing

Katrina Cottage Designers
Marianne Cusato – Cusato Cottages
Andres Duany - Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co.
Eric Moser - Moser Design Group
Geoffrey Mouen – Geoffrey Mouen Architects
W.A. Lawrence – Period Style Homes