The historic double shotgun house is somewhat of a challenge when reconfiguring for modern day use. It’s not uncommon in a shotgun to walk through a living room or kitchen to get from the master bedroom to the bathroom. In this project, the owners and I sought to solve that issue and we didn’t stop there. We took a fresh look at the entire floor plan.
In this renovation, we created an incredible master suite. The master bedroom now flows directly to a new master bathroom and a walk-in closet. When working in the French Quarter, it’s important to maintain the existing doors and windows. We had a historic door with blue glass that we were able to incorporate into the new master bathroom layout. The door is flanked by a deep soaking tub on one side and a pristine glass shower on the other. The shower glass is set directly on the marble floor tile which gives the illusion of a larger bathroom because the marble floor extends uninterrupted from wall to wall. For the marble floor, we used a black and white marble pattern that gives the feel of luxury. At the sink vanity, the custom cabinet maker built two sink drawer bases which we topped with a white marble counter. Kelly Wearstler sconces are mounted over the mirror to reflect light back into the space. This master bath was doubled in size and is one of the owner’s favorite spaces.
The kitchen also got a full gut renovation which is a huge improvement. We expanded the kitchen footprint by taking over the old bathroom space. The kitchen had an original fireplace that we incorporated in the new layout. Imagine preparing dinner at the kitchen island while watching Food Network on a frame television over a historic fireplace. Shotgun houses are just narrow enough that it is difficult to fit an island. In this kitchen, we did a custom 2’ x 7’ island that has base cabinets at each end with a kneewell for two counter stools in the middle. This serves as a great workspace. Trying to utilize every inch in this French Quarter project, we even consolidated appliances. Rather than doing a double oven and a microwave, we opted for a range and a speed oven. The speed oven can serve as both oven AND microwave. This cut down one appliance which left space for more cabinet storage. Where we had only 10 inches of depth between an original French door and a wall, we created a 10 inch deep liquor cabinet.
The tiniest room in this house packs a big punch. We wanted to create a new powder room but we needed to keep it as tiny as possible so as to not take space away from neighboring rooms. This room became one of my favorite rooms in the house, with Machine Volanti wallpaper, a Calcutta marble countertop, and a black Brizo faucet. Guests will love visiting this powder room.
This project successfully retained all of the historic architecture and while still achieving a reimagined floor plan that functions both beautifully and practically!
French Quarter, New Orleans
Full House Renovation – conversion of a double into a single