The Shotgun House
A Project of the Miletus
Architecture: Design, Materials, Style
Group, Inc. is committed to building real and lasting architecture.
This is a big statement, but really such a statement boils down to
a commitment to utilize quality design principles as well as quality materials and
craftsmanship. A simple concept, yet it remains an illusive reality
in most production housing.
our objectives, we have a design team that includes architects and
engineers whose expertise spans many disciplines. This expertise
includes residential design, New Orleans vernacular, urban design,
traditional building methods and modern building systems.
we bring this depth of knowledge to the design of a house? The
answer is, in a word, 'Quality'. Frank Lloyd Wright once quipped that
“The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only
advise his client to plant vines”. As this quote alludes, it is best
to get it right the first time. We do not believe that the
expediency of a post-Katrina environment should alter the New
Orleans cultural tradition of getting buildings right. We are
directing our energies to inserting our homes into a long and
honored timeline that is New Orleans’ long history of building
unique and special homes and places.
Group’s Shotgun House has all the outward characteristics of a traditional
shotgun. Inside, however, it has all the design, engineering and
comforts of a modern home.
Historic Shotgun House Plan
plan is a straightforward shotgun plan with large open living and
dining areas facing the street. The house incorporates a full size
kitchen and bathroom. An optional walkthrough room and a private bedroom
complete the plan. The home has nine-foot ceilings and tall windows
in classic New Orleans configurations. Interior finishes are fine
quality and include options for wood, tile and carpet floors. The
walls are painted gypsum board, and lighting and other details are
carefully considered and enhance the simple yet charming character
of this house type.
Miletus Group, Inc. Shotgun House Plan
of interior and exterior finishes are available. On the exterior,
durable and code compliant materials are used to provide for
longevity and survivability during strong wind events. The interior
can have a variety of finishes and depends on the buyer’s taste and
budget. At the buyer’s option, these homes can be fully outfitted
with all finishes and appliances.
Modular as an Urban Method
building methods in dense urban environments often result in a harsh and
intrusive process. The normal patterns of urban life can be
disturbed by increased traffic from job site workers, heavy
equipment, and the associated dust and noise. Implementing systems-built modular
construction in the urban realm removes a substantial amount of the
work normally done on a job site and places it within the controlled
environment of a factory. Work at the building site then becomes a much shorter
process of component assembly instead of a the long drawn out
process of traditional on-site construction. Using modular
construction makes the
interruption to urban life minimal and the time to occupancy rapid.
Architectural Style Options
These pages contain architectural drawings illustrating several
architectural styles that we have developed for this
project. These drawings are only samples of what is possible as the
Miletus Group’s Shotgun House is very flexible and can be customized
to a variety of styles and details.
and roofing samples shown here are a small sample of possible
exterior finishes. Most standard building products can be used. Many
more options are available.
Shotgun Style Sampler
The Shotgun Single
is based on the traditional narrow plan of the
historic Shotgun house. It has a front porch,
living room, dining room, large kitchen, two
bedrooms and one bathroom. Forced air heating
and air conditioning are included in
approximately 880 square feet of living space.
It is nearly 14 feet wide and is designed to fit
on lots as small as 20’x100’.
a part of the Shotgun family, we have included a
design for a classic Double Shotgun or Duplex
Shotgun. Each unit in the Double is identical to
the Single Shotgun. While both units of the
Double can be rentals, this unit type is
included in our project because it provides a
special opportunity to offset the costs of home
ownership by including secondary income property
in a single structure. This is a common housing
type found throughout New Orleans. Each unit in
this Double is approximately 880 square feet. It
is designed to fit on a as small as 34’x100’.
Expanding the basic Shotgun, this model includes
a ‘saddlebag’ like addition to the plan. It is a
larger home built of the same materials and
quality as the Single Shotgun. Also like the
Single Shotgun, it includes a living room,
dining room and kitchen. There are four
bedrooms, one of which is a master bedroom
suite. There are two bathrooms, a laundry/mud
room, and a front porch and screened back porch.
It is approximately 28 feet wide and provides
just under 1600 square feet of living space.
This home can be built-out all at once or the
addition can be added to the Single Shotgun
later. This completed home is designed to fit on
a 34’x100’ or larger lot.