Lowe's stores around the country are now selling Katrina cottages, which were designed after Hurricane Katrina to provide modestly priced, quick-to-build, attractive, dignified permanent housing.
Heretofore the cottages were available only at Lowe's in Louisiana and Mississippi to house those left homeless by the 2005 hurricane.
When the cottages were introduced at the International Builders Show in Orlando in 2006, there was immediate demand from those who wanted to build them as vacation cottages, in-law homes, rental units, guesthouses or permanent dwellings. But the cottages, designed by architect Marianne Cusato, were provided first to residents of the Gulf Coast left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. They were intended as an alternative to unattractive, dispiriting, temporary FEMA trailers.
Photos, renderings of 19 cottages and their floor plans are posted at lowes.com/loweskatrinacottage. They range in size from 308 square feet to 1,807 square feet. Six sets of the blueprints cost $700.
Plans and packages of building materials and components can be ordered online or at the commercial sales desks at Lowe's stores. Or call toll-free 1-866-714-5916.
The price for the package of plans plus materials will vary depending upon the cottage's size and style and the options the buyer selects, a spokeswoman for Lowe's said. The package does not include the foundation, heating and air-conditioning system, labor, finish work or homesite.