The COURhouse is the third market-rate, sustainable home in the UL Lafayette Building Institute’s Neighborhood Infill Program which was designed and built during the 2012-2013 school year. Its name comes from the home’s prominent feature, a centralized courtyard connecting the living room and kitchen to the outdoors, offering residents a sense of openness. The courtyard is accessible through a large 10’ x 7’ glass roll up door from the kitchen, two sliding glass doors from the living room, and French doors to the master bedroom. The front porch is wrapped in reclaimed cypress wood from an 1800’s home in Arnaudville, LA. Clerestory windows and sliding glass doors allow light to flood into the spacious living room and the kitchen’s 16’ vaulted ceilings. A large exposed beam runs through the living room extending out to the front porch and exposed rafters line the living room ceiling. The interior finishes give the home an industrial feel with concrete floors, custom concrete countertops, reclaimed corrugated metal, and steel angle backsplashes. Sustainability features of the home include a 4 kw PV panel system on the roof, an instantaneous gas heater, advanced wood framing, and energy efficient appliances. It was designed according to LEED Silver criteria.
Design-bid-build (Students designed the project, produced construction drawings, bid the project, and worked with a contractor to build the home) 55% students and 45% contractors/subcontractors.
1,508 sf interior, 600 sf of covered porches
$170,000 (w/o land)
August 2012 to May 2013 = 260 days
Jun 2013 to January 2014 = 290 days
Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority (Financing)
Ragin’ Cajun Facilities Inc. (Owner)
W. Geoff Gjertson, AIA, Professor
Construction Associates (Contractor)
LA Solar Solutions
(+ 20 other students during construction)