Updating a St. Charles Avenue Classic


Our architectural endeavor on St. Charles Avenue redefines a New Orleans classic, melding timeless design with contemporary elegance. Central to this renovation is the addition of a center hall staircase, creating a unifying axis that enhances flow and function across all three levels of the home. The design strategy focused on enlarging cased openings between rooms, ensuring seamless transitions while maintaining the integrity of each space. In the study, book-matched paneling in rich antique cypress exudes sophistication, reflecting our commitment to craftsmanship. We also prioritized clear circulation paths, allowing for an intuitive and unobstructed journey through the house. This clarity of movement is complemented by a built-in library in the hall leading to the primary suite, an embodiment of both luxury and practicality. The primary bathroom is a showcase of refinement, featuring herringbone tile that adds texture and visual interest.

The basement of the house proved to be the most challenging.  Restructuring of the ceiling structure was paramount due to the already low ceilings.  We wanted to expose some of the original structure while, at the same time, open up the spaces to feel more connected to the beautiful new backyard.  Enhancing the home’s distinctive character, pecky cypress doors adorn five closets and the entire exterior wall, marrying functionality with the unique charm inherent to this storied wood. The newly renovated 3 story house now preserves the original feeling of this center hall cottage yet opens up rooms and circulation to today’s way of life.

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