Make It Right, founded by Brad Pitt to build sustainable homes for communities in need, is proud to announce the completion of the organization’s first home by renowned architect Frank Gehry. Gehry’s duplex design was completed this week in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, the neighborhood most devastated by Hurricane Katrina. This home is one of only 22 Gehry residences in the United States and the only Gehry home in Louisiana.
“I really believe in what Brad is doing for the community and was honored to be included,” said Frank Gehry. “I wanted to make a house that I would like to live in and one that responded to the history, vernacular and climate of New Orleans. I love the colors that the homeowner chose. I could not have done it better.”
Design features of the 1,780 square foot home include: front-to-back duplex organization allowing for maximum privacy between the homes, better flow of the interior spaces and a well-proportioned yard for each house; a waterproof solar canopy on the 510 square foot roof terrace and six additional canopied porches; open interior and exterior staircases; and oversized windows in the bedrooms.
The front house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms; the rear home has one bedroom and one bathroom. Bathrooms on both levels are stacked, staircases are stacked and the great room concept for living, dining and kitchen were included in the design for construction efficiency.
Here are some of the sustainable features of the Gehry home:
Legacy Cabinets use sustainably harvested wood and environmentally friendly production methods. www.legacycabinetsllc.com
ECO by Cosentino countertops and surfacing material are composed of 75% recycled raw material, including glass, mirror, porcelain and a corn oil resin. www.ecobycosentino.com.
Shaw EPIC Laminate Hardwood’s inner layer is made from post-industrial recycled content and uses approximately 50 percent less newly harvested wood than conventional alternatives. The wood flooring color is Wheel Wright Hickory.
Shaw Green Edge carpet is made from post-consumer nylon and can be recycled into new carpet at the end of its lifecycle. The carpet color used throughout the home is Biscuit. www.shawfloors.com
Benjamin Moore’s Natura and Aura paints have zero VOCs and help create better air quality by eliminating off-gassing.
The exterior paint colors are Teacup Rose and Lily Lilac with Brilliant White trim. The interior colors of front home are Berber White, Manor Blue, Glowing Apricot and Sweet Daphne. The interior colors of the rear home are Roasted Sesame Seed, Kansas Grain and Manor Blue. www.benjaminmoore.com
Lumos LSX frameless solar modules produce clean energy from the sun and double as a waterproof canopy to provide shade on the two rooftop terraces. www.lumossolar.com
NICHIHA fiber cement board siding from Norandex is designed to last 50 years and withstand cracks, rot, hail damage and termites.
ECOBLU wood, used in framing the home, is treated to resist moisture, mold, fungus, wood rot and wood-ingesting insects, including Formosan termites. www.ecob.net
26 gauge metal roofs used on the lower porches absorb less heat, reduce the need to cool a home by at least 20 percent and require minimal maintenance. custombiltmetals.com
Unico System is a small-duct central heating and air conditioning system that utilizes compact, modular air handlers and flexible tubing to heat or cool the home. Unico System is 1/3 the size of conventional HVAC systems and can fit into smaller spaces, saving both material and labor costs. www.unicosystem.com
Tankless Water Heater
Noritz tankless water heaters heat water instantaneously and are at least 80 percent more energy efficient than conventional heaters, reducing the homeowner’s annual water heating cost by about 50 percent. www.noritz.com