The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block

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May 4, 2009
Originally published in Small Is the New Big
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  Brett Zamore calls the house he designed for David Kaplan the Shot-Trot because it fuses two regional housing types, the shotgun and the dogtrot.
    Brett Zamore calls the house he designed for David Kaplan the Shot-Trot because it fuses two regional housing types, the shotgun and the dogtrot.
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  Unlike the original shotguns, which featured cramped, interconnected rooms, Zamore opened up the space as much as possible. Large barn doors slide open on either side to increase ventilation.
    Unlike the original shotguns, which featured cramped, interconnected rooms, Zamore opened up the space as much as possible. Large barn doors slide open on either side to increase ventilation.
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  Kaplan and his dog Bella were able to splurge on a sofa from Ligne Roset after the house priced out at less that $100 per square foot.
    Kaplan and his dog Bella were able to splurge on a sofa from Ligne Roset after the house priced out at less that $100 per square foot.
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  The Shot-Trot's two bathrooms are housed in eight-by-eight cubes that cantilever off the main space while maintaining the preordained grid.
    The Shot-Trot's two bathrooms are housed in eight-by-eight cubes that cantilever off the main space while maintaining the preordained grid.
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  One of the home's most luxurious elements, old-growth pine and red oak flooring, was salvaged from local tear-downs.
    One of the home's most luxurious elements, old-growth pine and red oak flooring, was salvaged from local tear-downs.
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  Kaplan was the intended client from day one, but, as Zamore says, "He liked the idea of designing something that anyone could live in." Zamore is considering developing the Shot-Trot into a prefab kit.
    Kaplan was the intended client from day one, but, as Zamore says, "He liked the idea of designing something that anyone could live in." Zamore is considering developing the Shot-Trot into a prefab kit.
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