The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block

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May 4, 2009

Hybridization is hit or miss (i.e., the jackalope). But this Houston home combines two housing types to create a conscientious alternative.

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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.  Photo by: Misty Keasler
    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.

    Photo by: Misty Keasler

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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.  Photo by: Misty Keasler
    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.

    Photo by: Misty Keasler

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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.  Photo by: Misty Keasler
    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.

    Photo by: Misty Keasler

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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.  Photo by: Misty Keasler
    The Shot-Trot's two bathrooms are housed in eight-by-eight cubes that cantilever off the main space while maintaining the preordained grid.

    Photo by: Misty Keasler

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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.  Photo by: Misty Keasler
    One of the home's most luxurious elements, old-growth pine and red oak flooring, was salvaged from local tear-downs.

    Photo by: Misty Keasler

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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.  Photo by: Misty Keasler
    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.

    Photo by: Misty Keasler

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