Big Easy Living

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July 1, 2009
Originally published in Modern Across America
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  A view of the Zimple Street house from the Mississippi River levee, designed by Byron Mouton and his colleague Don Gatzke.
    A view of the Zimple Street house from the Mississippi River levee, designed by Byron Mouton and his colleague Don Gatzke.
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  Byron Mouton and girlfriend, Julie Charvat watch the world go by, New Orleans style.
    Byron Mouton and girlfriend, Julie Charvat watch the world go by, New Orleans style.
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  In the living room, a coffee table adapted from old piano parts meets vintage red Alky chairs by Giancarlo Pirette for Castelli.
    In the living room, a coffee table adapted from old piano parts meets vintage red Alky chairs by Giancarlo Pirette for Castelli.
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  Custom furniture softens the house’s aesthetics, including a dining table by AXIS Millwork and Fabrications. Ceiling fan by Craftmade.
    Custom furniture softens the house’s aesthetics, including a dining table by AXIS Millwork and Fabrications. Ceiling fan by Craftmade.
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  Windows on the third floor frame views of the Mississippi River.
    Windows on the third floor frame views of the Mississippi River.
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  Charvat relaxes in the bedroom.
    Charvat relaxes in the bedroom.
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  Familiar building elements applied in unexpected ways and a strict rectilinear palette help unify the two building forms. The scale is just right for creating cozy outdoor rooms.
    Familiar building elements applied in unexpected ways and a strict rectilinear palette help unify the two building forms. The scale is just right for creating cozy outdoor rooms.
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  The ground-floor office is flooded with light from two sides.
    The ground-floor office is flooded with light from two sides.
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  Byron Mouton of Bild Design combined three distinct interior spaces on one oversized urban lot in New Orleans to create his own home. In the bathroom, unexpected materials, such as a cement board shower surround, were often cheaper and easier to install than more traditional ones. “We made design decisions based on what we knew was easily available,” Mouton recalls. “The trick was to assemble these materials to express qualities that aren’t normally evident.” Read the entire article here.
    Byron Mouton of Bild Design combined three distinct interior spaces on one oversized urban lot in New Orleans to create his own home. In the bathroom, unexpected materials, such as a cement board shower surround, were often cheaper and easier to install than more traditional ones. “We made design decisions based on what we knew was easily available,” Mouton recalls. “The trick was to assemble these materials to express qualities that aren’t normally evident.” Read the entire article here.
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  The living room of the tower transitions to a sizable balcony overlooking a private rear courtyard. As Gatzke notes, the design of the house emphasizes flexibility and 
evolution of uses for the three distinct spaces: “The ground-floor ‘bar’ unit could be 
internally connected to the studio apartment and upper floors, allowing it to be rented or combined as a larger single unit.”
    The living room of the tower transitions to a sizable balcony overlooking a private rear courtyard. As Gatzke notes, the design of the house emphasizes flexibility and evolution of uses for the three distinct spaces: “The ground-floor ‘bar’ unit could be internally connected to the studio apartment and upper floors, allowing it to be rented or combined as a larger single unit.”
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