The front elevation reveals two exterior innovations by the architects. Firstly, most Baton Rouge roofs are clad in dark wooden shingles to obscure the mold that will grow in the hot humid climate. This house’s metal cladding prevents that growth from occurring while reflecting sunlight and cutting cooling bills. Additionally, a system of exterior ipe slats, with a rainscreen underneath, means the wood will absorb sunlight and keep the additions cool. The ipe will lighten overtime to better match the home’s grey exterior.  A Renovation Reconnects a House to its Louisiana Landscape by Zachary Edelson