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.
Shelton's team also made sure sustainability went hand-in-hand with affordability. The rainscreen double-wall system with Hardie Panels and the corrugated metal roof reflect sunlight and provide a less expensive, less maintence-intensive house, while strategically placed windows aid cross-ventilation and help cool the home during the humid summer months. The sloped roofs also empty into a rainwater collection system that feeds into the garden.