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Bayou Traditional

Lake Charles, Louisiana

THE ARCHITECTURAL CONCEPT FOR THIS HOME is tied to its location and the history and traditions of place. Between New Orleans and Houston, upriver from the Gulf of Mexico, sits historic Lake Charles, Louisiana. First settled in the late 19th century, the town flourished due to abundant forests of cypress and pine, as well as sawmills. By the 1890s, this prosperity led to the construction of fine homes, many of which still stand today in the Charpentier Historic District. Here, carpenters took on the role of architect and craftsman, showcasing their artistic and technical prowess through elaborate detailing, inside and out, executed with native pine.

This rich heritage provided ample inspiration for the design of this home in an emerging traditional neighborhood development that celebrates the heritage of Lake Charles and the Southwest Louisiana region. The clients, lifelong Louisianans, wanted to create a timeless home that would carry forth the traditional vernacular.

~ AIA Atlanta Residential Design Award ~
~ A. Hays Town Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art~
Interior Design: Carter Kay Interiors ~ Landscape Architecture: Hooten Land Design ~ Builder: Russell J. Stutes Construction ~ Photography: Emily J. Followill

THE CARRIAGE HOUSE combines various architectural elements common to the region including timber lintels, parapet walls, a cantilevered timber balcony and arched carriage house bays. On the opposite side of the auto court sits a cart garage inspired by a pigeonnier.

THE FRONT DOOR features an elliptical fanlight and sidelights.
Louvered enclosures on either end of the porch are inspired by the regional vernacular.

THE FRONT ENTRY HALL features a grand stair. Custom millwork profiles and wood-plank walls add a softening touch.


AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION AREA anchors one end of the room, its focal point a classical mantelpiece.

IN THE KITCHEN, a custom hood above the cooktop and furniture-quality cabinetry combine for a refined yet highly functional room.

TUCKED BEHIND THE KITCHEN is the morning room. Its masonry fireplace and cypress wood walls provide a warm and inviting space to enjoy the views of the bayou beyond.


A DEEP REAR PORCH, overlooking the bayou, connects the indoor and outdoor environments.