The Handy Husbands



              This is the Exterior of the Chalon House

                      on Governor Nicholls Street

This is a large, very historically important Creole Cottage in the Treme.

It was built between 1820 & 1830 by Joseph Chalon, a prominent Free Man of Color

This house is unusual in that it it was always a single dwelling, where most Creole Cottages were built as doubles.This house was abandoned after Katrina & left to the elements for over two years.
Here we're showing the exterior repairs. Look later for the interior sequences


Busted windows, a rotting, improper front door, and badly damaged roof were the first things to address here. The brackets were also damaged and the soffet was rotted.

A new roof, repaired brackets and windows made a huge difference, The colorful paint scheme added the pop that was needed to make this old girl shine. At this point the stucco base still hasn't been painted.

The damaged, rotting & improper entry was removed. The entrance was reframed to it's original format using salvaged trim and shutters were constructed and installed to match the existing ones.

We enclosed the side yard with a seven board fence to make a nice, private courtyard. Both the den and master bedroom open onto it. Notice the shuttered window with the iron bars?           That one was a booger to get past the HDLC!

Inside the Courtyard

The buttercream yellow is carried inside the new courtyard. The bright turquoise from the shutters is tied with the coral accents of the brackets to make for a lively, bright & inviting space.

The shutters open outward when privacy isn't an issue and  a window box finished it off

Quite a change for the photo below isn't it??

Jefferson Project

This was an interesting make over for a double property. There was a small rental house built in the 50's and a larger, Craftsman Style main house.

The Rental was quick & simple. Other than a few rotted siding boards all it required was prep and paint to go from a sow's ear to a shining silk purse

 The main house was more a bit more problematic. Th house had been cladded at some point with asbestos siding and the owner wanted to bring it back as close to original as possible.

We were fortunate that when the asbestos was removed the original clap board siding was largely intact.

The prepwork was a bit tougher. The siding had left thousands of small nail holes in the siding that had to be filled & sanded. There were a few boards that needed to be replaced and the roof decking was rotted. Unfortunately the roofers has installed a new roof without replacing the rotted areas & the only way to replace them was to remove the new roof. The problem was solved by putting spacers between the roof joists and installing beaded board onto the spacers. That was a tedious undertaking but it solved two problems- one it sealed & protected the rotted boards from further damage and two, it gave a nice, clean surface to paint still preserving the integrity of the style. It's a bandaide but it will hold until a new roof is needed and properly installed and it saved the owners thousands.

After the prep was completed the house was painted the same palate as the smaller house but in reverse. The result was very dramatic & we're extremely pleased.