Katrina Cottage raises standards for affordable Mississippi housing

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The cute, cozy proposed alternative to the Federal Emergency Management Agency hurricane relief trailer along the Mississippi Gulf Coast could also be a huge boon to the second home and retirement home markets around the country. Representatives from the Mississippi rebuilding effort have begun a huge recruiting effort to bring builders, suppliers, interior designers, developers and architects to the state's 11 coastal communities to help put its hurricane-devastated coastline back together. "August 29 changed our state and it changed our lives," said Marty Milstead, executive officer of the Home Builders Association of Mississippi. "It's nice to stop tearing stuff down and start rebuilding back up." Perhaps the most talked about element in the campaign is the Katrina Cottage. It is a 300-plus-square-foot permanent, expandable residence with a front porch, fiber-cement siding, steeply sloped 5-V crimp metal roof and creative interior space planning that allows four people to...