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Student-designed, energy-efficient home to help revitalize neighborhood

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UL Lafayette architecture students designed and helped build a new home in Lafayette's historic Freetown neighborhood. The COURhouse, at 324 Jackson St., takes its name from its interior courtyard. (The French word "cour" means "courtyard.") It is listed at $190,000.

The 1,508-square-foot house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It features solar panels and energy-efficient appliances.

Its kitchen has a 16-foot vaulted ceiling and is connected to the central courtyard via a 10-foot by 7-foot roll-up glass door. The courtyard is also accessible through sliding doors in the living room and French doors in the master bedroom.

The student designers incorporated reclaimed cypress siding from an 1850s house in Arnaudville, La. The material, which was installed on the new home's front porch, was donated by Ken Simeral, a Lafayette real estate agent who has supported the Building Institute.

The COURhouse is the third structure created for the University's sustainable housing program. Advanced architecture students design and help build energy-efficient homes on vacant lots.

This home was designed by architecture students Barrett Bertrand, Nicholas Clesi, Abigail Comeau, Daniel Ferg, Liran Timianski, and Jennifer Young and was built by 25 students, in conjunction with J.C. Dugas Construction

Associates Inc. Its construction was a joint effort of the UL Lafayette Building Institute, Ragin' Cajun Facilities and the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority.

Requests for showings should be directed to Rebekka Miller, program coordinator for the LPTFA, at (337) 504-2314.

Event: Tour of COURhouse

Date: Saturday, Feb. 8

Time: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: 324 Jackson St.

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