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516 Hodges, The O’Quinn Home

516 HodgesThis beautifully crisp newly constructed home would have looked just as perfectly in place 100 years ago as it does today.

The style is American foursquare, a sturdy and popular style that had four main rooms on each floor linked with halls and stairs.

There are good examples in Lake Charles where a number of period era American foursquare homes were built using the pine and cypress harvested in the area and processed by Lake Charles sawmills. American foursquare homes provide great value, particularly when they have been customized in design by the family who resides in them. And this particular house is a gem of interesting, beautiful and useful design.

The gracious front porch provides a welcome to this home and provides additional living space outside.

The interior features a blend of updated technology, fresh surfaces and reclaimed heritage materials and the O’Quinn family has furnished with a great blend of family pieces and designer elements.

The central hall is flanked by front parlor and dining room and leads to the principal living space in the rear of the property. The light and open kitchen along with a comfortable family room with fireplace provides the principal living space for the young family.

Upstairs are the bedrooms, comfortable and well-designed to take advantage of tree-top views. The baths are gracious and upscale, and the closets are generous. The family had previously lived in older houses in this historic neighborhood and they valued the convenient location, the great community bonds, and the mature plantings that come only with vintage neighborhood.

Outside activities are part of the Southwest Louisiana plan-for-life and this home offers a treat with an open rear deck with a fireplace, a backyard big enough for family reunions, and even a period-style matching garage! The family chose to recreate a historic-looking home and garage with modern materials and processes.

By choosing to build on a vacant lot in the historic district, they wisely provided the best living environment for themselves. In the process, they helped to grow the neighborhood with “the right stuff” of historic choices in new construction.