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Finding a nearly century old bungalow with craftsman details in his hometown was a great opportunity for local architect Stephen P. Arceneaux to relocate to an up and coming area. “The purchase of the house was rather unexpected so there wasn’t much planning. I just winged it as the project progressed,” Stephen says.

Situated on a corner lot in downtown Thibodaux only blocks away from restaurants and shops, Stephen’s front porch is a frequent gathering space for friends and neighbors walking by.

“It is truly more like a family room where everyone seems to migrate when entertaining. The neighborhood is very active with walkers and is still very much traditional in the sense that neighbors porch visit, which is very nostalgic and good for the soul,” Stephen says with a smile.

Despite extensive renovations and four months of renovating in the spring of 2015, Stephen moved in. “There were no real obstacles surprisingly.  Everything went smoothly especially considering it was a renovation and you never know what you will uncover,” Stephen recalls.

A streamlined, eclectic vibe now resonates inside the nearly century old walls. A cohesive and neutral color palette throughout really allows the beautiful architectural details such as the original, refinished hard wood floors and the 6:1 window muntins to shine.

Seamlessly integrating new slate and marble flooring as well as white quartz countertops and a solid Carrera marble backsplash in the kitchen instantly updated the home. Unique lighting selections add to the character of the home both inside and out.

Photos by Misty Leigh McElroy