The Glusman’s “Cathedral in the Woods”

After 33 years living in Baton Rouge, raising their 2 daughters, and maintaining successful careers the Glusmans decided to slow down in Madisonville for a while. 13 years later, their daughters had children and their desire to be near their girls continued to grow. They decided to make the move back to Baton Rouge and build a home that meets their needs and dreams for this new season of life. One of their daughters lives on a rural property in Central, Louisiana with room for the Glusmans to build their own home overlooking a pond. The opportunity was perfect, and they began to envision a “cottage in the woods, but with a big feel.”

Our Patterson team loved hearing their unique vision and dreams for their home and getting to work!

The Glusman’s are self-proclaimed “porch-people”, and prioritized being able to spend time outside surrounded by family and nature. Therefore, we designed a 700 square-foot wrap around porch overlooking the pond, partially screened and partially open. Another fun touch is the Aztec tongue and grooved decking.

residential building project - front porch
front porch

To accomplish the “big feel” they were hoping for, we worked with an architect to design a living and dining area with beautiful 20-foot cathedral ceilings and 12-foot ceilings throughout the rest of the home and porch.

residential building project - interior

These clients knew they wanted an Acadian style, but with bold eclectic treatments. The hope was that it would blend with the other house on the property, but also have its own bold flair- especially on the interior. We are thrilled with how it came to life! They took traditional pieces and made them unique with ideas like rotating square windows to install in a diamond position or using shiplap installed on the ceilings instead of the walls.

residential building project - exterior

One of the most notable design selections is the couple’s paint selections. They knew exactly what they wanted- passive grey on the walls, extra white on the cabinets and Tricorn Black accents on the doors and trim.

residential building project - kitchen

An unassuming notable design piece is the gorgeous bathroom. Gorgeous quartz countertops, a reclaimed pine vanity, glass sinks, brass fixtures, and ceiling height horizontal white tiles.

residential building project - bathroom

This project was full of details and customizations, and inevitably there were some changes in plans. But the Glusman’s reported that any potential hiccups “were worked through without any difficulty and excellent cooperation from both parties!” The home was completed on time and the Glusman’s are loving their Cathedral in the Woods.

If you’re considering a residential building project, Patterson Homes would love to work with you to make your unique hopes and wishes come to life. Whether you have plans in hand or are simply dreaming, Patterson Homes can help. Get in touch with us at or call (225) 270-1041.