Pinto House


Covington, Louisiana


Chris & Rachel Pinto

Completion Date

February 2017


Sited within the owner’s self-pick Blueberry Farm, the Pinto House is located on the outskirts of Covington, La. On a high point of the site, it overlooks an existing pond and the blueberry fields. The house is compartmentalized into a series of programmatic pods. The pods are arranged along the axis of a water management system. Each of the pod roof forms, single slope/low slung metal roofs, stand opposing one another to direct the rainwater run-off into the management system and then out to the pond. The house utilizes a system of AAC (autoclaved aerated concrete) blocks and glue-laminated timbers as its primary structural support. The AAC serves as the insulation as well as the structure. The owners collaborated on designing and building the house by designing and fabricating the sliding barn doors, dining room table, and kitchen island. The ceilings and soffit are clad with salvaged heart pine from New Orleans.