Category: indoor-outdoor

24 Aug 2018
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ESTHER on AIA Home Tour

Esther at Clearwater is on the AIA Home Tour this fall in mid-September, so we hope we’ll see you there!  Our wonderful client has been living in the home for almost a year.  Final touches are rounding into shape, including some exterior details including new landscaping.

01 Apr 2018
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Easter at Clearwater

Easter at Clearwater is a bit cold and overcast, but client is excited about celebrating Easter 2018 with family and friends in her newly minted custom interior.  This project is the latest major renovation project that we have completed at Lake Clearwater.  Check out the project page for the story – we’ll be adding updates and project photography later in 2018 after the warm weather arrives and we are able to finish the exteriors.

21 Dec 2017
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Lake Michigan Cottage First in Series

We are excited about Lake Michigan Cottage currently in preliminary design.  This is one of a series of residential wooded + lakeside retreats  from southern Indiana to western Michigan that we have underway in design or construction.  This particular bridge-like concept touches the sloping site very lightly and capitalizes on the best views to Lake Michigan.  We are really enjoying the rigor/design exploration comparing how nature, program, and personality sculpts each project in a unique way.  We’ll be providing project stories in the near future, so please check back for updates!

11 Sep 2017
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Copperwood – New Modern House 1

We are happy to report that Copperwood – New Modern House 1 has weathered its first year of occupancy.   Our clients for this brand-new design/build project have lived in the home since October 2016 and we are looking forward to being featured on the AIA Indianapolis Home Tour in late September 2017.  It’s always great to see old friends and meet new ones at the show, so we hope you’ll stop by for a visit!  Check out the project page for the story.

01 Sep 2017
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Mid Mod Entry

Mid Mod Entry Wall frames entry and private moss garden in one move.  This Midcentury beauty has been completely enhanced inside and out.  Have a look at the project story here, and please visit later this year for planned fall 2017 photography!

25 May 2017
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New Modern House Meridian Hills

We were happy to have had the opportunity to help our interior design colleagues and their client solve their design dilemmas with a solid design concept for a New Modern House in Meridian Hills at the SW corner of 75th & Central.  It’s a great location and we wish them the best in the execution of the project.

03 May 2017
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Construction Progress

We have a lot of projects underway with construction progress to report.  This project, New Modern House 3 located in Chicago, is coming along slowly but surely.  Original cement board siding has been substituted with brick masonry which is currently in-progress.  The original color palette remains intact and the dark colored brick was a nice choice.  Please check back for new updates as we try to keep up with all the new project news!

 

25 Apr 2017
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New Modern Renovation Williams Creek

Another great design project is underway for this New Modern Renovation on property bordering Williams Creek.  It may as well be a new home, as we are keeping only 20% of the existing house, but working to reclaim as much material as possible, and also integrate as many sustainable design opportunities as is feasible since our client desires a net zero solution.  This property abuts Williams Creek but is actually in the Town of Meridian Hills.  We look forward to engaging the beautiful site to achieve dramatic views and outdoor space – this view is from the wooded hillside (woods and wildlife not shown) 🙂

08 Feb 2017
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Keep Chopping Wood

Keep on chopping wood at Copperwood – client living the dream taking advantage of a warm February day – little farmhouse in the distance.  Check out the latest updates to the project page here.

This project was designed by HAUS and built by WERK | Building Modern, our sister construction management company.  It is interesting to compare the projects we build versus the ones we do not build.  This project is one of the most successful realizations of Architect’s design intent of all of our recent projects.  Design concepts and alternatives along the way received the benefit of Architect daily oversight and clear communication at each step of the process, which is a major benefit of direct collaboration between Architect, trade contractors, and Owner.  Direct, clear communication by less parties may also translate into less time, less cost, and higher quality.

09 Dec 2016
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Slow Architecture

Slow Architecture – We are intrigued by this article about “Slow Philosophy – doing things at the right speed/pace” and how it may apply to architecture.  We are saving it here for future reference.  It’s true that American society always seems in a big rush, and we sometimes feel pressured to go faster and faster.  Is faster better, or is it better to savor the journey, not just the finish line?

Check it out here via DWELL

Slow Architecture - Therme Vals / Designed by architect Peter Zumthor
Slow Architecture – Therme Vals / Designed by architect Peter Zumthor

The Time, Cost, Quality trio is always a valuable thing to discuss with our clients.  Do they want it fast and cheap?  If yes, then the quality is going to be low.  Do they want high quality and a reasonable price?  Then time may be the sacrifice.  As with all design + construction projects, one needs to find the right balance of client priorities translated into the dream and then executed accordingly in built form.