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28 Mar 2016
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Midcentury Modern Renovation 2

We are happy to report that Midcentury Modern Renovation, buried in the woods adjacent to Williams Creek and Meridian Hills,  is now complete!  As a result, we would like to thank an excellent team that that helped make the vision a successful reality.  Above all, thanks to our MCM-fanatic clients for another chance to work together, this time to help create the dream-home they have sought-out for years.

Media Links:

Dezeen Magazine: Haus overhauls midcentury modern home in the Indiana woods

Mod-Abode.com: Mid-Mod Makover

Dezeen Magazine – Five of the best houses in Indiana on Dezeen

Curbed Article: 1950s Home Gets Contemporary Overhaul in Indiana

Great Lakes By Design:  Recaptured Modern (see print edition)

Great Lakes By DESIGN - Volume 2 Issue 4 - Cover - Midcentury Modern Renovation - 81st Street - Indianapolis, Christopher Short, Architect, HAUS Architecture
Great Lakes By Design (Cover) – Volume 2 Issue 4

Living Magazine:  A House in the Woods

Living Magazine Cover - 2018-October - Midcentury Modern Renovation - 81st Street - Indianapolis, Christopher Short, Architect, HAUS Architecture
Living Magazine (Cover) – 2018-Oct

 


Project Info – Midcentury Modern Renovation

Architecture:  HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles (Chris Short + Derek Mills)
Interior Architecture:  HAUS with Design Studio Vriesman (Tom Vriesman)
Construction:  Wrightworks (Christopher Wright)
Landscape Architecture: A2 Design (Eric Anderson)
Photography: HAUS


Process – Design Process

Before Photos

We will be uploading more “before” photos in the near future, so please check-back for updates.

The questions with many residential renovation projects is, “how far do we want to take this?”  “Will it be like a new home?”  “Is it easier and less expensive to just build new?”  “Or is it better to rebuild to our specifications in this desirable location?”.  We discussed all of these questions and more during the design stage.  Ultimately, our client had committed to purchasing the property prior to engaging with the design team.  So when we engaged the design phase, we reviewed big-picture design options focused around client’s thoughtful list of prioritized goals.  And by all means, we didn’t hold back too much in the brainstorming phase.  However, we kept the best ideas addressing priorities and budget while down-scaling some of the negotiables.

Before Exterior Photograph - Midcentury Modern Renovation - 81st Street - Indianapolis, Christopher Short, Architect, HAUS Architecture
Before Exterior Photograph – Midcentury Modern Renovation – 81st Street, Indianapolis

Here below is the project site plan.  Please check back, as we will plan to share more of the design process, including a few big ideas and concepts.

Site Plan - Midcentury Modern Renovation - 81st Street - Indianapolis, Christopher Short, Architect, HAUS Architecture
Site Plan – Midcentury Modern Renovation – 81st Street – Indianapolis
Building Section - Midcentury Modern Renovation - 81st Street - Indianapolis, Christopher Short, Architect, HAUS Architecture
Building Section – Midcentury Modern Renovation – 81st Street – Indianapolis

 

Construction Progress – Midcentury Modern Renovation

Demo + New Framing

Construction kicked-off in summer 2016 and subsequently, the project achieved substantial completion by mid-2017.

This Bill Wright original design stood as a time-capsule from the 1960s, until now experiencing only minor alterations from the original build that originated in 1959.  Prior to our involvement, most of the original finishes and materials remained untouched, if showing the wear of the prior five decades.  While existing cork floors, custom wood built-ins, galley kitchen, and floor-to ceiling windows remained in fair condition, original Redwood siding was compromised with insects and woodpeckers.  Furthermore, the surrounding landscape was overgrown and encroaching on the house, and previous owners had sold-off portions of what was originally a larger plot.

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View from the Woods – New Screened Porch Slab Installed – Midcentury Modern Renovation, Indianapolis (early summer 2016)

As with many homes from prior decades and even this Midcentury gem, we decided to open the space more to maximize views, light, and family engagement.  To that end, our solution included the incorporation of new steel structure concealed inside the pre-existing roof structure.  Equally important, the LVL supporting the steel beam in the window-wall beyond enables maximum glazing and natural light for the open-concept kitchen.  Without a doubt, opening the kitchen to the main living space will be a major enhancement.

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New Steel Beam Installed in Kitchen-Living Area – Midcentury Modern Renovation, Indianapolis (Summer 2016)

Screened Porch Addition

As with many older buildings, the roof and structure needed some attention.  But first, we needed to extend and cantilever the original roof structure to shelter the new screened porch.  To that end, we were able to achieve the extension with 2×10 joists matching original structure, cantilevering them over new steel beams/columns, designed to be exposed.  Exposed steel was a pre-existing motif from the original house at main entrance, so as seen below, we continue that modern motif in the screened porch extension.

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Extended Porch Roof Framed + Window Installations – Midcentury Modern Renovation, Indianapolis (Summer 2016)

 

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Porch Roof Framed + Window Installations – Midcentury Modern Renovation, Indianapolis (Summer 2016)

 

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New Porch Roof Framed + Window Installations – Midcentury Modern Renovation, Indianapolis (Summer 2016)

 

Roof

In this south view of the porch extension below, we can see an increase in the roof-edge thickness.  This additional thickness is for the purpose of supporting a complete re-roof, enabling repairs to deck, allowing for proper roof-slope to drains, and adding a minimum R-24 insulation above the roof deck.  With proper design, roofs don’t require ventilation, which can be more efficient than ventilated roofs.  To that end, we have found that many in the construction industry don’t understand the basic building science behind non-ventilated roofs, particularly as it relates to moisture management.  So if you are investing in residential or commercial renovation or new construction, please be sure you are working with qualified professionals.

Midcentury Modern Renovation 2 - Porch Roof Extension - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture
Porch Roof Extension – Midcentury Modern Renovation, Indianapolis (Sept 2016)

 

Site

Accordingly, the site or location is often the primary reason to purchase a property.  Undeniably in this case, both site and house were inspirations, as this property affords beauty, privacy, and enough natural light in and around the Midcentury dwelling.

Midcentury Modern Renovation 2 - view from screened porch
View from screened porch – Midcentury Modern Renovation, Indianapolis (Sept 2016)

Rough-ins

The construction team removed all interior finishes down to slab and studs.  Likewise, they saw-cut and patched concrete slabs for plumbing and modified roof structure to achieve open-concept and achieve more interior natural light.  Also, we infilled the original main entry porch to create the “Everything Room” and a conditioned entry between Garage, Mudroom, and house.  In contrast, the team elected to maintain the existing masonry fireplace and chimney, with only upgrades to the floating cast-in-place hearth slab.

Midcentury Modern Renovation 2 - Kitchen Area Progress
Kitchen Area Progress – Midcentury Modern Renovation (Sept 2016)

 

Midcentury Modern Renovation 2 - February 2017 Exterior
Exterior Progress – screened porch framing and fascias/soffits nearing completion – Midcentury Modern Renovation, Indianapolis (Feb 2017)

 

Midcentury Modern Renovation 2 - Screened Porch View
Screened Porch View – Cedar framing installations underway – Midcentury Modern Renovation (Feb 2017)

 

Midcentury Modern Renovation 2 - Ceiling Fireplace Collar Detail
Ceiling Fireplace Collar Detail @screened porch – Midcentury Modern Renovation (Feb 2017)

 

Midcentury Modern Renovation 2 - Entry Skylight
Entry Skylight (Feb 2017)

Interior Finishes

Midcentury Modern Renovation 2 - Interior Progress (Living Dining Kitchen)
Interior Progress – Living Dining Kitchen (Feb 2017)

 

Midcentury Modern Renovation 2 - Walnut Veneer Closet Panels - Finishing
Walnut Veneer Closet Panels – Finishing (Feb 2017)

 

Midcentury Modern Renovation 2 - Master Closet Installation
Master Closet Installation (Feb 2017)

 

Midcentury Modern Renovation 2 - Master Vanity Installation
Master Vanity Installation (Feb 2017)

Custom Built-ins

This Midcentury closet detail below is one of many refined retro-modern features at Midcentury Modern Renovation 2.  Hence, the team incorporated book-matched Walnut veneer millwork at Entry, Kitchen, Bedrooms, Vanities, and TV Room to continue this timeless, Midcentury vibe.  Spring has sprung and Owner has moved-into the project even while mostly exterior work continues forward.

Midcentury Closet Detail
Midcentury Closet Detail (Spring 2017)

Hard and soft-scaping continues outside, and we are particularly eager to see installation of final exterior finishes.  As one can see, we have maximized exterior windows to capitalize on the scenic panorama.

Midcentury Modern Renovation 2 - Exterior Progress
Exterior Progress (Spring 2017)

Landscape

Midcentury Modern Renovation 2 - Inside Out Entry Wall
Inside Out Entry Wall (Spring 2017)

Privacy walls are a predominant motif in Midcentury Modern Architecture, and so we utilized a screenwall to achieve multiple project goals in one move.  For instance, the entry wall (see photos above and below) serves multiple purposes:  one, to frame entry court with material continuing outside to inside, and two, to frame a private outside courtyard.  This allows larger bedroom openings to maximize south light while achieving both privacy and security.  One move, multiple benefits.

Midcentury Modern Renovation 2 - Inside Out Entry Wall Become Privacy Fence
Inside-Out Entry Wall Become Privacy Fence (Spring 2017)

 

Midcentury Modern Renovation 2 - Private Moss Garden - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture (A2 Design)
Private Moss Garden (late Summer 2017)

 

Midcentury Modern Renovation 2 - Outside In Entry Wall - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture (A2 Design)
Outside-In Entry Wall (late Summer 2017)

 

Midcentury Modern Renovation 2 - Outside In Entry Wall - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture (A2 Design)
Outside In Entry Wall (late Summer 2017)

Details

Playful child bedroom with colorful cubbies and wall storage, complete with world map and reading books, Natural wide plank white oak flooring, plush area rug, Midcentury Modern Renovation - 81st Street - Indianapolis, Christopher Short, Architect, HAUS Architecture, Jamie Sangar Photography
Playful child bedroom with colorful cubbies, Jamie Sangar Photography (October 2017)

 

Original Mid Mod Fireplace, modern furniture, large red area rugs, custom artwork, retro furnishings, inside out brick wall, exposed brick, leather side chairs, linen sofa, wide plank oak flooring, Walnut kitchen cabinets, Quartz tops grey, ceramic artwork, orange teapot, stainless steel range hood, kitchen skylight, Saarinen bench, Saarinen wine cart, pendant dining lights, custom Walnut live edge dining table, Eames shell chairs, floor to ceiling window wall, wooded site - Midcentury Modern Renovation - 81st Street - Indianapolis, Christopher Short, Architect, HAUS Architecture, Jamie Sangar Photography
Dining space looking out to the woods, Jamie Sangar Photography (October 2017)

As shown below, skylights add a nice touch to the middle hallway and other spaces that don’t benefit from exterior windows.  These two skylights openings were original to the house, and in this case, we upgraded to new units.

Daylighting with skylights creates even light in hallway, wide plank white oak flooring, art on clean, white walls with minimal trims, - Midcentury Modern Renovation - 81st Street - Indianapolis, Christopher Short, Architect, HAUS Architecture, Jamie Sangar Photography
Daylight pours into the hall, Jamie Sangar Photography (October 2017)

 

Foyer greetings from custom art and furniture, grey slate entry floor tile, colorful, red area rug - Midcentury Modern Renovation - 81st Street - Indianapolis, Christopher Short, Architect, HAUS Architecture, Jamie Sangar Photography
Foyer art greets guests, Jamie Sangar Photography (October 2017)

 

Original Mid Mod Fireplace, raised concrete hearth, modern furniture, large red area rugs, custom artwork, retro furnishings, inside out brick wall, exposed brick, leather side chairs, linen sofa, flokate pillow, wide plank oak flooring - Midcentury Modern Renovation - 81st Street - Indianapolis, Christopher Short, Architect, HAUS Architecture, Jamie Sangar Photography
Modern furniture with clean lines, Jamie Sangar Photography (October 2017)

 

Original Mid Mod Fireplace, raised concrete hearth, modern furniture, large red area rugs, custom artwork, retro furnishings, inside out brick wall, exposed brick, leather side chairs, linen sofa, flokate pillow, wide plank oak flooring - Midcentury Modern Renovation - 81st Street - Indianapolis, Christopher Short, Architect, HAUS Architecture, Jamie Sangar Photography
Furniture details, Jamie Sangar Photography (October 2017)

 

Master Spa Bathroom, Walnut vanity, quartz top, subway tile shower, teak shower floor, custom tile niche, full height Walnut master closet doors, bathroom skylight, slate tile flooring, hidden pocket door, clear glass shower enclosure - Midcentury Modern Renovation - 81st Street - Indianapolis, Christopher Short, Architect, HAUS Architecture, Jamie Sangar Photography
Custom niche foot rest, Jamie Sangar Photography (October 2017)

Haus midcentury modern  renovation in the Indiana woods

by Jenna McKnight (Dezeen) 6 February 2018

New exterior cladding, a moss garden and a multipurpose room are among the updates to a 1950s residence in the American Midwest revamped by design studio Haus.

The project, called Midcentury Modern Renovation, is situated on a wooded property in Indianapolis encompassing just under an acre.  The surrounding area is known for the presence of several exemplary Midcentury modern dwellings built in the 1950s and 1960s.  The clients purchased the midcentury modern home – built in 1956 and designed by Bill Wright of the Indiana firm Vonnegut, Wright, and Porteous – in 2015, after leaving a note for the owner expressing an interest in buying the property if it became available.  “A few years later, the call and opportunity finally arose,” said Haus, a local architecture studio.

The three-bedroom home had remained unchanged over the decades with the exception of minor renovations in 1967 by the original owner, who lived there until 2013.   The client charged the architects with enlarging and renovating the low-slung dwelling shaded by mature trees.  “Having worked with this client on their previous mid-mod renovation project in 2011, we were excited about the prospect of working with them again on something more comprehensive,” said Haus.

The clients presented the team with a list of goals and priorities.  The initial planning process included Haus, an interior designer and the owners, who together conceived various options for the 2,260-square-foot (210-square-metre) dwelling, which was in dire need of repairs.

Exterior

Woodpeckers and insects had damaged the original redwood siding, and the home’s flat roof required significant upgrades.  The interior also called for an overhaul.  “This house needed everything,” said the architects.  “The wooded site and location in the city was excellent, but the house was 60 years old with mostly original finishes and fixtures, including original cork floors, and excellent examples of custom wood built-ins that didn’t fit the new vision for refurbishment.”

Sitting atop a concrete foundation, the wood-framed home was re-clad in vertical-groove, poly-ash siding with a smooth finish.  Strips of cedar with an ebony stain were used for the entrance area and a dog run.  The team installed a new membrane roof that channels stormwater to “rain chains” on the side of the home.  Owner and Architect retained and refurbished existing roof overhangs.  Haus revamped the main entrance, adding an “inside-out entry wall” that frames the entry sequence and a garden.  The same-style wall fronts the bedroom wing, helping provide privacy and security while still allowing natural light to pass through large windows.

Interior

Inside, the team made a series of modifications.  The entrance features slate tile flooring and a wooden wall that mimics the exterior cladding.  The client specifically requested a new flexible area – dubbed the “everything room” – which the team added just off the foyer and serves as a mudroom, dog area, laundry room and a crafting workspace.  In total, the team added 340 square feet (32 square metres) of space to the residence.

The open-plan living room features an original brick fireplace with a cantilevered concrete hearth.  The team fitted the room with wood flooring, white walls and an eclectic mix of decor.  Similarly, the kitchen and bedrooms feature a range of motifs and materials.  “A mix of period and more modern furnishings pair nicely with the interior finishes, lighting and fixtures to achieve a re-imagined interior respectful of the home’s roots and reflective of the owners’ aesthetic and lifestyle,” the team said.

Throughout the residence, floor-to-ceiling glass provides unobstructed views of the verdant lawn and surrounding woods.  A screened porch with a black stove serves as a sheltered area for relaxing and feeling connected to the outdoors.  The team also modified the landscape around the dwelling.  Owner strategically cleared trees and underbrush to allow more natural light into the home, and modern hardscaping and vegetation, including a moss garden, help “articulate the indoor-outdoor connections”.

 

19 Feb 2017
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Modern Lakehouse

Modern Lakehouse revitalization at Lake Clearwater in Indianapolis is now complete!  This neighborhood, originally established in 1980s, has been undergoing a wave of substantial property improvements for the last several years.  Certainly, it benefits from lakefront property in an area with some of the best restaurants and shopping in Indiana.

This project marks our third project in the neighborhood and second Clearwater design-build effort in 4 years.  We really appreciate having another opportunity to work with this particular client, who is one of our all-time faves.  Sometimes a team dynamic is spot-on, and it’s easy to get excited about going above-and-beyond for people that share our enthusiasm for a creative design process.  Fittingly, our client started the process by affectionately named the project, “Esther”.

 


Project Info – Modern Lakehouse Clearwater:

Architecture/Interior Design/Renderings/Photography:  HAUS | Architecture + Client
Construction Management:  WERK | Building Modern
Featured:  2018 AIA Home Tour


Media Links:

AIA selected Esther to be on the AIA Home Tour in September 2018, and we enjoyed seeing so many of our friends, colleagues, and clients on the tour!  Here below are some media links featuring Esther.

HAVEN Magazine:  A Modern Revival – HAUS and Franklin Window & Door collaborate on Lakehouse

 

Design Process – Modern Lakehouse

Background

Previous owners had renovated the property several years ago, but it was time again for something fitting for “Esther”.  So as one would expect, “Esther” wanted to include favorite features from Adagio that we helped design in 2010-2012.  The question was how far would we be able to take the design with required approvals from the HOA.

Design Concept

The design concept simplifies and highlights the existing structure with elementary expressions at entry, main living spaces, and lakeside maximizing south light and panoramic lakeside views.  We eliminated some of the original design complexities for a streamlined solution capitalizing on the simple open-concept gable form and structure.  Entry, Kitchen, Home Office, Dining Area, and Master Suite are all completely remodeled.

Highlights include a white oak ceiling, porcelain tile floor, custom cabinetry, refined trim carpentry, zinc standing seam roof, all new windows, and new exterior cladding.  Our initial goal was to go darker on the exterior colors, but HOA-approved exterior color palette leans lighter.  We may re-open the exterior color discussion again a bit later (see if we can go dark grey).  Update:  Architect originally felt that a darker exterior paint scheme was the way-to-go, but Owner encouraged a lighter color for a better neighborhood fit.  It looks great with the lighter color (Judy, you were right again).

Passive Solar

In the rendering below, you can see a hint of the large south-facing window wall popping-up above the roofline.  We simply wanted to grab some natural light into the main living space.  This move became one of the main features inside and out.

Modern Lakehouse - Clearwater - Aerial View - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture
Modern Lakehouse – Clearwater – Aerial View

Context

This project was a fun opportunity to fit-in but add a level of refinement to this 1980s development.  The HOA is made-up of open-minded individuals who were okay stepping-out of the box a little-bit.  Some previous projects had integrated standing-seam roofs in accent-entry areas only.  They entertained the idea of a zinc-clad standing-seam roof for this project pending samples and exterior paint finish review.

We proposed horizontal lap siding in keeping with the norm.  However, instead of rough cedar lap, a smooth flush shiplap with reveal joints achieved the look.

Modern Lakehouse - Clearwater - Front Elevation - HAUS Architecture
Modern Lakehouse – Clearwater – Front Elevation

Entry

The entry concept below cleans-up the original inarticulate, busy, nondescript entry with the most simple extension of the existing roof structure.  New front doors/windows face the street and include clear glazing to see directly-in, with foyer gallery wall providing visual privacy into the actual living spaces.  The new garden privacy gate continues material and detail complimenting the new glass and aluminum overhead door.

Modern Lakehouse - Clearwater - Front Door, Derek Mills, HAUS Architecture
Front Entry Concept (Rendering) – Modern Lakehouse – Clearwater

Interior

As with exterior, interior is a simple expression of pre-existing roof structure, and highlights views with completely new glazing.  In the interests of budget and preserving the view, we were able to maintain but reclad the original fireplace.  Also, we have an integrated lighting system highlighting the architectural features to achieve an overall controlled, layered ambiance.

Modern Lakehouse - Clearwater - Interior Living (looking west) - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture
Interior Living from Entry (Rendering) – Modern Lakehouse – Clearwater

 

Details

This image below is one of our favorite vantage-points in the space, as it highlights the south-facing window-wall anchoring kitchen.  We finished-off the concept by finishing window, back counter/cabinet, and appliances in black.  Then the 13-foot long island floats forward in a lighter tone, integrating with wood ceiling, adjacent white cabinets, and flooring.  The slatwall to the upper left (photo below) is a creative way to hide the return-air grill for the HVAC.

Later during the construction process, we refined the stair guardrails to follow the same slatwall detail for continuity and simplification.  At this time, we were considering linear pin-lights hanging over the kitchen island.  Instead, we shifted to simple 2″ can-lights over the island, and added a glass chandelier at dining table.  It had to be either-or, because pendant lights in each location could have gotten cluttered visually.  Good call by Judy once again.

Modern Lakehouse - Clearwater - Interior Living (looking south) - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture
Interior Living Space viewed from Master Suite Entry (Rendering) – Modern Lakehouse – Clearwater

Our client has great taste, so we get to benefit from her overall orchestration of interior fixtures and furnishings.  The large custom art-piece indicated on the wall to the far left was taken from previous residence (photo below).  As you can see, we have thought-through most of the interior design elements before construction has begun.  More decisions up-front usually reduce stress-level and improve overall chances at project success.

Modern Lakehouse - Clearwater - Interior Living/Kitchen - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture
Interior Living/Kitchen (Rendering) – Modern Lakehouse – Clearwater

Budget Planning

From the lakeside, we looked at what impactful changes we could make within budget.  The scope of this project focused primarily on the main level, with only minor cosmetic touches on the lower level.  You can see below how the new glazing and lighted space presents from the lake.  Bedroom to the left originally included glass transom and vaulted ceilings, but these enhancements were simplified during budgeting process.

Design concepts can work at various budgets, and your Architect is the go-to resource to advise on value-engineering decisions.  In the case of this project, the Architect was also the Construction Manager (via WERK | Building Modern), which streamlines the process even more.

Modern Lakehouse - Clearwater - Lakeside Dawn - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture

Lakeside View from Dock (Rendering) – Modern Lakehouse – Clearwater

Construction Process – Modern Lakehouse

“Before” Conditions

Please check-back, as we will add some before shots showing where we began with this property.

Demolition and Structural

We love breaking it open and getting to work.  This photo below shows the framing stage after framers cleaned-out the space and blocked-in openings for winter until receiving windows.  On the west-wall to the right, we added steel structure where needed to support the wind-loads and wall spans.  Furthermore, we modified existing trusses with structural engineer design-assistance.

It’s really important to get a structural engineer involved when opening-up walls and ceilings.  The reason is, some of these elements could be important for the stability of the structure.  To the far left we can begin to see how the new south-facing dormer scales in the space.

Modern Lakehouse - Rough Carpentry
Modern Lakehouse – Rough Carpentry

Here is a good shot of the new window wall/dormer (looking SSE toward direction of main entry).  Entry is through the framed kitchen wall, with this wall providing privacy from new front entry to main living space.

Modern Lakehouse - Rough Carpentry
Rough Carpentry

The construction of the project started in late fall-early winter 2016.  It looks like it was snowing this day (view from dock below).

Modern Lakehouse - Winter Dock View
Winter Dock View

Window Installation

Windows arrived and we got to live the open views to lake and let sunlight help warm the space.  From a scale standpoint, the interior feels as expected, but always end-up looking better in real life.

Modern Lakehouse Clearwater - New Window Installations
New Window Installations

We love this window wall and think it’s going to be money.

Modern Lakehouse Clearwater - Kitchen Window Detail
Kitchen Window Detail

Here’s a lakeside view when window installations were underway.  We worked with Franklin Window & Door on the acquisition and installation of Marvin Ultimate Series windows for this project.  Having worked on a few properties, we know how lakeside winds and moisture can affect windows, doors, and siding.  This is why we pay strict attention to the design and installation of these walls especially.  An excellent glazing product that manages water is important, as is the proper installation of flashings and sill pans.  For this project, we also integrated a drainage plane (rainscreen) behind the siding that weeps water out of wall cavity.

Modern Lakehouse - Window Installation
Window Installation

We designed and installed all new windows on lakeside while maintaining stone chimney, rooflines, and deck structure.  Furthermore, we were able to achieve some minor enhancements to the decks, but had to maintain the existing 45-degree angles to maintain views from adjacent properties.  Happily, we were able to install prefabricated cable-rail systems to replace the outdated wood guards.

Modern Lakehouse - Window Installation
Window Installation

Custom Mill

Derek Mills (HAUS + WERK) worked as the project architect and also the construction manager for this project beginning-to-end.  Here in the photo below, Derek is meeting with lumber supplier to discuss options for wood ceiling material.  This lumber supplier also was helpful in brainstorming our options for the shiplap siding and then milling to our specifications.

Modern Lakehouse - White Oak Ceiling Samples, Derek Mills, WERK Building Modern, HAUS Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Modern Lakehouse – White Oak Ceiling Samples, Derek Mills

White oak is a great, timeless, beautiful material.  Here below, the ceiling material is stacked on-site after milling and delivery.  We were also able to utilize extra materials for the mirror accent wall in the Powder Room (see finish photos).

Modern Lakehouse Lake Clearwater Indianapolis - White Oak Ceiling Material Delivery, Derek Mills, WERK Building Modern, HAUS Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
White Oak Ceiling Material Delivery (for ceilings and door casings)

We take pride in overall vision, but also details, because they cannot exist independently for best outcomes.  Architect as Construction Manager enables better communication, streamlining the successful detailing and implementation of details like the image below.  The proportions of materials, how materials intersect or abut … the design team needs to decide on every detail.  Up-front, we define what is important to our client.  For this project, a level of design sophistication and construction follow-through was important.

White Oak Casing Details and Porcelain Tile Floor - Modern Lakehouse Lake Clearwater Indianapolis - Derek Mills, WERK Building Modern, HAUS Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
White Oak Casing Details and Porcelain Tile Floor

Custom Cabinetry

It was really exciting to see the white oak ceiling and the kitchen cabinetry going-in because we had tested so many design options.  We really enjoy leading projects from idea to implementation, especially with clients who are fun to work with.  Seeing ideas progress into built-form successfully is icing on the cake, really.

Custom Kitchen Island Construction - Cabinetry Green - John Hartman - Modern Lakehouse Lake Clearwater Indianapolis - Derek Mills, WERK Building Modern, HAUS Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Custom Kitchen Island Construction

Here below is the Poplar slatwall guardrailing system that we changed to compliment  the hidden HVAC return-air grill detail.  The trim carpentry work on this project is impeccable, as we have worked with this trade contractor for years on high-level projects.  We can’t mention their name, because we need their availability on our projects, :).

Poplar Architectural Stair Construction Details - Modern Lakehouse, Clearwater, Indianapolis, Derek Mills, WERK Building Modern, HAUS Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Poplar Architectural Stair Construction Details

Our client sent us this image on Easter Day, 2018.

Easter at Clearwater
Easter at Clearwater

 

Please check back on this project, as we’ll be adding more about the design process.  In addition, we are planning to supplement the finish photography with sunny interiors when the time is right.

11 Aug 2016
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G BLOC MIXED USE

HAUS is working on G BLOC MIXED USE, a new development in Broad Ripple North Village that includes a mix of commercial office, urban lofts, and covered parking and is located on a small city block at 841 E 64th Street.  We have enjoyed the public process that began in early 2016 and have been working toward a solution that most effectively meets the multifaceted urban design goals of this awesome location.  It has been an engaging and stimulating dialogue with the neighborhood and the City in an effort to balance the desire for pedestrian engagement and more mixed-use density fitting Broad Ripple’s Envision Plan while also managing flood-plain requirements.  The location (formerly 6367 and 6371 Guilford) is just a few feet from the Monon Trail and borders Guilford, 64th, Cornell, and Main.


Project Info – G BLOC Mixed Use:

Architecture/Interior Design/Renderings/Photography: HAUS | Architecture
Construction Management: WERK | Building Modern
Leasing:  Thomas English Retail Real Estate
Developer: G BLOCK, LLC


Media Links:

Indy Midtown Magazine:  G BLOC mixed-use development

IBJ-Indianapolis Business Journal:  Three-story mixed-use project in Broad Ripple gets balky feedback from city

G BLOC MIXED USE – PreDesign Process

Background

2014-2015 – We most recently became interested in the Broad Ripple North Village area while working with one of our clients to design and build a new brownstone-inspired home on Ferguson Street.  This particular client lives in an exclusive gated community in Carmel, and were about to become empty-nesters.  For that reason, they wanted to live in a vibrant, walkable community with lots of amenities and restaurants, and acquired property to make that happen.  Some immediate plans changed for that project and it went on-hold, but it’s still out there and we are looking forward to a re-engagement.

2016 – We gained control of the properties at 6367 and 6371 Guilford, and began conceptualizing development options.  Our first BRVA Land-Use and Development Committee meeting was in March 2016 to introduce initial ideas to the BRVA Zoning and Land-Use Committee to begin a constructive dialogue and gather information.  This scheme included 30 loft apartments on levels 3 and 4, office space on level 2, and primarily parking on level 1.

BRVA was good about communicating their concerns (parking should be out of sight but enough provided possibly to exceed the zoning requirement, pedestrian engagement is very important, please include a retail component, we don’t really want to knock-down the historic homes on the site, how tall is it, and we’re not sure we like your design quite yet).  This was a good introduction to community stakeholders, and we went to work from there to respond to the mostly constructive feedback that we received.

Early Scheme Southeast Corner (March 2016) - G BLOC MIXED USE Development - Broad Ripple North Village - Urban Infill - Indianapolis - Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, HAUS Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, WERK | Building Modern, Thomas English Retail Real Estate
Early Scheme Southeast Corner (March 2016) – G BLOC MIXED USE Development – Broad Ripple North Village – Indianapolis

 

Public Process

Our next round of development focused on concealing the base-level parking and integrating a ground-level retail component per BRVA request.  We also had time to develop the architectural concepts a bit more.  We could see that parking may be the biggest challenge in enabling enough density for project feasibility.  This next concept incorporated a mix of two-story townhomes (possibly live-work), a reduced number of loft apartments, office, small retail or cafe, and parking.

BRVA still appeared to have strong opposition to the proposal.  For instance they suggested still not enough pedestrian engagement, too massive, don’t want to demolish existing structures, and concerns with parking.  Also, BRVA did not appear to consider the significant challenge that the flood-fringe factor will play.  On our side, we knew that satisfying everyone was going to a monumental challenge, especially if we counted ourselves and financial feasibility.

Southwest Corner Early Scheme (June 2016) - G BLOC MIXED USE Development - Broad Ripple North Village - Urban Infill - Indianapolis - Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, HAUS Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, WERK | Building Modern, Thomas English Retail Real Estate
Southwest Corner Early Scheme (June 2016) – G BLOC MIXED USE Development – Broad Ripple North Village – Urban Infill – Indianapolis

 

Design Character

Architecturally, we began to define what the building should be (in our eyes).  BRVA did not agree (“it’s too boxy”  “too modern”, “too tall”, “not enough pedestrian engagement”, live-work will never work”).  The sites were in zone C-4, which allows up to 65-foot height; however, we proposed to rezone to the new MU-2 Category per Indy ReZone, adopted in April 2016.  MU-2 allows up to 35′ in height, but BRVA Envision plan recommends up to 4-stories and 40-feet.

We ended-up taking a break in summer 2016, and then came back to BRVA in November.  We had refined the concepts some, but no major differences from the prior meeting.  Some on the BRVA were hoping for more significant design concept revisions.   This was our 4th trip to see the land-use committee.  From here, we engaged zoning consultants and submitted our applications with the City (late 2016-early 2017).

Early Scheme Southwest Corner (November 2016) - G BLOC MIXED USE Development - Broad Ripple North Village - Urban Infill - Indianapolis - Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, HAUS Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, WERK | Building Modern, Thomas English Retail Real Estate
Early Scheme Southwest Corner (November 2016) – G BLOC MIXED USE Development – Broad Ripple North Village – Urban Infill – Indianapolis

BRVA Support

2017 – Planning staff opposed the development proposal (“too intense for its location”, “parking concerns”).  After several meetings, it became clear that staff was not going to support the rezone or variance.  Our only chance was to do what was necessary to achieve BRVA support and proceed with the City process.  We didn’t expect hearing officer to contradict staff, so we looked forward to Board of Zoning Appeals hearing.

So, we went “back to the drawing board” again to see how we could create a more “village-friendly” architecture.  We redesigned the exterior for a more “village-friendly” character and scale.  In addition to adding gabled roofs, we deleted the 4th floor and raised the main floor to accommodate more storefront.  With these changes, BRVA voted to support the project, but only with a long-list of agreed stipulations.

Thank you to Colleen Fanning, Thomas Healy, and other local business owners for your support, including writing letters and speaking on behalf of our rezoning efforts.

 

Planning Department + Board of Zoning Appeals

We were not able to achieve City Planning Department staff or hearing officer support as of 08.10.17.  On 09.06.17, the Board of Zoning Appeals Commission voted to support the rezone from C-4 to MU-2 (5-3 vote).  However, they voted against the variances (building height + clear sight triangle) (3-5 vote).  On the bright-side, City did not adopt BRVA stipulations since they did not approve variances.  In hindsight, this may have been the most beneficial outcome for this development.

We still really don’t understand why staff was against our proposal.  Above all, we understood a primary intent of Indy ReZone was to encourage higher-density development in urban areas, discouraging sprawl.  The resistance to an additional 5-feet of building height and maintaining clear site triangle is dumbfounding (to us) at best.  We documented 40-50 instances in the immediate area that don’t follow current clear sight requirements.  And City has approved several new development proposals much greater height, including 70-feet directly across the Monon Trail.  The clear-site triangle requirement is automobile-centric, which is contrary to initiatives focused on the pedestrian.  Each of the intersections abutting our property have all-way stops; therefore, there is no need for strict adherence to clear sight triangle.  Its adherence seems in conflict with the creation of a nicely-scaled pedestrian experience.

Flood Fringe Area

Despite our initial claims to the contrary, neither BRVA or Planning Department appreciated the significant hardship for developing the site.  This hardship pertained to the flood plain and associated FEMA requirements.  On the technical design side, this was all a fascinating challenge.  On the development side, it was a major hurdle and hardship on most levels.  Certain members of the Board of Zoning Appeals tried to coax us to highlight the flood zone hardships more-so.  Without a doubt, we didn’t emphasize that issue to our advantage in the variance hearing.    We’ll be sharing more about the what we learned during this process, so please check-back for updates.

We presented the gable-roof design below to City + Board of Zoning Appeals.

Early Scheme Southwest Corner (Sept 2017) - G BLOC MIXED USE Development - Broad Ripple North Village - Urban Infill - Indianapolis - Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, HAUS Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, WERK | Building Modern, Thomas English Retail Real Estate
Early Scheme Southwest Corner (Sept 2017) – G BLOC MIXED USE Development – Broad Ripple North Village – Urban Infill – Indianapolis

G BLOC MIXED USE – Design Process

Final Design + Building Permits

Since achieving the rezone, we have developed a completely new design concept (again).  This new direction meets the now-defined zoning criteria, including the clear-site triangle, parking, transparency, and height.  Furthermore, we have designed the scheme to accommodate a future 4th floor.  As we delved deeper into zoning exceptions, we learned to leverage certain components, including skylights, parapets, towers, and surrounding grade.  However, we’ll still need a variance for the future story.

Zoning rules have forced us to adapt and modify some pedestrian-engagement amenities in favor of other requirements.  For instance, height limitations and flood-plain requirements forced us to implement some of our original directions.  In addition to sinking the base level partially into the earth, we moved the primary building entry back to the northeast corner oriented to the Monon Trail.  Despite the numerous challenges, we are excited about the refined direction as the newest design solution is a true contextual response shaped by numerous forces (physical, cultural, political).  As of 12.31.17, we have the newest and final design concepts just about completed.

Main Building Entrance North Elevation Design Development (Dec 2017) - G BLOC MIXED USE Development - Broad Ripple North Village - Urban Infill - Indianapolis - Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, HAUS Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, WERK | Building Modern, Thomas English Retail Real Estate
Main Building Entrance North Elevation Design Development (Dec 2017) – G BLOC MIXED USE Development

 

2018 – During the CD stage, we have made further refinements to the design that we will be sharing soon.

 

G BLOC MIXED USE – Construction Process

Permitting – It was a long, drawn-out permit review process, but finally achieved permits in late summer 2018.  We’ll share some of the learning from the permit process another time.

We completed site demolition + mass excavation in early October 2018.

We are beginning site mobilization for layout and excavation, and will finally be pouring footers by late November.

 

Please check back for updates, as we’ll be keeping this post up-to-date!

12 Apr 2016
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New Modern House 1

New Modern House 1 located in Zionsville, IN broke ground in fall 2015 for family of four seeking an energy efficient, modest, modern dwelling responding emphatically to its site #Copperwood.

This design, located on a 20 acre lot with natural habitat and wetlands, features open concept planning with distinct components for Living, Bedrooms, and Garage.  Major design element includes a dramatic wing roof overhanging primary indoor living spaces and Airstream port, with Airstream functioning as Home Office + Guest Suite while docked.  In addition, kitchen space features front and back areas with pass-through to serve outdoor entertaining.  And lower level features architectural stair, north bay light, and regulation table tennis area for nationally-rated Owner.

Mostly low-tech passive and active green-building strategies were implemented throughout, with the home achieving a HERS Performance Rating of 43, which is 60% better than a standard new energy-code-compliant home.  Smart Home Technology is used to control lighting, HVAC, and security from the Owner’s mobile devices.

We completed this project in late September 2016 – please check-back as we will be posting periodic updates and Owner feedback.

Media Links:

The AIA Home Tour Committee selected Copperwood to be on the AIA Home Tour on September 16-17, 2017.  We enjoyed seeing so many of our friends, colleagues, clients on the tour!  Here below are some media links featuring Copperwood.

Dezeen Magazine – Haus wraps low-lying Indiana residence in thermally treated ash

HOME – Indianapolis Monthly – For Spacious Skies

Dezeen Magazine – Five of the best houses in Indiana on Dezeen

American Hardwood Export Council – HAUS Architects creates a modern family dwelling with thermally-modified American ash

18 Elegant Modern Bedroom Interiors You Will Not Want to Leave

Inhabitat.com – Light-filled Indianapolis Home is a base for Airstream adventurers

Il Commercio Edile – The ash tree for an American Dream Home

Zionsville Home Featured on Architect’s Home Tour

Dwell Magazine Editor’s Pick (Copperwood)

diarioDESIGN:  The wooden house that adapts to the terrain and the climate

COVER - Indianapolis Monthly HOME Magazine 2018 - Room With a View - Glass walls and oversized windows offer stunning vistas at this Zionsville home - New Modern House 1 - Christopher Short, Architect - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
COVER – Indianapolis Monthly HOME Magazine 2018

Project Info – New Modern House 1:

Architecture/Interior Design: HAUS | Architecture (Chris Short, Derek Mill, Kevin Swan, Rachelle Swan)
Construction Management: WERK | Building Modern (Derek Mills + Chris Short)
Renderings: HAUS | Architecture
Exterior Finish Photography: HAUS | Architecture
Process Photography: HAUS | Architecture + Kevin Swan as noted
Interior Finish Photography: HAUS | Architecture + The Home Aesthetic
Featured: 2017 AIA Home Tour


Design Process – New Modern House 1

New Modern House 1 - Copperwood Residence, Zionsville - Architect Sketch - HAUS Architecture - Christopher Short
New Modern House 1 – Architect Sketch

Progress – New Modern House 1

No special ceremonies – let’s get digging.  Actual site grading varied from available GIS maps, but we were able to make the desired adjustments to coordinate with adjacent wetlands and grades.

New Modern House 1 - Ceremonial Ground-Breaking Shovel - HAUS Architecture, WERK Building Modern, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect
Ceremonial Ground-Breaking Shovel

 

Foundations – New Modern House 1

During excavation, we were able to clarify and work-through the issues related to existing grading.  We ended-up realizing some savings by making the right design decisions on the fly.  It’s critical that the architect is involved in every phase of the construction to make the right decisions consistent with DESIGN INTENT.  Despite some delays, we were able to install and backfill footings prior to freezing weather.

New Modern House 1 - Footings Formed - HAUS Architecture, WERK Building Modern, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect
Footings Formed

 

Retaining Walls – New Modern House 1

The large footings in the foreground are for the Airstream canopy area retaining walls.  Initially we had a number of retaining walls on the project, but reduced a few to save on costs.  Negotiating the site grades was an interesting process, but we were happy to have saved some effort and cost with some of the decisions.

New Modern House 1 - Footings Poured - HAUS Architecture, WERK Building Modern, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect
Footings Poured

 

New Modern House 1 - Wall Forms (or Stonehenge) - HAUS Architecture, WERK Building Modern, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect
Basement Concrete Wall Forms (or Stonehenge)

 

Basement Foundation Walls – New Modern House 1

It’s interesting how the residential market differs from the commercial market regarding design and construction.  It seems the structural engineers and residential trades are often at odds.  Having come from a commercial architecture background, and now working predominantly in the residential marketplace – the differences are very evident.  Whenever we have a structural engineer collaborate on our unique projects, the concrete trades in particular often have differing opinions on best techniques.  It’s interesting to learn the different opinions – many related to costs.  Some like to comment about “over-design”.  Would we rather the structural engineer “under-design”?  I don’t think so.

In the case below, the concrete contractor wanted to add a few counterfort walls to reinforce the long foundation wall.  One reason was to support the length during backfilling operations if we decided to backfill prior to floor structure completion.  Once we install floor structure, we achieve adequate lateral support without the counterfort walls.  Some opined that we could have done with less rebar reinforcement.  Sure could have, but we stuck with the structural engineer recommendations.

New Modern House 1 - Wall Forms - HAUS Architecture, WERK Buildng Modern, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect
Basement Concrete Wall Forms

 

New Modern House 1 - Forms Pulled - WERK Building Modern, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect
Basement Wall Forms Pulled

 

Framing Begins – New Modern House 1

We considered various methods of project delivery, construction techniques, and client priorities relative to project costs.  To be sure, we and our client do respect the advantages of a prefab process (controlled environment, fast site erection), but we chose instead to stick-build.  All things considered, we felt this method was going to be the most cost-effective and logical based on the overall design (open-concept bay widths, heavy timber, large Airstream canopy).  However, even though were ready to frame by late December, we had some delays with weather and framer availability.  So ultimately, we ended-up starting actual site framing work in early February 2016.  So looking-back, maybe prefab would have benefited the process – if feasible with our design.  The trick is, we didn’t design it from the beginning with prefab in-mind, which is important in making that technique feasible.

New Modern House 1 - Derek Mills Coordinating Framing in January - HAUS Architecture, WERK Building Modern, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect
New Modern House 1 – Derek Mills Coordinating Framing in January

 

framing speeds forward - WERK Building Modern
Framing Speeds Forward

 

Crane Heavy Timber - WERK Building Modern - HAUS Architecture, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect
Crane Heavy Timber

 

Lumber Sourcing – New Modern House 1

We didn’t anticipate having to source the heavy timber for the project via out-of-state suppliers, but the local lumber yards said they didn’t have access to what we needed.  Happily, we were able to find what we needed from American Pole and Timber out of Texas.  We can’t say it was the greenest way to source the material – I guess if we were doing this project in the Pacific Northwest, we would not have had a problem.  Part of the challenge is that we needed treated wood for all exposed wood.  We needed 32′ long 2x12s treated, which was not readily available in that length.  Texas cut that material for us out of logs, and since their other 6×6 timbers were a better bargain than local suppliers, we decided to load-up the truck with some additional lumber to cover some of our other needs.

New Modern House 1 - Yellow Boots - Heavy Timber - HAUS Architecture, WERK Building Modern, Derek Mills
Yellow Boots – Heavy Timber

 

Skylight Framing – New Modern House 1

We strategically placed a few skylights into the bedroom wing roof to maximize natural light in the right places – this particular opening is a 3-skylight-wide slot in the Master Bedroom ceiling primarily over the master bed headwall, which floats short of the ceiling and separates bedroom from bathroom.  Most of the skylights are fixed, but a couple are motorized to allow stack-effect ventilation.  Light and panoramic views achieve a dramatic engagement with the site.  Stay tuned for finish photos of these spaces in a few months.

New Modern House 1 - Skylight Framing - HAUS Architecture, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect
Skylight Framing

 

Front Entry #Copperwood - New Modern House 1 - HAUS Architecture, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, WERK Building Modern
Front Entry Framing Progress – New Modern House 1

 

New Modern House 1 - Framing Progress - HAUS Architecture, WERK Building Modern, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect
Framing Progress

 

Exterior Wood Siding Installation – New Modern House 1

Framers are working their way around the house on the wood siding installations.  The thermally-modified Ash is really beautiful, so client is debating whether to finish the siding to maintain the nice warm tone.  Ultimately they decided we will let it weather to grey.  We ended-up coming up a bit short on the siding, and had to wait a few months to get enough right-sized Ash to finish the job.  This caused some delays on metal copings and some other areas, but on the bright-side, we ended up getting some extra material that we were able to use in a few places on the interior.

New Modern House 1 - Thermally Treated Siding Installation - HAUS Architecture, WERK Building Modern, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect
Thermally Treated Siding Installation

 

Exterior Progress – New Modern House 1

For the most part, the details are coming-out as planned.  We have some work to do here and there, but overall we are pleased with how things are coming along.  We were fortunate to acquire the black cement board siding from the supplier, as they had discontinued black.  Luckily, they just happened to have a small quantity still available in-stock.  This prefinished cement board siding installation requires precision and patience.  We need to light-sanded and seal all cut edges prior to installation, so it is not fast-going.  For the exposed steel columns and brackets, we have decided to leave the galvanized finish exposed instead of painting them black.  The roof-framing members are treated 2x12s and the supporting glulams are treated 7″ x 16″ that we mostly over-sized for scale/appearance.

New Modern House 1 - siding detail - HAUS Architecture
Rainscreen Cladding Detail

 

Airstream Shelter – New Modern House 1

A major design driver for this project was our client’s passion for travel, and particularly, the integration of their Airstream, “Annie”, into the design.  Regarding Annie, early in the design process we established that Annie be – 1) Protected, and 2) Functionally-integrated into the design.  We achieved each and more.  With Annie located on the west side of the property (just a few steps from the Kitchen and garage), the soaring wing roof structure protects Annie while providing abundant shelter from the hot west sun (for the house).

New Modern House 1 - Airstream Shelter - HAUS Architecture, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect
Canopy Roof Shelters Airstream Trailer

Entry Bridge – New Modern House 1

Each client and each site bring a unique set of design opportunities to the table.  The raised buildable portion of this particular site had sloping grades and an abandoned gas pipeline running through the desired house location.  The initial and ultimate design concepts deferred to the pipeline, oriented house to receive the south light + best views, and gracefully addressed the sloping site.

Garage wing to the right and bedroom wing to the left frame the north-facing entry.  The angle from bedroom wing to garage wing mimics the adjacent pipeline.  We wanted to bring natural light into the lower level, which we achieved with the north bay.  And then the architectural bridge spans the bay to access the front door.  We are excited about the finishing details of the canopies not yet complete, which includes heavy timber posts and beams with treated glulam beams spanning the basement clerestory.

To achieve the structural requirements for diagonal bracing, we have incorporated galvanized bracing of rods with clevis and turnbuckles, while bridge guardrails utilize stainless-steel cable-rail infill.  The basement clearstory area steps down to lower level with a couple of 30″ tall landscaped platforms to eliminate the need for guardrails.  The light achieved helps make the lower level a desirable living space – stay tuned for photos/progress of the lower level, architectural stair, and canopy details.

New Modern House 1 - Copperwood New Modern Entry Bridge - HAUS Architecture, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, WERK Building Modern
Copperwood New Modern Entry Bridge

 

New Modern House 1 - Canopy Kit of Parts - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture
Front Entry Canopy Kit of Parts

 

New Modern House 1 - Custom Hardware Detail - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture
Custom Hardware Detail

Rainscreen Siding – New Modern House 1

We are really happy with how the project is coming along and it is great to see things coming together mostly as planned.  It’s important that we protect the design vision in built-form.  Then, from there, we fit the expected quality within the agreed budget.  The trades for the project have never worked on anything like this from an overall design standpoint, so it has been a key asset having HAUS, the Architect managing the construction via WERK | Building Modern, in collaboration with our client.  It is a unique, but mostly simple concept and design.  However, we have learned over the years that simple, minimal details are usually less forgiving and more challenging to achieve than more traditional details and assemblies – things line up, the trims are minimal, having less ability to hide imperfections.

For the white siding material, we specified and installed prefinished cement board panels with matching exposed fasteners and 3/8″ gaps at panel joints.  In all but a few special conditions now, we detail all of our wall assemblies as rainscreens.  Even the thermally-modified wood is a rainscreen system.  The open panel joints allow water to enter and drain out via the weather-resistive barrier and flashings.  We sleep better at night knowing we have detailed and built our wall systems with the best techniques (RESILIENT DESIGN), especially when a project has minimal or no roof overhangs to shelter the facade.

New Modern House 1 - Copperwood South Elevation Construction Progress - HAUS Architecture, WERK Building Modern, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect
Copperwood South Elevation Construction Progress

Interior Progress – New Modern House 1

We are going on about month-10 now in the process.  Trim carpentry and painting is progressing along with electrical fixture installations, cabinets, and tile.  Kevin/Rachelle Swan (clients), Chris Adams (trim carpenter, painter, floor installer, quality control expert), and Derek Mills/Chris Short (Architects-Construction Managers) have been teaming together and with the numerous trades to “bring it home”.  Exposed clear-coated double 2×10 Southern Pine beams conceal track lighting.  We have painted track reveal dark grey to camouflage the dark track fixtures.  Beams also uplight the vaulted ceiling.  All lighting, security + HVAC is controlled via owner’s smart devices (Smart Home Technology).

New Modern House 1 - Interior Progress - 3 Wise Guys - Kevin Swan, Chris Adams, Derek Mills, HAUS Architecture, WERK Building Modern
Interior Progress – 3 Wise Guys – Kevin Swan, Chris Adams, Derek Mills

 

Rough Grading  – New Modern House 1

During the construction stage, we considered a few alternatives to the original south-stepped landscape wall.  Ultimately, we decided to abandon the stepped-wall in favor of a new concept – a new elevated soccer plateau – achieved with many, many loads of excavation spoils from other project locations.  Coordinating the desired elevations and precise angle at plinth edges has been an effort, but will be well worth it in the end.  We think it will be a dramatic functional and aesthetic base – an extension of the modern architecture – a mediator from house to otherwise virgin landscape.  We envision the plinth as manicured lawn, and surrounding grades with wildflowers and wild-grasses for a natural, low-maintenance landscape.

New Modern House 1 - Big Boy Toys - HAUS Architecture, WERK Building Modern, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect
Big Boy Toys

 

Thermally-Modified Ash – New Modern House 1

Conceptually, the thermally-modified wood-clad east bedroom wing slides though the side of the living space, so we continued the wood from exterior through the interior living space to stay true to the concept.  The wood on the exterior will weather to grey – the wood inside should maintain this darkened effect of the Ash wood.  The burned-wood smell is evident on the finished product, but only in very close proximity.

We chose to finish the stair in clear Southern Pine.  We considered using the Ash from walls, but it is more brittle and we were afraid it may crack on installation and over time.  The pine works for the stair, as it is a nice compliment to the exposed Southern Pine beams in the adjacent living space.  We are looking forward to seeing the steel rail system and wood-burning stove installations next.

Client has been instrumental and a great partner in coordinating interior trim carpentry details, lighting fixture selections, and interior finish selections in collaboration with HAUS and the Construction Manager, WERK | Building Modern.

New Modern House 1 - Stair Detail - HAUS Architecture, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK Building Modern
Stair Detail

In the early fall of living in the house, Owner has confirmed that Passive Solar Building Design is no joke – the home is maintaining 70 degrees inside during the daytime (35-45 degrees outside) on sunny days without furnace.

New Modern House 1 - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture
Living Room Nearing Completion Daylight

 

New Modern House 1 - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture
Living Room Nearing Completion Nightfall

 

New Modern House 1 - Architectural Stair - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture
Architectural Stair

 

New Modern House 1 - Entry Bridge - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture
Entry Bridge at Nightfall

 

New Modern House 1 - Chopping Wood - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture
Chopping Wood

 

New Modern House 1 - Stair Wall - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture
Stair Wall (Thermally-Treated Wood)

 

New Modern House 1 - Entry Bridge - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture
Entry Bridge View from North Bay

 

New Modern House 1 - Entry Bridge - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture
Entry Bridge

 

New Modern House 1 - Bedroom Wing Elevation - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture
Bedroom Wing Elevation

 

New Modern House 1 - Stair Detail - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture
Stair Detail View from Lower Level

 

New Modern House 1 - Stair Detail - Christopher Short, Architect, Indianapolis, HAUS Architecture
Stair Detail View from Main Level

 

Stay Tuned for More Progress Photos

 

08 Dec 2018
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Cigar Room Addition

We have recently completed a Cigar Room Addition for our clients in Brendonwood Historic District on Indianapolis’ northeast side.

Once again, we are working on a Midcentury Modern gem designed by the architects of the firm, Vonnegut, Wright, and Yeager.  In fact, we have learned that Edward Pierre of Pierre & Wright (at the time), designed the original Midcentury Modern home for the Indianapolis Home Show in 1954.  More recently, a prior owner made updates before selling it to our clients, who are local mental health professionals.

In essence, our clients simply wanted a cozy place to get away; an isolated retreat to play piano, listen to music, and smoke cigars.


Project Info – Cigar Room – A Midcentury Modern Addition:

Architecture/Renderings: HAUS | Architecture (Paul Reynolds)
Construction Management: WERK | Building Modern (Paul Reynolds)
Interior Design:  MW Harris
Windows: Marvin + Franklin Window & Door
Dedicated HVAC: HC Climate
Photography: HAUS + Jamie Sangar Photography


Media Links:

Indianapolis Monthly:  Reality Check – What $550k gets you in Brendonwood (18 July 2014)

Mod Abode:  Cigar Room – An Escape

Ceaserstone – The Interior Collective:  Cigar Room Retreat

Indianapolis Monthly has featured our client in a recent edition of Indianapolis Monthly’s “Open Door” feature, so we’ll be sure to link it here when available!

Cigar Room – A Midcentury Modern Addition – Design Process

Background

Owner originally began the project design with Steve Zintel of Summit Design Group, but they were not able to finish the project, perhaps because their builder partner bowed-out.  So, HAUS took those initial ideas and worked toward a final, simple solution respecting the pre-existing structure and Midcentury style.  We spent some time engaging a longer-term site plan that included some interesting ideas for outdoor space, but ultimately, the Owner priority was the Phase One Cigar Room project.

We will be sharing some renderings of the cool Master Plan ideas and other interesting tidbits before long, so please check back for these updates!

 

Piano Keys - Humidor - Midcentury Modern Addition - Brendonwood, Indianapolis - Christopher Short, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles - WERK | Building Modern - Paul Reynolds, Project Manager
Piano Keys – Cigar Room – A Midcentury Modern Addition – Brendonwood, Indianapolis (photo by Jamie Sangar Photography)

 

Blue Wallcovering Detail - Cigar Room - Midcentury Modern Addition - Brendonwood, Indianapolis - Christopher Short, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles - WERK | Building Modern - Paul Reynolds, Project Manager
Blue Wallcovering Detail – Cigar Room – A Midcentury Modern Addition – Brendonwood Historic District (photo by Jamie Sangar Photography)

 

Bar Cabinet Detail - Cigar Room - Midcentury Modern Addition - Brendonwood, Indianapolis - Christopher Short, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles - WERK | Building Modern - Paul Reynolds, Project Manager
Bar Cabinet Detail (Red Gum Wood) – Midcentury Modern Addition – Brendonwood Historic District (photo by Jamie Sangar Photography)

 

Cabinet + Humidor Detail - Cigar Room - Midcentury Modern Addition - Brendonwood, Indianapolis - Christopher Short, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles - WERK | Building Modern - Paul Reynolds, Project Manager
Cabinet + Humidor Detail – Midcentury Modern Addition – Brendonwood Historic District (photo by Jamie Sangar Photography)

 

Liquor Bottle Detail - Cigar Room - Midcentury Modern Addition - Brendonwood, Indianapolis - Christopher Short, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles - WERK | Building Modern - Paul Reynolds, Project Manager
Liquor Bottle Detail – A Midcentury Modern Addition – Brendonwood Historic District (photo by Jamie Sangar Photography)

 

14 Sep 2018
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Bridge House

We enthusiastically anticipate ground-breaking for Bridge House near the shores of Lake Michigan on a wooded lot in Douglas, Michigan.  Our clients have enjoyed vacationing in the area for years, and have thus decided to build their dream retreat to semi-retire to the area, moving from their current home in Zionsville, IN.  We have been working on the project since fall 2017, and it has been a pleasure working with these special clients!

This one will absolutely be worth checking back for progress, so we’ll be sure to post regular updates!


Project Info – Bridge House:

Architecture/Renderings/Photography:  HAUS | Architecture
Interior Architecture/Finishes: HAUS with Design Studio Vriesman (and Client)
General Contractor:  TR Builders
Photos + Renderings: HAUS except where noted otherwise


Media Links:

Great Lakes by Design:  Modern Legacy (Michigan’s role in shaping modern design and modernism in America)

 

The lakefront area is mostly a seasonal retreat with bed & breakfasts and rental cabins with a sprinkling of full-time residents.  So in winter, not many people are around.  This day was stunning, but the stiff breeze from the lake was chilling.

Bridge House PreConstruction Site Visit 2 (December 2017) - This Lake Michigan lakefront photo is taken about 1/4 mile from the Bridge House site location - Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
Lake Michigan waterfront photo 1/4 mile from the Bridge House site location – Douglas, Michigan (December 2017).

 

Assembling an excellent team that communicates effectively and enjoys working together is a recipe for success.

Bridge House PreConstruction Site Visit 2 (December 2017) Team Photo, Owners (center), Builders (Left), Architect (right) - Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
PreConstruction Site Visit 2 – Team Photo, Owners (center), Builders (left), Architect (right) – Bridge House – Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan (December 2017).

 

Note from Dr. Lance Trexler (Owner/Client):

“My wife Laura and I have had a fabulous relationship, but we were coming up on a new stage of life where we really wanted to live in a way that really captured what was most important for us.  We specifically wanted a very contemporary feeling that was open, maximized natural light, and set the stage for all of the art that we enjoy.  We also wanted to bring nature into the house as much as possible.  HAUS and Chris Short immediately captured the goal and created what we feel is not only exactly what we imagined, but much more.  We are so excited to see this house evolve.”

Design Phase:

Our first opportunity to see the site in-person occurred in October 2017, early in the design process.  It was certainly important that we get a lay-of-the land first-hand.  On prior visits, our clients had already verified that Theo and Piper approve of the location!

T.R. Builders

We were fortunate to meet Tom Rigney (T.R. Builders) through another of our clients while working on their Michigan property a few years ago (Gull Lake Island).  We enjoy Tom’s excellent communication and sincere interest in good collaboration and were confident that our pre-existing relationship would translate to the Bridge House project .  Tom has recently worked on houses by Architects from Chicago and Michigan, including John Eifler, FAIA (Eifler & Associates, Chicago), who is known for historic renovations to homes and buildings by Frank Lloyd WrightGeorge Maher, Walter Burley Griffin, John Van Bergen and Louis Sullivan.  Tom is also just finishing-up a residential project by Norman Carver, Jr, an esteemed Architect from Kalamazoo, Michigan who designed many Mid Century Modern masterpieces from Michigan to Palm Springs, California beginning in the early 1950’s.  TR Builders has a great sense for detail, so we are confident having the construction in Tom’s hands.

Design Details

We’ll share more of the actual design process in the coming months.  HAUS completed this sketch below in December 2017 as we were nearing the end of the SD-Schematic Design process.

At this point we had explored a few design concept options and were leaning to this one.  We had an overall scope established, and were in the process of reviewing budget options with the GC.

Lake Michigan Cottage, New Michigan Wooded Retreat, Douglas, Michigan, Lake Michigan, Christopher Short, Architect, HAUS Architecture
Sketch of Design Concept – Bridge House – Lake Michigan – Douglas, Michigan (December 2017)

 

 

Piper & Theo with Laura at Site Visit, October 2018 - Bridge House, Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Piper & Theo with Laura at Site Visit – Bridge House, Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan – photo by Owner (October 2018)

 

Summer Sky at Sunrise on US31 North - on the way to Bridge House, Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles - Christopher Short, Architect
Summer Sky at Sunrise on US31 North on the way to Bridge House – Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan (July 2018)

As depicted in the building section below (in vague fashion), the design team with Owner have spent some time developing the interior architecture, with furniture and art integration.  Our client has a wonderful collection of eclectic furniture and art that is going to fit right in to this project design and setting.  Also, the owner and team is working with LEICHT on the kitchen cabinetry.

For the entry bridge (see left background), we are discussing ways to deal with snow-ice.  Perhaps we’ll consider a heating element along bridge length TBD depending on costs.

Bridge House, Building Section, Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
Bridge House Building Section, Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan (December 2018)

Construction Phase:

After a long, detailed design and budgeting process, it’s really exciting to see the project finally underway!

As we do with many of our projects, we are planning to share key phases of the construction process here.  In general, we find the entire process really interesting.  This is because there are so many moving parts and design decisions to be made even during construction.

To be clear, Architect availability and involvement is really important during the construction phase.  This is true for almost all construction projects, but especially ones like this involving a unique contemporary design.

The drawings don’t stand alone and may not be perfect.  Nor do they detail every important condition; therefore, the construction team will likely require Architect interpretations of design-intent.  And with this project in particular, with Architect a 3.5 hour drive away, site visits will not be frequent.  However, our client and T.R. Builders have promised to stay in-touch with questions and share progress photos for feedback.

Site Prep

Preparing Building Pad (looking southwest) - Bridge House - Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
Preparing Building Pad Looking Southwest – Bridge House – Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan – photo by TR Builders (October 2018)

Excavation

Bridge House, Excavation Looking SSE, Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
Excavation Looking SSE – Bridge House – Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan – photo by TR Builders (October 2018)

Since we had such a natural, untouched, landscape, one original goal was to tread as lightly as possible.  As one can see here, the initial excavation is still making an impact.  The east portion of the project sinks into the land for basement which anchors the house to the ground laterally.  Then the remaining 65% of the house will hover on stilts over the landscape.

TR Builders cleared a few trees for the construction as well, in addition to a few in poor health.  In the end, we’ll be able to re-establish the original grades and supplement with native landscape.  We are working with a local landscape company on the final site design strategy.

 

Bridge House, Excavation Looking SSW, Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
Excavation Looking SSW – Bridge House – Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan – photo by TR Builders (October 2018)

Forming Footings

Bridge House, Footings Formwork looking Due West Toward Lake Michigan, Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
Formwork looking Due West Toward Lake Michigan – Bridge House – Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan – photo by TR Builders (October 2018)

 

Bridge House, Concrete Footings West Garage Wall Looking South, Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
Concrete Footings West Garage Wall Looking South, Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan – photo by TR Builders (October 2018)

Basement Walls

Basement walls have been completed, so next steps are to include garage area + bridge piers.

Bridge House, Garage + Basement foundation walls completed looking due East from future location of entry bridge, Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
Garage + Basement foundation walls complete (looking due East) – Bridge House – Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan – photo by TR Builders (October 2018)

 

Pier Footings

Concrete Support Piers Underway (looking north) - Bridge House - Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
Concrete Support Piers Underway (looking north) – Bridge House – Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan – photo by TR Builders (November 2018)

TR Builders called us while they were working on pier forms to clarify a few things.  Albeit, we’re glad they called, because as we were looking back at our drawings it forced us to review and cross-check some things.   Specifically, the foundation drawings had a few discrepancies on pier heights that we were able to correct in-time.   Without a doubt, this was a good catch by the team and will enable us to achieve exterior siding + deck fascia alignments as intended.

Concrete Support Piers Underway (west end looking south) - Bridge House - Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
Structural Support Piers Underway (west end looking south) – Bridge House – Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan – photo by TR Builders (November 2018)

 

Concrete Piers Complete (ready for backfill - looking northeast) - Bridge House - Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
Concrete Piers Complete (ready for backfill – looking northeast) – Bridge House – Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan – photo by TR Builders (November 2018)

 

Backfill Operations - Bridge House - Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
Backfill Operations (looking northwest) – Bridge House – Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan – photo by TR Builders (December 2018)

 

Pier Anchor Installation - Bridge House - Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
Pier Anchor Installation (looking west) – Bridge House – Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan – photo by Owner (December 2018)

Bridge Beam Details

With a unique design, there are atypical conditions that need special attention in the deign process and construction, like the pier condition below.

For this design, it was important to us that the siding and deck fascia maintain a continuous alignment around the perimeter.  Since the siding overlaps the plate and top of basement wall a bit on the basement areas, it needed to maintain the same elevation at the pier conditions.  To accomplish this, we design the tops of perimeter piers to drop lower than top of basement walls to allow siding to pass unimpeded by the piers since piers may stick-out proud of wall finish conditions (we didn’t want to have to raise the siding or cut around the piers in these areas).

During the pricing process after we completed the design drawings, the team agreed on all engineered wood beams in lieu of the original steel beams proposed by structural engineer (cost savings and simpler to install/coordinate).  We did not completely update all drawings and details to reflect an all-wood condition, which led to some misunderstandings about how to frame the perimeter beams.  Architect had detailed perimeter beams to shim-up from the dropped perimeter piers to achieve the aligned siding condition and keep trims clear of piers.  And whether steel or wood beams, the designed beam bearing heights were to remain unchanged, still in alignment with all other joists and trusses.

However, the structural drawings indicated a different typical detail for wood-to-pier connection that didn’t reference pier or beam elevations, or the Architect’s details noted above.  So as indicted in the photo below, perimeter LVL beams were dropped over the accompanying piers to more closely resemble the structural detail.

Team Review

Once we noticed, we reached-out to Builder to review the condition and make sure we were on the page regarding the design intent.

Architect was concerned that we didn’t have enough space under the beams for a cladding material and drying space for the beams.  Builder shared their strategy to shim between beam and hardware with stainless steel shims to get the beams and floor laser-level.  These shims will raise the beam up a bit from the pier and hardware.  According to builder, they have already completed this work.  So we are looking forward to seeing the progress and floor deck installed.

For the finish condition, we (Builder and Architect) agreed to wrap the beam undersides with brake metal to match siding.  This solution will be very close to the original intent as the dropped beam will still be behind the siding, and the thin brake-metal beam cladding will not touch the concrete piers.  We think this is a good compromise since the floor framing had already progressed forward.

This detail and related communication seemed to get a lot of people riled-up.  We’re happy that the build team takes as much pride in their work as we do, and look forward to ongoing progress and constructive dialogue about the details.

 

LVL Beam Installation - Bridge House - Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
LVL Beam Installation (looking east) – Bridge House – Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan – photo by Owner (December 2018)

 

Rough Framing Begins - Bridge House - Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
Rough Framing Begins – Bridge House – Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan – photo by Owner (December 2018)

 

Floor Framing Complete

Floor framing appears to be complete, and perimeter walls are speeding forward!  Exterior deck framing will come later (see far-right deck piers).  Notice the insulated headers in the lower left corner on the ground.  This is an important detail on all projects in colder climates!

TR Builders sourced lumber from Builders First Source Northeast in Portage, Michigan (Contact:  Adam Bradley).  All interior floors are wood trusses with built-up LVL beams over piers.  Photo below shows floor truss framing over the basement foundation.

Framing Progression (view from NE corner looking W SW) - Bridge House - Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
Master Suite and Living Spaces Framing Progression (view from NE corner looking W SW) – Bridge House – Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan – photo by TR Builders (January 2019)

 

Zip System Sheathing is really making inroads in the wood-framed marketplace, and we’re happy to see it installed on Bridge House.  We considered other framing methods during the pricing stage (like SIPS), but elected to stick-build based on budget.  However, we did go with 2×6 walls to enable more insulation.  Besides, the taller living room walls needed thicker studs anyway based on height and roof loading.

Framing Progression (E looking W) - Bridge House - Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
Garage Framing Progression (E looking W) – Bridge House – Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan – photo by TR Builders (January 2019)

Photo below shows front elevation with horizontal kitchen window to the right.  It seems weather has been a bit warmer than usual so far for a Michigan winter, and no huge snows (yet – knock on wood).

Framing Progression (view from S looking W NW) - Bridge House - Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
Framing Progression (view from S looking W NW) – Bridge House – Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan – photo by TR Builders (January 2019)

 

It’s fun to see walls going-up and dream becoming reality!

Framing Progression (W looking E) - Bridge House - Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
Framing Progression (W looking E) – Bridge House – Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan – photo by TR Builders (January 2019)

 

Wall Framing Status Update

Framing Progression (NE looking W) - Bridge House - Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
Framing Progression (NE looking W) – Bridge House – Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan – photo by TR Builders (January 2019)

 

Framing Progression (SW looking E) - Bridge House - Douglas, Michigan - Lake Michigan - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect, Tom Rigney, TR Builders
Framing Progression (SW looking E) – Bridge House – Douglas, Michigan – Lake Michigan – photo by TR Builders (January 2019)

 

We will continue with updates as construction progresses, so please check-back for the latest Bridge House news!

12 Oct 2016
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Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman

BackgroundWe met our Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman clients at the Broad Ripple Home Tour in Fall 2014 when they were volunteer docents for our Broad Ripple Bungalow project, which was one of the homes on the tour.  By all means, we were very happy when they called to begin the planning process for their craftsman-style bungalow also on Carrollton, a beautiful, walkable street lined with several excellent Craftsman-Style homes.Having lived in the home for 20+ years, our clients didn’t want to leave but wanted a respectfully-modern, light-filled transformation to support their lifestyle for the next 20 and beyond.  The new design reflects their personalities and life-stories (who they are and how they want to live) on the inside, while the outside is a major upgrade dialing-up the Craftsman style.

Since our clients are passionate about good design, high-quality materials, and energy/resource efficiency, this project was a perfect fit for an architect-led design-build approach.    Certainly, we enjoy the design process, but also collaborating with the trade contractors and overseeing the construction.  Undeniably, a direct conduit from design to construction helps ensure the successful implementation of design vision.

We began construction in September 2016, substantially completing it in April 2018 as planned (7 months).


Project Info – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman:

Architecture/Interior Design/Renderings/Photography: HAUS | Architecture
Construction Management: WERK | Building Modern
Featured:  2018 Indianapolis Monthly


Media Links:

The project is beginning to get some recognition – check out these articles and blogs:

Indianapolis Monthly:  Staying Power – A Broad Ripple Bungalow Grows Up

Art of the Exterior:  When Less Is More

Photo Library: These 57 Cool Corners are Decorated in a Big Way (Modern Craftsman first floor powder room is number 54!)

 

 

The Design Process – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman

The design modifications included in this complete gut/remodel include new everything + personal touches inspired by the owners.  Exposed structure + connection hardware is a nod to Lori’s father, who worked in the building industry designing hardware.  Also, other interior details that pay homage to client interest in music, particularly stringed instruments.  We will share more of the story and design process, including interior design concepts and renderings, as the project progresses.  The interiors are what really sets this project apart.

It is important to think about the big picture but also the details.  At HAUS, first we work to establish the big-picture concepts, which are inspired by our client and particulars of place.  From there every subsequent decision is born from that concept.  Certainly, our clients are our inspiration, and therefore, they have ownership if not just the physical home but also the design solutions.  Their personalities ARE the design.

Although the construction documents are two-dimensional, we think, see, and live in three dimensions.  The image below is a ghosted version of the 3D computer model.  As can be seen, this model includes developed details, so this was near the end of the design process.  One can begin to see all the elements within the spaces, from the structural elements to the furniture pieces.  Please check back later as we’ll share more about the beginning of the design process before it was this far along!

Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation

 

 

Breaking “Ground” – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman

Here’s a shot of the existing house as lumber began arriving.  Our client refers to existing roof eaves as a raccoon motel.  This is because they are in disrepair with gaps allowing wildlife to camp-out.  We will be bringing this bungalow above and beyond its original Craftsman roots from a design, detail, and quality standpoint.  This preexisting roof and attic space is coming off to accommodate the new upstairs.

Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation

Framing lumber arrived in mostly one delivery, which was helpful.  This is because the site is unique in that it shares a driveway with the neighboring property and much of the landscaping is to remain.  We managed to tuck the lumber package back  into the owner’s carport and driveway, which gave us room to set a dumpster next to the house, rather than in the front yard or street.

Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation

Demolition – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman

And with a few swings of the hammer, the renovation has begun!  We began by salvaging a lot of elements from the existing space.  We donated much of the existing light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and cabinets to Habitat for Humanity for re-use, thus diverting them from going into the dumpster.  At client request, we salvaged original doors and trims for re-use in the new design.  It was not our original intent to completely demolish all interior walls and ceilings, but our framer urged us to consider it since that would streamline the process and give an entirely new interior.  Let’s do it.

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17 Nov 2018
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Sliver House

Sliver House is an urban infill project rising in Fountain Square, Indianapolis.

We often get calls from people looking to renovate or develop new projects in this neighborhood.  Generally, many aren’t a great fit.  To clarify, some don’t appear to have margins to support the level of design we offer, and we prefer to not leave design decisions up to the developer.  A lot of great things are happening in Fountain Square, but we feel like some of the residential rehabs + new construction going-on in the immediate area could be of higher quality (on both the design and build sides).  There are most certainly exceptions to this opinion, as there are a few architect-designed projects in the immediate area that are excellent.

Once again, Paul Musielak of GEM Homes, invited us to collaborate on this unique design opportunity.  We helped Paul and Kristina design their personal residence last year.  For that reason, we were happy to continue the relationship on a very unique site with great potential!


Project Info – Sliver House, Fountain Square

Architecture:  HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles (Derek Mills)
Interior Architecture + Material Selections:  by Developer and Builder (Architect crossing their fingers)
Construction:  GEM Homes (Paul Musielak)
Structural Engineer: Silver Creek Engineering (Matthew Owen)
Process Photography: HAUS + GEM Homes
Renderings:  HAUS


Design Process – Sliver House, Fountain Square

Initial Concepts

GEM Homes had been doing some work with the developer of this property and made the introduction.  Meanwhile, we were able to sit-down for a beer and agree on the design layout concepts for the project in about 90-minutes.  And afterwards, we developed more detail and presented concepts for neighborhood and zoning review.

This site is about 18.5′ wide side-to-side (pre-existing house was 14.4′ wide).  Certainly, based on the narrow width, it is was not possible to build anything reasonable on the site meeting current zoning requirements.  Clearly, even the original house was not close to meeting current zoning criteria.  Of course, the City and neighborhood understood the circumstances, and we were able able to proceed with only minor design changes, mostly related to the required fire-resistance and window openings to the side-yards.

We’ll share some diagrams of the design concepts in the near future.  In brief, the design concept centers around a stair-well/light-shaft connecting and sharing light to all levels.  Indeed, zoning ordinance will only allow fire-protected windows on sidewalls, as neighboring walls are only about 2-3 feet away.  From there, we have an upper 2-story volume sliding over a base-volume.  Basically, the base volume extends visually through connecting ground level deck, privacy fencing, and into one-car detached garage.  The two volumes are of a complimentary material to express the contrast between the two volumes.

Design Detail

We have prioritized glazing and balconies at the front and rear for all levels due to the absence of windows on the sides.  The goal was to enable front balconies access to some views downtown, with rear balconies getting a visual on the Square.  We knew going-in that a slender, vertical house like this was going to require structural review, primarily to address the shear issues in the narrow direction.  Since we wanted to maximize the glazing front and back, we started with a structural design solution that integrated steel moment-frames.  GEM Homes priced this option, and the steel + associated footing tie-ins were difficult, expensive, and many footing contractors didn’t want to deal with it.

The contractor requested that the team brainstorm an alternative, simpler solution that would be lower budget and include CMU foundation walls instead of all-concrete.  GEM and HAUS (with Silvercreek collaboration) were able to quickly modify the design to delete the steel, add layered wood-framed shear-walls tying to reinforced CMU foundation walls + concrete footings.  We had to reduce the amount of front and rear glazing to achieve the shear walls, but feel this was a good compromise that maintained the design concepts.

 

Construction Process – Sliver House, Fountain Square

Before Construction

This “before” photo shows the property in 2017 or so.  These houses have a quaintness and cute scale.  However, they are mostly in disrepair and the small ones too tiny to support an evolving demographic.

1005 Lexington Street Elevation (Before) - Sliver House Rises in Fountain Square, Indianapolis - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles - GEM Homes - Christopher Short, Architect - Derek Mills - Paul Musielak, Builder
1005 Lexington Street Elevation (Before) – Sliver House Rises in Fountain Square, Indianapolis (photo taken from Google Maps)

Here below is a progress photo from the street.  1005 house has been removed and footings are underway.  It appears that the house to the left will be renovated in tandem with Sliver House (by others).

1005 Lexington Street Elevation (During) - Sliver House Rises in Fountain Square, Indianapolis - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles - GEM Homes - Christopher Short, Architect - Derek Mills - Paul Musielak, Builder
1005 Lexington Street Elevation (During) – Sliver House Rises in Fountain Square, Indianapolis (November 2018)

Foundations Begin

Spread footers are being formed in this view from the rear of the property looking north-northeast.

Foundation Forms - Sliver House Rises in Fountain Square, Indianapolis - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles - GEM Homes - Christopher Short, Architect - Derek Mills - Paul Musielak, Builder
Foundation Forms – Sliver House Rises in Fountain Square, Indianapolis (November 2018 – photo by GEM Homes)

This particular 10″ wide CMU wall anchors one of the shear wall locations.  Eventually, contractor will fill respective CMU cores with grout to tie-together the rebar reinforcing and shear rods/sheathing.  We look forward to seeing framing happen in late November 2018.

The client hasn’t asked us about exterior cladding materials.  Nevertheless, they have clad the one-car garage in a medium gray corrugated siding.  On inquiry, we learned the plan to clad upper two stories of the house in same siding.  Of course, we are hoping to maintain the original concepts, which can be achieved with various materials as long as the transitions and relationships stay intact.

Foundation Detail - Sliver House Rises in Fountain Square, Indianapolis - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles - GEM Homes - Christopher Short, Architect - Derek Mills - Paul Musielak, Builder
Foundation Detail – Sliver House Rises in Fountain Square, Indianapolis (November 2018 – photo by GEM Homes)

One-Car Garage Framing + Cladding

Here is a view from the alley of the new Sliver House garage structure and cladding.  These are tight quarters for sure.  Developer said that this gray corrugated siding will be same cladding used on the upper 2-story volume.  This might not be too bad if the details are good.

Garage Metal Panel Cladding - Sliver House Rises in Fountain Square, Indianapolis - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles - GEM Homes - Christopher Short, Architect - Derek Mills - Paul Musielak, Builder
Garage Metal Panel Cladding – Sliver House Rises in Fountain Square, Indianapolis (November 2018)

Framing on primary structure is underway.

Framing Begins - Sliver House Rises in Fountain Square, Indianapolis - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles - GEM Homes - Christopher Short, Architect - Derek Mills - Paul Musielak, Builder
Framing Begins – Sliver House Rises in Fountain Square, Indianapolis (December 2018 – photo by GEM Homes)

 

Going Vertical

It is always exciting to see the project go vertical.  Initially, we want to see if it is the correct size and shape and how does it “feel”?  Next, are the details correct?

The overall massing and proportions look correct.  But here on the front elevation, we noticed that framers added a flat 8′-0″ ceiling to the front third floor balcony.  Firstly, this top balcony is to be vaulted and feel spacious, so we are working to get that corrected so as to maintain the distinct front “frame” motif and balcony volume.  Also, development team has downsized and/or eliminated some windows and doors without Architect review or endorsement.

We communicated the concern about the front balcony to the build team and they agreed to remove the flat ceiling framing in the front 8′-0″ or so until reaching the shear wall to the left.  Builder said he has ideas for the flat ceiling toward the back and wants to leave it toward rear of balcony.  To be sure, we are happy for a small victory in maintaining partial front elevation design integrity.  And looking forward, we eagerly anticipate further progress.

Front Elevation Framing Progress (North Exterior Context Elevation) - Sliver House, 1005 Lexington Avenue - Fountain Square, Indianapolis - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Architects - GEM Homes, Paul Musielak
Front Elevation Framing Progress (North Exterior Context Elevation) – Sliver House, 1005 Lexington Avenue – Fountain Square, Indianapolis (December 2018)

 

Main Interior Width Feels Fine- Sliver House, 1005 Lexington Avenue - Fountain Square, Indianapolis - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Architects - GEM Homes, Paul Musielak
Main Interior Width Feels Fine- Sliver House, 1005 Lexington Avenue – Fountain Square, Indianapolis (December 2018)

 

Central Stair + Light Shaft brings light to living core all levels (framing stage) - Sliver House, 1005 Lexington Avenue - Fountain Square, Indianapolis - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Architects - GEM Homes, Paul Musielak
Central Stair + Light Shaft brings light to living core all levels (framing stage) – Sliver House, 1005 Lexington Avenue (December 2018)
Rear Elevation Framing Progress - Sliver House, 1005 Lexington Avenue - Fountain Square, Indianapolis - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Architects - GEM Homes, Paul Musielak
Rear Elevation Framing Progress – Sliver House, 1005 Lexington Avenue – Fountain Square, Indianapolis (December 2018)

 

Front 3rd Floor Balcony (looking north during framing stage) - Sliver House, 1005 Lexington Avenue - Fountain Square, Indianapolis - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Architects - GEM Homes, Paul Musielak
Front 3rd Floor Balcony (looking north during framing stage) – Sliver House, 1005 Lexington Avenue – Fountain Square, Indianapolis (December 2018)

 

West Context Exterior Elevation (Framing Stage) - Sliver House, 1005 Lexington Avenue - Fountain Square, Indianapolis - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Architects - GEM Homes, Paul Musielak
West Context Exterior Elevation (Framing Stage) – Sliver House, 1005 Lexington Avenue – Fountain Square, Indianapolis (December 2018)

Next Steps

Please check back for updates, as we’ll be adding news as the story unfolds!

01 Jul 2018
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Vintage Modern Garage

Background

Our clients for the Vintage Modern Garage project contacted us in early spring 2016 to assist with the design for a new large-scale, freestanding workshop to compliment their 1950’s Midcentury Modern residence that they had just recently acquired in the Lakeside neighborhood on the northwest side of Indianapolis.  They were looking for the right architect to match their overall aesthetic initially for the garage.  In addition, they needed oversight of the primary residence renovations, including interiors.  So, HAUS assisted with an overall master plan respecting the Midcentury spirit of the original home and site.

The new garage location was to replace a former in-ground swimming pool that had just recently been removed.  The topography of the site and garage location was a challenge, but these unique challenges usually help inspire something extra in the end product, and we saw great potential for refinement at this already established property.  This home has an intriguing story that we will let our clients tell later, but they essentially rescued the property from its prior illicit occupancy, with a prior owner extraction involving the DEA.

Before contacting HAUS, client had already hired a general contractor and landscape designer/builder.  One of the biggest project priorities was budget.  They had already begun some design scopes with the contractor and landscape company.  However, they felt they needed more help to achieve strong architectural design concepts to compliment their vision for the Midcentury Modern site.  We are happy that client invited us to help.  Helping achieve a comprehensive design vision is what we do best.

Design

When we design, we keep budget in-mind, but we have to let the ideas flow freely; we know we can always dial-back the scope or complexity.  The key is to be sure to come-up with an excellent idea.  From there, we work-out the details and see how it can fit the budget.  If the design solutions motivates the client, they may also consider increasing the budget.  For many of our projects, it can be compromise of all those options (size, complexity, quality, timeline, budget).

The workshop design solution maximized the footprint and height allowed per zoning while working to compliment the original primary structure up the hill.  The sloping topography of the site made connections between house and accessory structure challenging, requiring retaining walls which became an integral part of the architectural design solution.  Workshop and lower level of house are essentially aligned, and the former house auto court (original garage was at basement level of house) will become an outdoor garden terrace connecting house lower level to new auto workshop.

The architecture of the workshop compliments the house with the use of a shed roof that pops-up revealing a 3-sided translucent acrylic clerestory wrap that reveals the wood structure while flooding the interior with natural light.  Clear glass overhead doors reveal the vintage cars inside while allowing more views and light.  Finishes compliment the original house with gray and stained siding a match to house.  Furthermore, concrete retaining walls compliment house limestone cladding.

The initial phases of this project including most exterior and interior scopes are complete.  Our client is still continuing forward with some details on their own time.  Please check-back as we will be adding to the story.


Project Info – Vintage Modern Garage:

Architecture/Renderings/Photography: HAUS | Architecture (Chris Short + Paul Reynolds)
General Contractor:  Thrine Construction
Landscape Design/Build: Start to Finish Landscaping, Inc.


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Design Process – Vintage Modern Garage

Stay tuned for more updates, as we will be adding to this story, including the design phase and before-photographs.

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Scandinavian Rustic Cabin

Scandinavian Rustic Cabin located in Carmel, IN began master planning first of the year 2015, and re-construction was completed before the fall holidays.

The design of this 1990’s shingle-style rustic cabin was primarily based around the desire for a more open and light-filled interior, with better connections to its beautiful site.  It was a really interesting and ongoing design-dialogue … how to effectively mix pre-existing rustic features (log-cabin walls, brick floors) with new modern features (cabinetry, fireplace surrounds, details, hardware).  The same questions came up over and over for each specification, finish, and detail.  Should it lean more rustic, more modern, or somewhere in-between?  The contrast between rustic and modern details and materials provides for a rich and unique experience inside and out with a result that in many ways reveals a Scandinavian vibe mixed with Rustic.

We have just begun to document this project, so please check-back as we will be posting periodic updates, Owner feedback, and backstory.


Project Info – Scandinavian Rustic Cabin:

Architecture/Interior Design/Renderings/Photography: HAUS | Architecture
Construction Management: Blaze Construction


 

Progress – Scandinavian Rustic Cabin

Owner forwarded an evening photo of the living room fireplace that we modified with a new hearth + steel cladding and light reveal – #ambience

Scandinavian Rustic Cabin Modern Steel Fireplace - HAUS Architecture, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect
Scandinavian Rustic Cabin Modern Steel Fireplace