Lakeside Modern Cottage located in Unionville, IN broke ground in fall 2017 for a an extended family retreat located right on beautiful Lake Lemon south of Martinsville and north of Bloomington.
Our client has owned this property for about 25 years and it has served as primarily a weekend destination during that time. The site and lake is a fabulous family recreation spot for all water-activities, and this particular site abuts a protected forest preserve on one side with no worry of future development. As some surrounding neighbors have been renovating their properties, our client decided it was time to do the same and invest in the long-term for themselves and future generations.
The design transforms the pre-existing cottage built in the 1970s with a new modern design solution that completely breaks the architectural design expectation for the area. It was important to have enough space and beds for large family stays, so much of the initial focus was on providing enough sleep-space and support facilities for bigger groups. On initial discussions, we were under the impression that or clients wanted to continue the design theme of the existing waterfront (traditional), but perhaps dial-up the level of design, detail, and quality to fit-in. Our early concepts did just that while adding a new master suite, enhanced bedrooms with bunk space, screened porch, enhanced kitchen, wet-bar, fireplace, laundry, bathrooms, and living spaces while infilling the space between house and garage. To that point, our discussions had focused mostly on the functional and budgetary aspects of the project. Once we got a good start on those issues, the discussions turned to the exterior and interior aesthetics.
Our client shared a few images and surprised us with a desire and means to go modern. Months later, the client remembered that Chris’ eyes lit-up when the conversation went that direction. That’s probably true, but for the record, HAUS enjoys all types of architecture including the nuances of each client relationship and resulting design solutions. We love that our clients challenge us and Don/JoAnn have done just that; what a pleasure it is to work with such fun people.
HAUS’ sister company, WERK | Building Modern, is the construction manager for the project, so we get to be involved in every aspect of the project daily. Our best projects are the projects where we are the builder and are able to protect the vision. With the process, the client and project benefit from the daily involvement of the Architect within the construction process; every design, detail, and cost decision goes through the Owner and Architect, which is really important if design is a priority. Thanks to Chris Adams for his daily oversight, framing, and trim carpentry work. Thanks to all of the other trade contractors, many of whom we are working with for the first time due to the project’s location.
The construction of this project is underway, so please check-back as we will be posting periodic updates as we move forward. We expect substantial completion in late summer 2018.
Project Info – Lakeside Modern Cottage:
Architecture/Interior Design/Renderings/Process Photography: HAUS | Architecture (Chris Short + Derek Mills)
Construction Management: WERK | Building Modern (Derek Mills, Chris Short)
Construction Process – Lakeside Modern Cottage
The two large windows on top of the two-story volume are the locations of the matching bunk platforms that have their own nook inside two of the four upstairs bedrooms.
This raised ceiling accommodates clerestory below to bring south light over the covered porch (covered porch not framed yet in this photograph), but also forms the base for the upstairs raised bunk nooks overlooking the lake. Our clients say these bunk spaces are the most popular and talked-about feature of the project when they give tours.
After this photo was taken, a few weeks later, Don and JoAnn brought JoAnn’s father down for a visit recently (he just turned 100-years-old this year). He said, “this is just how grandpa would have built it”. Grandpa was JoAnn’s grandpa, her mother’s father – a builder from his day. JoAnn said we now have validation from her father, which is a good feeling.
Please check-back as we will be posting updates periodically – you won’t want to miss the upcoming progress!