Exterior southwest highlights new horizontal orientation contrasted with the main living space two-story volume - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders Exterior southwest highlights screened porch and south porch with overlooking bunk rooms - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders

Lakeside Modern Cottage

Unionville, IN

Story

Lakeside Modern Cottage located in Unionville, IN broke ground in fall 2017 for a an extended family retreat.  This project is located right on beautiful Lake Lemon south of Martinsville and north of Bloomington.

Our client has owned this property for over 25 years and it has served as primarily a weekend destination.  Unquestionably, the site and lake is a fabulous family recreation spot for all water-activities.  As a matter of fact, this particular site abuts a protected forest preserve on one side with no worry of future development.  In addition, a few neighbors have been renovating their properties, and our client decided it was time to do the same.  By investing in the long-term for themselves and younger generations, our client is raising the bar for the area.

Design Process

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.

Please check back as we will be sharing project design process.

Construction

HAUS’ sister company, WERK | Building Modern, is the construction manager for the project.  So fortunately, we are involved in every aspect of the project from beginning to end.  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  trade contractors, many of whom we are working with for the first time.  This is because of the project location.

The construction of this project is underway, so please check-back for ongoing updates!  Indeed, we expect substantial completion in late fall 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

Demolition Begins

Demolition on existing property is just beginning with exterior siding removal - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Demolition on existing property is just beginning with exterior siding removal – Lakeside Modern Cottage (fall 2017).

 

Framing Process Goes Vertical

View from the south during the framing stage - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
View from the south during the framing stage – Lakeside Modern Cottage (winter 2017-18).

 

View from the north during the framing stage - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
View from the north during the framing stage – Lakeside Modern Cottage (winter 2017-18).

 

Main building forms beginning to take shape (viewed from lakeside) - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Main building forms beginning to take shape (viewed from lakeside) – Lakeside Modern Cottage (spring 2018).

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.

Crane maxed-out it's reach during the roof truss installations due to the sloping site and limited staging access points - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Crane maxed-out it’s reach during the roof truss installations due to the sloping site and limited staging access points – Lakeside Modern Cottage (spring 2018).

 

Roof trusses with integral parapets are great for flat roofs in residential construction - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Roof trusses with integral parapets are great for flat roofs in residential construction – Lakeside Modern Cottage (spring 2018).

 

Crane maxed-out it's reach during the roof truss installations due to the sloping site and limited staging access points - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Crane maxed-out it’s reach during the roof truss installations due to the sloping site and limited staging access points.  This view is through main building entrance to cul de sac – Lakeside Modern Cottage (spring 2018).

 

Roof Truss Installation Day

Truss and miscellaneous roof framing progressing - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Truss and miscellaneous roof framing progressing – Lakeside Modern Cottage (spring 2018).

 

Sunrise over lake in late 2017 on an early morning at the jobsite - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Sunrise over lake on an early morning at the job-site (winter 2017-18).

 

Steel beam and column do some heavy lifting to help achieve the new design concepts - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Steel beam and column do some heavy lifting to help achieve the new design concepts (winter 2017-18).

 

View of the south clerestory windows and raised ceiling - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
View of the south clerestory windows and raised ceiling (winter 2017-18).

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.  During project tours, client family and friends seem most intrigued by the loft bed platforms above the clerestory windows.

View from kitchen to new panoramic lake view - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
View from kitchen to new panoramic lake view (winter 2017-18).

 

On approach to the property from the north cul-de-sac, house is tucked half-way down the hill. Two story portion of the home pops-ups above flanking flat roofs - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
On approach to the property from the north cul de sac, house is tucked half-way down the hill.  Two story portion of the home pops-up above flanking flat roofs (spring 2018).

 

Client Site Visit

Our clients were excited to see recent progress, including the recent upper roof truss installations - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Our clients were excited to see recent progress, including the recent upper roof truss installations (spring 2018).

 

Our clients were excited to see recent progress including the high roof truss installations - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Checking-out site progress during site meeting (spring 2018).

 

Our clients are having fun seeing the recent roof truss installation for the first time - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Fun to visualize how the siding will look now that we can get a real visual on-site (spring 2018).

 

Front vaulted ceilings with clerestory windows will bring natural light from the south exposure over covered porch into living spaces - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Front vaulted ceilings with clerestory windows will bring natural light from the south exposure over covered porch into living spaces (spring 2018).

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.

Wall and roof framing looking upward from lakeside elevation - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Wall and roof framing looking upward from lakeside elevation (spring 2018).

 

Front vaulted ceilings with clerestory windows will bring natural light from the south exposure over covered porch into living spaces - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Front vaulted ceilings with clerestory windows will bring natural light from the south exposure over covered porch into living spaces (spring 2018).

 

New steel beams open the interiors for more flexibility and space for unimpeded family recreation - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
New steel beams open the interiors for more flexibility and space for unimpeded family recreation (spring 2018).

 

Shou Sugi Ban Siding

Finish exterior siding from Texas (Delta Millworks - Accoya, TX Barnwood, HMS Black)) has arrived safely - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Finish exterior siding from Texas (Delta Millworks – Accoya, TX Barnwood, HMS Black)) has arrived safely (spring 2018).

More Framing Progress Views

Upper roof finished-off - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Upper roof rough framing completed (spring 2018).

 

Bedroom Loft view from SE bedroom looking toward lake - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Bedroom loft view from SE bedroom looking toward lake – this is one of the most talked-about and unique features of the project (summer 2018).

 

Framing progress view from northside - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Framing Progress (north elevation) – workers have installed exterior ZIP sheathing and windows, and roofers are ready to complete roofing.  Flat roofs are EPDM and will be covered in a dark gravel.  Shed roof will be standing seam in a pre-weathered galvalume finish by McElroy (Summer 2018).

 

Entry Skylights + Clerestory Transom Window borrow light from north elevation into 2nd Story hallway and 1st Floor living spaces - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Entry skylights + clerestory transom window borrow light from north-side into upper bedroom hallway and main lower level living spaces.  Client with trim carpenter team plans to furnish the entry gallery with wall-hung family artifacts highlighted with track-mounted spotlights (Summer 2018).

 

Exterior Sheathing Substantial Completion

South Elevation progress includes final sheathing, window installations, and porch roof overhang - ZIP Sheathing System - Flat Roofs, Sliding Glass Wall - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Lakeside elevation progress includes final sheathing, window installations, and porch roof overhang (Summer 2018).

 

Special Roof Drainage Canopy Channel - Delta Millworks - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Special Roof Drainage Canopy Channel (Summer 2018)

 

Shou Sugi Ban Detail - Delta Millworks - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Shou Sugi Ban Detail – Delta Millworks (Summer 2018)

 

Rough-In Stage

Interior Rough-Ins Progressing - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Interior Rough-Ins Progressing (Summer 2018)

 

Cabinetry + Finish Carpentry Installations Begin

Cabinetry Installation Day - Delta Millworks - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Custom Cabinetry Installation Day – Delta Millworks (Summer 2018)

 

Custom Cabinet at Clerestory - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Custom Cabinet at Clerestory (Fall 2018)

 

Neighboring Forest Preserve - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Neighboring Forest Preserve (Fall 2018)

 

Interior Painting Progress - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Interior Painting Progress (Fall 2018)

 

Master Vanity Progress - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Master Vanity Progress (Fall 2018)

Ready for Finish Carpentry

Now that crews have completed flooring, cabinetry, and tile, the final piece on the interior is finish carpentry.  The fireplace wrap, architectural stair, and furnishings will tie up the remaining interior touches.  We are really excited about the design of these details and helping coordinate their installation to finish.

Main Living Spaces are nearing completion - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Main Living Spaces are nearing completion (November 2018)

 

Here below we can see how the exterior siding looks wrapping the gas fireplace enclosure.  Blackened steel wraps the fascias above and below fireplace, including the recess returns.

Gas fireplace enclosure is wrapped in Shou Sugi Ban Siding - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Gas fireplace enclosure is wrapped in Shou Sugi Ban Siding (December 2018)

 

Master Shower Detail - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Master Shower Detail (December 2018)

 

Our cabinetry on all main level living spaces is custom-fabricated.  However, areas such as closets, laundry, and guest vanities are tailored from prefabricated stock.  In the photo below we can see thoughtful accommodations including open hanging space and drawers below.  In addition, adjustable LED track-lighting provides the necessary illumination.

Master Closet Detail - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Master Closet Detail (December 2018)

 

Exterior Siding + Deck Progress

Once we weathered-in the house months prior, we weighted our focus on interior finish to keep that aspect rolling.  So as we can see below, exterior is just a bit behind interior progress.  Our friend Chris Adams is handling the rough carpentry, finish carpentry, flooring, and painting with limited crews.  Hence, we have worked with Chris to help coordinate and prioritize phases of work.

Here below, we have completed about 80% of exterior siding.  Besides the black siding, the team is also working to prefinish the clear white pine soffit materials.  Of course, this can be challenging in cold weather.  However, exterior lakeside decks can most certainly progress in the colder weather.  Also, we are working to reuse portions of existing decks where possible, and integrate some existing stone retaining walls.

Our supplier shipped the decking material from Miami by way of Italy.  This material comes in some interesting metric lengths which are shorter than other manufacturers.  For this reason, we have designed a specific deck and structural layout solution.

South Elevation Progress - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
South Elevation Progress (December 2018)

 

Metal Exterior Details

The exterior is taking shape, but the details will make it architecture.  In fact, we have some fine-tuning to complete.  In particular, the area between the two upper level lakeside windows is to be metal-panel siding, not wood.  For this reason, we’ll be removing siding between these windows, and our roofing contractor will install smooth black folded interlocking-seam panels with associated flashing for window alignment.

We have already met with roofer about this siding detail.  But concurrently, he will also be installing copings, metal roof fascias, and the custom roof scuppers and open face downspout details.  So, we’re excited to share our solutions for these details that address flat roof debris next to a heavily wooded location.

Shou Sugi Ban + Deck Framing Detail - Delta Millworks - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Shou Sugi Ban Siding + Deck Framing Detail (December 2018)

 

Open Riser Architectural Stair

We have saved the open riser architectural stair for last on the interior so that other work and trades wouldn’t be contributing wear-and-tear to the stair.  It was definitely worth the wait, and looks just as designed.  We used Eastern White Pine for the treads, glued-up Poplar for the stringers, and pre-manufactured railing components for the railing system (Viewrail).

Architectural Open-Riser Custom Stair - Lakeside Modern Cottage - Unionville, Indiana, Lake Lemon - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Architects, HAUS Architecture + WERK | Building Modern - Construction Managers - Architect Custom Builders
Architectural Open-Riser Custom Stair (May 2019)

Please check-back as we will be posting updates periodically – you won’t want to miss the upcoming progress!