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.
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.
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
Framing Process Goes Vertical
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.
Roof Truss Installation Day
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.
Client Site Visit
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.
Shou Sugi Ban Siding
More Framing Progress Views
Exterior Sheathing Substantial Completion
Cabinetry + Finish Carpentry Installations Begin
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Please check-back as we will be posting updates periodically – you won’t want to miss the upcoming progress!