Curb Appeal - Modern Colonial distinguishes itself among streetscape of generic McMansions - Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills - Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles On approach, home presents a simple, semi-formal geometry featuring oversized windows, wood screenwall, with modern flat roof and rainchain detail - Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills - Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles The design is rooted in tradition, with details that are distinctly modern - Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills - Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles On approach, home presents a simple, semi-formal geometry featuring oversized windows, wood screenwall, with modern flat roof and rainchain detail - Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills - Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles Puja (prayer room) is veiled in a sliding wood screenwall - Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills - Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles Ipe wood sliding screenwall detail (Puja) - Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills - Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles Coxhill Gardens tower in distance - Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills - Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles Entry Detail includes sliding Ipe wood screenwall, extended metal scupper with rainchain, modern flat entry roof, and oversized windows - Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills - Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles Refined details help distinguish new residence in suburbia - Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills - Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles Design blends modern details with traditional gable-roof massing and materials - Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills - Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles West Exterior Elevation - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills - Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles Rear gables frame elevated couryard and balcony - Sunroom overlooks gardens and future pool area - Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills - Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles Colonial Modern Complete - Rear exterior elevations features elevated courtyard, cable-rail balcony, grill-station, and sunroom glazing - Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills - Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles Rear gables frame elevated couryard and balcony - Sunroom overlooks gardens and future pool area - Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills - Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles Front Exterior Elevation features modern entry with flat roof separating primary structure from Garage. Principles of Vaastu were utilized to include the entry orientation, Pooja prayer room, other details. Garage Modern Colonial House - Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles Rear Exterior Elevation features rear mini-courtyard with built-in grille station and chimney, loft balcony, and walkout access from three sides. Mini-Patio will step down to future pool in backyard - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles Front twilight exterior elevation features sliding screenwall, flat entry roof, and rainchain - Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills - Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles

Modern Colonial

Carmel

Check out this new Modern Colonial design that broke-ground in spring 2017 located in Towne Oak Estates just north of Coxhill Gardens.

Our physician clients with young children were looking to establish roots with a long-term home to raise their family on the north side.  They wanted their home to stand-out but fit-in.  In addition, they were interested in clean-lines, but within a traditional framework or style.  Many of the images they shared could be considered transitional, and most included a rich but simple material palette of wood and masonry paired with clean white walls, dark-painted window frames void of wall trims, and colorful culture-specific artworks and idols.

Vastu shastra was and is an important consideration in the design of this home (but not quite as important to our clients as the grandparents).  We integrated these principles for many major design considerations, but not all.  At HAUS, we like to latch-on to program-elements that are particularly unique to each client.  For this particular partnership, the Puja space was an aspect that we could design around.  We were able to highlight the Puja as an architectural feature accentuated on the front elevation with a contrasting natural wood material inside and out.

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Project Info – New Modern Colonial House:

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


Design Process:

Front Exterior Elevation features modern entry with flat roof separating primary structure from Garage. Principles of Vaastu were utilized to include the entry orientation, Pooja prayer room, other details. Garage Modern Colonial House - Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Front exterior elevation features modern entry with flat roof separating primary structure from garage.  At Owner request, design-team integrated principles of vastu shastra to include main entry orientation, puja prayer room, and other details.  Modern Colonial House – Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana

 

Rear Exterior Elevation features rear mini-courtyard with built-in grille station and chimney, loft balcony, and walkout access from three sides. Mini-Patio will step down to future pool in backyard - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Rear exterior elevation features rear elevated mini-courtyard with built-in grille station and chimney, loft balcony, and walkout access from three sides.  Private court will step down to future pool in backyard.  Modern Colonial House – Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana

Construction Process – New Modern Colonial House

Excavation + Footings

Ground has been broken and footings cast - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Build team has broken-ground and cast footings (spring 2017).

 

Ground has been broken and footings cast - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Ground is broken and footings are cast (spring 2017).

 

Cast-in-place Basement Walls

Basement Walls Cast (view from rear/backyard) - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Basement Walls Cast (view from rear/backyard) (spring 2017).

 

Basement foundation walls and slab have been cast and slab joints cut - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Basement foundation walls and sawcuts complete (spring 2017).

 

Framing Begins

Wood floor framing is underway - this photo captures the east bay window, which was reduced in scope for budgetary reasons - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Wood floor framing is underway.  This photo captures the east bay window.  Team reduced walk-out scope for budgetary reasons (spring 2017).

 

View from southeast captures first floor wall framing progress - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
View from southeast captures first floor wall framing progress (summer 2017).

 

First floor wall sheathing underway in this west elevation - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
First floor wall sheathing underway in this west elevation (summer 2017).

 

Southeast elevation captures first floor wall sheathing completion - the current form could easily be a one-story modern home, but for this project, we are just getting started - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Southeast elevation captures first floor wall sheathing completion – (summer 2017).

 

Southeast elevation captures first floor wall sheathing completion - the current form could easily be a one-story modern home, but for this project, we are just getting started - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Southeast elevation captures first floor wall sheathing completion.  This form could easily be a one-story modern home.  However, this home will be two-story.  Modern Colonial House – Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, IN – (summer 2017).

 

Second Floor Framing Begins

Front northwest view captures 2nd Level wall framing progress - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Front northwest view captures 2nd Level wall framing progress – Modern Colonial House – Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana (summer 2017).

 

Southwest elevation captures second floor framing, sheathing, and weather-resistive-barrier appliation - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Southwest elevation captures second floor framing, sheathing, and weather-resistive-barrier application.  Modern Colonial House – Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana (summer 2017).

 

Front approach view with new roof framing underway - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Front approach view with new roof framing underway – Modern Colonial House – Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana (fall 2017).

 

West, southwest progress view with new roof framing underway - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
West, southwest progress view with new roof framing underway.  Modern Colonial House – Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana (fall 2017).

 

Roof Framing Nears Completion

South progress view - great to see the roofs going-on and how the massing feels - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
In this south-yard view, it’s great to see the roofs going-on and the massing feels good.  Modern Colonial House – Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana (fall 2017).

 

West elevation view with new roof framing mostly completed - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
West elevation view with new roof framing mostly completed.  Modern Colonial House – Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana (fall 2017).

 

Weathered-in

Front exterior elevations as weathered-in awaiting roofing and brick - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Front exterior framing is nearing completion.  Modern Colonial House – Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana (winter 2017-18)

 

Front entry detail view - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Front entry detail view – Modern Colonial House – Towne Oak Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana (winter 2017-18).

 

View from Pooja/Home Office area directly south through patio doors - loft looks down from above - fireplace to the right will span both levels - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
View from Puja/Home Office area directly south through patio doors – loft looks down from above – fireplace to the right will span both levels (winter 2017-18).

 

Window Installations

South elevation progress with window installtion underway - Plastic area to the right will be clad in greenhouse glass walls and roof - Built-in Grille area has yet to frame - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Window installation is underway.  Plastic area to the right will be clad in greenhouse glass walls and roof.  Built-in grille area has yet to frame (winter 2017-18).

 

Southeast view as we await the corner greenhouse installation - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Southeast view as we await the corner greenhouse installation (winter 2017-18).

 

Interior view from living area looking to dining/kitchen area - kitchen to have cabinets above the horizontal windows - stair to left is a temporary construction stair - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Here is an nterior view from living area looking to dining/kitchen area.  Kitchen wall will have cabinets above the horizontal windows.  Stair to left is a temporary construction stair (winter 2017-18).

 

Brick Veneer Installation

Owner selected a low-cost brick masonry product that will receive an off-white paint coating when completed - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Owner selected a low-cost brick masonry product that will receive an off-white paint coating when completed (spring 2018).

 

Brick installation is nearing completion and awaits painted finish (west elevation) - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Brick installation is nearing completion and awaits painted finish (west elevation) (spring 2018).

 

Rear, south-facing elevation - Owner selected a low-cost brick masonry product that will receive an off-white paint coating when completed - Modern Colonial House - Towne Oaks Estates, Steffe Drive, Carmel, Indiana - Christopher Short, Derek Mills, Paul Reynolds, Indianapolis Architects, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
At rear, south-facing elevation, Owner selected a low-cost brick masonry product.  This is because it will receive an off-white paint coating when completed (spring 2018).

 

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Next steps in construction will include back greenhouse wrap, painted brick, and interior progress now that drywall has been completed!