These are crazier times. At this point, we have now been confined to our homes for a couple of weeks. Most certainly, “Social distancing” is a term we are now very familiar with (and likely tired of hearing).
Also, we have learned a lot about what is “essential” and “not essential”. As we may or may not be developing some degree of cabin fever, we can probably agree that the environments that we have created for ourselves help contribute to our degree of well-being.
Is your environment functioning ideally – or are there things you would change? What is most important during a time of crisis? Is your home supporting the daily, intensified needs of your family and loved-ones?
Thanks to our clients and team members for their flexibility. We’re thankful we are able to continue forward as an essential activity utilizing safe means and methods in our daily work.
Everyone, please stay safe out there!
And finally, thanks, Lance and Laura for brightening our Friday with the card and update from Michigan! 🙂
We are happy to report that framers have completed most rough-framing at Bridge House.
February weather was “brutal”. Now that windows are installed and with even colder weather coming, it’s time to focus on inside work. Indeed, the upcoming week’s forecast says highs in the low-teens. Let the craft rough-ins commence!
See the latest project progress photos in the project page here!
One of our favorite publishers called this week, and will feature a story about modern lakehouse, “Esther” that they’ll release in April.
Concurrently, we had been planning a late winter trip to gather missing key shots. Equally important, we want to finish our own story about the project. Happily, we were able to get the missing information and share with the editors.
This was our second official collaboration with this most talented client – and we hope not the last!
At last, we are excited to report that the new minimalist modern house at Indian Head Park is substantially complete!
In this case, we helped our client by conceptualizing and clearly communicating a comprehensive design vision inside and out. In effect, this bold design leadership helped give client confidence to proceed forward with community approvals, building permits, and construction.
Esther at Clearwater is on the AIA Home Tour this fall in mid-September, so we hope we’ll see you there! Our wonderful client has been living in the home for almost a year. Final touches are rounding into shape, including some exterior details including new landscaping.
We have completed some new photos in the Dining Room and other areas for the Classic Irvington Modern Tudor project. We will be posting more updates in the near future, so stay-tuned for more #modern #interiors.
The front area of this labor-of-love has remained virtually unchanged since 2002, having been part of the initial Phase One work that was started in 1998. Dining chairs are Jacobsen Series 7 with custom-made dining table by WERK | Building Modern. Buffet table is from IKEA, and the Eames Lounge and Ottoman with black leather and Cherry veneer acquired from Herman Miller in 1994. The two large art pieces were commissioned from local artist, Kyle Ragsdale in 2005 – the blue and yellow oil pieces on canvas were artist’s interpretations of desired color palette, size, and theme for each piece, which had predetermined locations in-mind.
When San Francisco transplants Alan and Deborah Leerkamp decided to lay down roots in the Midwest with young daughter Samuelle, they knew they’d be hard-pressed to find an open-concept home in a neighborhood where the vast majority of homes built in the 20s and 30s have remained untouched. Instead, they focused their efforts on finding a house in the best location: a place close to school and work with a strong sense of community, where they could walk or bike just about anywhere they needed to go.
Just a few miles north of a vibrant, rapidly shifting downtown Indianapolis, IN lies Broad Ripple Village, a walkable community long known for its tree-lined streets and traditional homes with coffee, groceries, breweries, and a great spot to brunch right around the corner. After finding a 1920s Craftsman in the heart of the neighborhood, Deborah, an art director and designer, began planning and sketching an entirely new layout that worked for their family and lifestyle — although you’d never guess such a colorful, open space was behind the front door of the quaint bungalow.
With the help of a local architect, Deborah’s vision for a welcoming, modern home came to life. By opening up the attic, exposing beams, and tearing out walls, she created a unified space that invited conversation and quality time for the close-knit family of three; a lively home where Samuelle would love growing up. The couple added unexpected, playful elements they dreamed of having in their own childhoods: a secret treehouse loft accessed by a rope ladder and a big yellow tube slide from the main level to the basement playroom for Samuelle and her friends (and sometimes adults, too!). The main living quarters consist of the open-concept great room, two bedrooms, bathrooms, and an office that feels proportionate to their family on a daily basis, but their nest can expand when the family needs a little extra space. A creative room with soaring ceilings connects the main house to a private guest loft for visiting family and friends.
The Leerkamps have created a home that is honest, approachable, and so uniquely them — a home that not only serves their needs, but one that brings them true joy. Their home is a reflection of who they are: welcoming, genuine, and warm people who seek a life well-lived. It serves as a reminder to break the rules sometimes, to create homes that truly represent who we are and make us smile when we open the door after a long day. —Kate
San Francisco transplants turn the interior of a 1920s bungalow into their own Broad Ripple playground.
By Taylor Ellis
Photography by Tony Valainis
When Deborah Jacobs and Alan Leerkamp moved to Indy from California, they captured Broad Ripple’s playful, artsy spirit in their bungalow just south of the main strip like they’d been living in the area for years. That’s what happens – even if unintentionally – when great creative minds collaborate: Deborah, an art director and designer who has refurbished the homes of Google employees, partnered with HAUS, a local architecture studio with a contemporary edge, on a six-month renovation project. “They really get it,” says Chris Short, principal architect at HAUS. “Most people don’t have those kinds of [creative] interests and skills. We were speaking the same language.”