G BLOC Live + Work received an Achievement Award for Real Estate Development and also an Achievement Award for Neighborhood Revitalization. Below, Paul, Derek, Ashleigh, Tom, and Chris were on-hand to celebrate the achievement.
Thanks to the many partners, collaborators, and supporters who helped us cross the finish line on this challenging opportunity! #indychamber
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) mandated by the State of California override local planning regulations to permit a second unit on almost any single-family zoned property. The law also allows any single-family zoned lot to be subdivided into two parcels. Additionally, it allows ADUs to be built with just a four-foot setback or no setback at the new interior property line of a subdivided parcel, in contrast with most towns, which have setbacks of more than 7 feet, up to 30 feet. It also mandates very relaxed parking requirements or no parking if the project is near public transit.
Is California paving the way for ADUs across the US?
This is an excellent article from GBRI (Green Building Research Institute) giving an overview of global warming concepts, history, and science. Check-out the article and the informative links.
“Today, climate change is a well-known fact, but for years it was a hotly debated topic. While there are still some climate deniers, the majority of people have finally accepted the harsh truth that we’re facing. There’s no longer room for debate – we’ve had the 10 warmest years ever recorded since 2005, and hundreds of species are at risk if we continue on this path. We’re at risk to lose entire cities, as increased temperatures cause sea levels to rise.
There have been plenty of warning signs over the years. We can look back at the past century and see exactly what was happening. So, what did the earth look like before climate change? What will it look like in the future? This article will act as a climate time machine, taking you back to look at the changing climate over the years. Then, we’ll consider what these changes mean for us in the present day, what the future looks like, and, perhaps most importantly – whose problem is it, really?”
We have been keeping our eyes on the lumber and other construction inflation for the past many months. After dropping dramatically in mid to late 2021, we have noticed the lumber prices have again appeared to rise into early 2022.
This article link gives insight to the latest trends affecting the lumber industry.
Code Red: UN Report details how climate change is affecting the earth.
What can we do to help? We continue to integrate resilience and energy efficiency goals into our design + build process whether or not our clients are requesting it (many clients are, some are not). We are being proactive and making sure our clients have the latest information to informatively make their final choices and decisions.
Contact us for a deeper dive into this very important topic and our process!
The lumber price explosion has been a hot topic for about 9 months, and the story continues.
Up to now, we have blamed COVID mainly, but also the cold weather event in Texas. But there are some other factors at play also, per this attached article from Visual Capitalist.
These extraordinary events and costs are certainly affecting the construction industry. However, all indicators are telling us that the design + construction markets remain as hot as ever. How much will these circumstances affect your decision to renovate or build new?
2020 is challenging us on various fronts beyond crazy architectural details and a worldwide virus without a cure. Now racial awareness issues have again come to the forefront and have challenged us to be better as a nation and as a people.
Architectural details are not a new thing, just tools to help solve functional problems, ideally with aesthetic benefit.
Viruses are not a new thing either. But most of us have not experienced this level of interruption to our daily routines from the threat of sickness.
And now the topic of racial diversity is before us front-and-center. How our differences affect all levels of the life experience has become a most urgent focus society-wide.
Is it possible to put all of these things together to make a difference and help spur positive change?
As we ponder how we can help, many of our “solutions” center on the things we know. For us, that is urban planning and architecture.
Is there any learning from the past that can help guide us? Perhaps. One particular effort comes to-mind. We dusted-off this thesis project from 1992 to see what motivated us to tackle similar issues almost 30 years ago.
Unification Memorial: Catalyst for Social Change – A learning resources center specifically attempting to raise awareness and shape views of past and existing racial diversity in the United States.
Is it naive to think that the process and result of creating a significant socially-conscious multi-purpose civic resource (a building) can serve as a “catalyst for social change”?
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! 🙂
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!
Derek Mills shares his experiences in designing residential architecture + interiors at the September AIA-American Institute of Architects public forum hosted by The Platform at the City Market, downtown Indianapolis.
Dezeen Magazine features HAUS project in February 2018 – “Haus overhauls midcentury modern home in Indiana woods”. Check out the link and story here! This project is an example of a passionate client pulling together an excellent and complete team of professionals to dream and execute a complete vision inside and out. Thanks to everyone!
This Dwell Magazine article The House of a Lifetime examines how Philip Isaacson from Lewistown, Maine commissioned an architect to design their home in 1959. “You have to educate yourself when you select an architect,” Isaacson says. “You have to find one that has the right approach, an attitude that you can feel throughout his or her work. You have to appreciate that attitude and admire it enough to want them to carry it into the house.”
Slow Architecture – We are intrigued by this article about “Slow Philosophy – doing things at the right speed/pace” and how it may apply to architecture. We are saving it here for future reference. It’s true that American society always seems in a big rush, and we sometimes feel pressured to go faster and faster. Is faster better, or is it better to savor the journey, not just the finish line?
The Time, Cost, Quality trio is always a valuable thing to discuss with our clients. Do they want it fast and cheap? If yes, then the quality is going to be low. Do they want high quality and a reasonable price? Then time may be the sacrifice. As with all design + construction projects, one needs to find the right balance of client priorities translated into the dream and then executed accordingly in built form.
A door is just an entry to another space, right? Not in these projects, where the passage into another room is an experience in itself.
These homes have converted regular doors into art pieces. Take a peek inside to see how you might use a flea market find, a family heirloom or a souvenir from foreign lands.
Old Wood, New Look
If you can’t find an antique door you like, you can always recycle wood to replicate the same aesthetic.
A carpenter was going to fabricate the doors for this bathroom, but the client found a vendor who reworks reclaimed barn wood into doors for about $250 to $300 per door. It gives a nice texture and warmth to the modern bathroom, says Christopher Short, principal architect at HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles. They were installed with inexpensive barn door hardware.
If there is old paint on the doors, people may want to consider sealing them with a satin finish to maintain their rustic quality, Short says.
“Using old doors is a great way to recycle while maintaining character of an original historic space, even if they were not originally part of that same structure,” he says.