Category: Sustainability

21 Dec 2023
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PHIUS Certified Builder Indianapolis

We are proud to announce that our associated partner and Indianapolis builder, WERK | Building Modern, is officially a PHIUS-Certified Builder.

Actually it’s not new news.  In early 2022, Paul Reynolds trained and passed the certification program with flying colors.

Since then, Paul and the team have been working diligently to integrate the new and continuous learning into our client projects.

So if you are interested in the latest news and knowledge about efficient design + build, HAUS and WERK have you covered!

PHIUS Certified Builder (WERK | Building Modern)

WERK | Building Modern - color logo - Indianapolis Construction Managers - Indianapolis Builders - Christopher Short - Derek Mills - Modern Construction

10 Nov 2022
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Modern Residential Project wins AIA Indiana 2022 Design Award

We are grateful to have received a design award for Back40House in Pendleton, Indiana at the AIA Indiana Design Awards 2022.

Paul and our clients participated in the ceremony, with the project receiving a Citation Award for Architecture (New Construction – Project Cost Less Than $5 Million).

Thanks to Brad and Nan Hayes for the opportunity to collaborate with them on the project’s architectural design, interior design, and construction management.

Thanks to AIA Indiana and award jurors for coordinating an excellent event!

14 Mar 2022
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Climate Change: Whose Problem Is It?

Climate Change:  Whose Problem Is It?

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.

Excerpt

“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?”

25 Feb 2022
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Lumber Prices Still Soaring

Lumber prices are still soaring, and not just because of COVID-19.

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.

09 Aug 2021
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Code Red for Humanity (Climate Crisis)

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!

01 Jun 2019
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Regional Modern Farmhouse Simmering

Regional Modern Farmhouse design + pricing is underway and just about ready to spring forward into construction.

This new modern house dubbed Back40House, will be located in Markleville, Indiana.  Our client’s family has owned the property since the 1800’s and we’ll be sharing that story.

So be sure to check back for updates to this project, designed by HAUS with construction management by WERK | Building Modern.  We have started a project page to share ongoing progress.

02 Mar 2019
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Bridge House Rough Framing Complete

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!

 

10 Jul 2017
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Master Stair

This master stair was sculpted from original roof rafters that were salvaged from the roof demolition to create the new master suite at the Classic Irvington Modern Tudor project.  This shot is from the top looking down within the modern addition on the back of the home.  Stairs are open riser to allow light to pass through the addition north to south.  Acrylic guardrail cladding provides safety + diffused light to adjacent spaces.  Bars at landing prevent one from tumbling into yard.

14 Jun 2017
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Simple Modern Bedroom Wing

Simple Modern Bedroom Wing elevates over the landscape at dawn.  We are preparing this project for the upcoming home tour this fall, so if you are interested in seeing the project first-hand, please stay-tuned.  It sits on 20 acres and is not visible from any public street, so this is the time to experience #copperwood!

13 May 2017
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Flood Zone Prototype

New flood zone prototype design for a series of #modern #homes coming to a location near you.  This series of 7 new homes is planned for a prime location in Marion County.  Stay tuned for design and construction updates to come.

08 Feb 2017
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Keep Chopping Wood

Keep on chopping wood at Copperwood – client living the dream taking advantage of a warm February day – little farmhouse in the distance.  Check out the latest updates to the project page here.

This project was designed by HAUS and built by WERK | Building Modern, our sister construction management company.  It is interesting to compare the projects we build versus the ones we do not build.  This project is one of the most successful realizations of Architect’s design intent of all of our recent projects.  Design concepts and alternatives along the way received the benefit of Architect daily oversight and clear communication at each step of the process, which is a major benefit of direct collaboration between Architect, trade contractors, and Owner.  Direct, clear communication by less parties may also translate into less time, less cost, and higher quality.