Category: working with an architect

31 May 2020
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Crazier X2 – Racial Awareness

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.

Dream Realm, a Beginning - Racial Awareness - 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 - Christopher A Short - Architect - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles - Indianapolis
Dream Realm, a Beginning (Ball State University – College of Architecture & Planning – Student Project – November 1991)

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.

Racial Awareness - Unification Memorial: Catalyst for Social Change
Unification Memorial: Catalyst for Social Change (Ball State University – College of Architecture & Planning – student thesis booklet, May 1992)

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”?

03 Aug 2019
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Jack is Happy about it

If anyone is Happy about ground-breaking at Back40House, Jack is! It’s always exciting to get a new project underway after a diligent design and planning process.

Jack didn’t even help with the design or permits, but he’s as excited as anyone (probably more) 🙂

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.

27 Mar 2019
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Old Northside Villa Groundbreaking

We are excited to report that Old Northside Villa has broken ground on north Broadway Street!

In brief, this stately French Provincial-inspired estate melds traditional + modern design influences fitting for the neighborhood and client tastes.

We’ll be keeping up with progress on the project page, so be sure to check back for updates!

28 Feb 2019
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Modern Lakehouse Feature

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!  

Please check-back in late March, as we’ll plan to highlight the story at release!  Indianapolis Monthly April 2019 – Home of the Month “Healing Waters”.

03 Dec 2018
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Colonial Modern Complete

Modern Colonial north of Coxhill Gardens in Carmel is now complete!

After about a 16-month construction process, the much anticipated move-in process finally began in late mid-October 2018.  For sure, after our clients have some time to get settled-in we’ll share more of the interiors.  In the meantime, we’ll be adding design process and renderings to the story as a placeholder.  HAUS helped client with comprehensive site planning and architectural design concepts, including a detailed interior design vision.

This project is rooted in tradition, but distinctly modern.  Please check-out the story here.

28 Nov 2018
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Indian Head Park News

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.

On Thanksgiving weekend, we were able to stop by for a visit to check-out the latest progress  Please check out the story here!

15 Nov 2018
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Bridge House Construction Underway

Construction on Bridge House in Douglas, Michigan has commenced! 

In fact, concrete piers are now well underway.  Please check out the project page for progress photos.

HAUS’ comprehensive design process has clearly communicated design options and solutions for client review and approval. 

For that reason, client and construction team have less unknowns to worry about during the construction phase.

29 Apr 2017
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The House of a Lifetime

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.”