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?
18 July 2020: We are currently looking for a creative Graduate Architect to grow with our team. If you know someone who loves to contribute their talents to interesting architecture + interior design projects, please send them our way!
We believe this person will have up to 3 years of professional experience and have earned an architectural degree. Also, they will have experience and talent in design, drawing, and enjoy the design collaboration process. And last but not least, this person may also enjoy the construction process and helping to see that their ideas are successfully executed in the construction phase.
Please email inquiries with resume and portfolio links to “email@example.com”.
Update (17 Aug 2020) – Thanks for all of the shares! We have filled our immediate need. Interested candidates, please continue to send resumes and portfolios our way for future consideration!
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! 🙂
We are not sure we have achieved this level of precision previously. In fact, our trim carpenters told us that due to the intensity of the details on this project, we can only do one like this every three years. We must have worn them out!
We can’t wait to wrap the final 10% and share. This is a must-see, so please come back for a look later in the new year.
Now that our excellent clients have moved-in to the Bridge House, they brought along their curious friend who stands watch!
Next it’s time to work-out the little kinks, including furnishings. As art enthusiasts and collectors, Lance and Laura have made it a priority to furnish both interior and exterior with art – starting with this friendly fellow.
He seems friendly yet curious, exuding just enough authority to help keep the peace.
Exterior wood siding installation is underway at Bridge House in Douglas, Michigan.
Here on the elevated porch we can see how the west fin-wall and soffits are coming together. Soon thereafter, we’ll be installing the industrial metal panels in extra dark bronze and black. Now that rough-ins and drywall are wrapping-up, we’ll be sharing the fun stuff (exterior + interior details + finishes)!
We are working through the finer details now, including final interior fixtures, finishes, and bridge details. Stay tuned for more updates!
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!
Without doubt, we are grateful to our clients for the chance to collaborate with them on comprehensive architectural design, interior design, and construction management (CM via WERK | Building Modern).
As a result, this project is realizing the full benefits of direct, daily communication between Architect, Trade Contractors, and Client.
Most certainly, this comprehensive project leadership ensures design + construction alignment, including evaluation of design opportunities and alternatives along the way!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vintage muscle cars make themselves at home in this new Midcentury Modern auto house completed in the Lakeside Woods Neighborhood within the Traders Point on the northwest side of Indianapolis; one piece of a master plan to comprehensively update a 1950’s Mid-Mod property.
HAUS designed the structure to compliment the original residence in form and style. Chiefly, garage provides abundant natural light for showcasing client collection while doubling as a party barn.
The new freestanding structure is what you see from the primary residence elevated open-concept living space, so it’s not just garage, but new property focal point.
Easter at Clearwater is a bit cold and overcast, but client is excited about celebrating Easter 2018 with family and friends in her newly minted custom interior. This project is the latest major renovation project that we have completed at Lake Clearwater. Check out the project page for the story – we’ll be adding updates and project photography later in 2018 after the warm weather arrives and we are able to finish the exteriors.
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!
We are excited about Lake Michigan Cottage currently in preliminary design. This is one of a series of residential wooded + lakeside retreats from southern Indiana to western Michigan that we have underway in design or construction. This particular bridge-like concept touches the sloping site very lightly and capitalizes on the best views to Lake Michigan. We are really enjoying the rigor/design exploration comparing how nature, program, and personality sculpts each project in a unique way. We’ll be providing project stories in the near future, so please check back for updates!
Our new design-build Craftsman Style Home in Broad Ripple has been completed as of mid-2017. Thanks to our most excellent clients for this unique opportunity to dial the Craftsman-Style up a notch on this historic Indianapolis street just a few blocks south of Broad Ripple Village.
We are happy to report that Copperwood – New Modern House 1 has weathered its first year of occupancy. Our clients for this brand-new design/build project have lived in the home since October 2016 and we are looking forward to being featured on the AIA Indianapolis Home Tour in late September 2017. It’s always great to see old friends and meet new ones at the show, so we hope you’ll stop by for a visit! Check out the project page for the story.
Mid Mod Entry Wall frames entry and private moss garden in one move. This Midcentury beauty has been completely enhanced inside and out. Have a look at the project story here, and please visit later this year for planned fall 2017 photography!
Here is a sneak peek of New Modern House Ditch located on Ditch Road north of 96th (a couple lots north of the big radio tower). Owners have lived in the home since late 2016 and are settling-in. Landscaping and furnishings are taking root and we look forward to sharing more in the coming months!
Our excellent clients at Treesdale Circle in Carmel are settling-in to their new modern home this summer having been in the home now for a little over a year. We look forward to showcasing more of this home including future phases down the road, as this project was designed with the long-view in-mind for this young, growing family!
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.
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!
We were happy to have had the opportunity to help our interior design colleagues and their client solve their design dilemmas with a solid design concept for a New Modern House in Meridian Hills at the SW corner of 75th & Central. It’s a great location and we wish them the best in the execution of the project.
Midcentury Move In is 95% complete – exterior hardscape, southside privacy fence, exterior painting, porch screens, and landscaping along with some interior odds-and-ends are all that remain. Substantial completion has been achieved (this means the project is available for its intended use). It’s an exciting time on West 81st Street!
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.
We have a lot of projects underway with construction progress to report. This project, New Modern House 3 located in Chicago, is coming along slowly but surely. Original cement board siding has been substituted with brick masonry which is currently in-progress. The original color palette remains intact and the dark colored brick was a nice choice. Please check back for new updates as we try to keep up with all the new project news!
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.”
New Colonial Modern home to break ground this summer 2017 in Towne Oak Estates, Carmel just north of Coxhill Gardens. We have made efforts to stay within the spirit of the neighborhood covenants while offering our clients a touch of modern sophistication reflecting their personal tastes. Front elevation is highlighted by a modern entry featuring wood-clad Puja/home office. We will have the project page up-and-running soon, so please check back for updates – and a Vastu to you!
Another great design project is underway for this New Modern Renovation on property bordering Williams Creek. It may as well be a new home, as we are keeping only 20% of the existing house, but working to reclaim as much material as possible, and also integrate as many sustainable design opportunities as is feasible since our client desires a net zero solution. This property abuts Williams Creek but is actually in the Town of Meridian Hills. We look forward to engaging the beautiful site to achieve dramatic views and outdoor space – this view is from the wooded hillside (woods and wildlife not shown) 🙂
This Midcentury closet detail is one of many refined retro-modern features at Midcentury Modern Renovation 2 in Williams Creek area. Spring has sprung and Owner has moved-into the project even while mostly exterior work continues forward. Happy Earth Day!
The modern entry at Treesdale is looking good this spring. Landscaping and some other new enhancements are in-process. The work often isn’t always 100% complete at move-in. Sometimes getting moved-in is just the first milestone; then from there, the finishing-touches continue. Frequently, future phases are planned from the very beginning to anticipate evolving lifestyles and budgets. We like to think of the design/construction process as more analogous to a marathon than sprint, so physical and emotional endurance is a valuable quality (for both the vendors and the clients). The rewards of tailored living await you at the finish line!
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.
Midcentury Entry at New Modern House Ditch Road is nearing completion. Thermally-treated wood strikes again, in this case, thermally-treated Poplar makes an appearance. Check out the project page here.
Thermal modifying wood is a technology that improves the resilience of wood products used in exterior conditions and can be used on most wood species. Our client at #Copperwood inquired about the technology and if we could use it at their home – which we did. On that project, we used thermally-modified Ash. Client for this project was so impressed by the beauty and resilience after visiting Copperwood, they requested something like it here – in this case, thermally-modifed Poplar was used, provided by a local source who learned about the technology from HAUS/Copperwood.
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.
This Scandinavian Rustic Interior project in Carmel is coming along nicely and our clients have been a privilege to work with. Phase One interior architecture has been completed, and now interior furnishings have been ordered. Photo below is a detail of the new steel-clad stair and steel-glass rail system. Check out a sneak-peek of the project story right here!
This home was originally built by the client’s father in the early 1990’s. It is quaint shingle-style home utilizing real Poplar log-framed structure and perimeter walls, which have become a major design element in the space. Transformed from a semi-dark rustic cabin to a Scandinavian Rustic light-filled dream dwelling, we are headed in the right direction! Please check out the project as we will be posting updates as available.
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.