South Elevation - vertical cedar siding, exposed concrete foundation, corrugated + perforated Corten steel siding, sloping site, new modern house - Back40House - Markleville, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager Historic Adams Township Map - Client Land Plot - Back40House - Markleville, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager Parti Diagram - organization + material concept - central entry + circulation hall - Back40House - Markleville, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles Garage + Main Platform Framing Progress - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager Breezeway Entry Progress - Back40House - Pendleton, IN Truss Areaway for Ductwork - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager Northwest Deck Elevation (Snowbound) - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager

Back40House

Pendleton, IN

Back40House located where Pendleton meets Markleville, will sit on family-owned land acquired in the 1800’s.

Most certainly, we’re excited to report that the design + construction pricing process is just about complete.  Therefore, we anticipate ground-breaking by mid-summer 2019!

Without a doubt, we will plan to share the design + construction process and what we learn along the way.  So please check-out the ongoing updates below!


Project Info – Back40House

Architecture:  HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Interior Architecture:  HAUS with Client
Construction:  WERK | Building Modern
Renderings + Photography:  HAUS
Client Page:  Back40House


Some History

Long ago, the government granted large plots of land to families in 160 acre parcels.  Per below, the land for Back40House has been in our client’s family since the early 1800’s, with 80 of the original 160 acres still family-owned.

From client page:

05 March 2019 – “So we are starting the journey to move back home to Indiana.  Our time in California has been great, but our family and friends back home are pulling at our hearts.  We have the opportunity to build our dream home on property that has been in our family for six generations.  We will be building on the back forty acre parcel that was part of the original 160 acres settled by my family in the early 1800s.  So we have nicknamed our future home the “Back40House”.  Be sure to follow this page to see it all come together…from a clean sheet of paper and an open meadow, to the home where we will continue to care for the land that our family has cared for over the past 200 years.”

06 March 2019 – “As we will be building on family property, I have been digging in to the history a bit.  I found this great map of Adams Township from 1876.  Notice the highlighted block then owned by J. S. Davis.  That was my 3rd great grandfather John Smithson Davis.  The Back40House will be in the south west corner of that plot.  We are so grateful that our family has kept this property over the years, and fortunate to have the opportunity to carry on that tradition.”

Historic Adams Township Map - Client Land Plot - Back40House - Marklesville, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Historic Adams Township Map – Client Land Plot – Pendleton/Markleville, IN

Site Visits

Our clients, Brad and Nan were living in California when we began the design process.  Brad and Nan flew-in for our first site and design charrette meeting in early February 2019 and we made a productive day of it.  We started off the day walking the site to get a feel for the lay-of-the-land.  After that, we headed to the HAUS studio for team introductions and an afternoon design-brainstorming session.

Initial Site Visit with Brad and Nan - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture
Initial Site Visit with Brad and Nan – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (February 2019)

 

Brad Hayes Surveys the Landscape - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Brad Hayes Surveys the Landscape – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (February 2019)

 

Design Process

Having explored a few ideas and variations, we have settled on the two similar diagrams below that represent the essence of the design direction.  Generally, these two variations express a difference in material concept.  We have settled on the bottom diagram, allowing the studio-master suite volume to become a special accent material setting itself apart from the predominant material.

Main House is to the lower left, two lateral volumes separated with a central entry hall.  And to the right, garage is detached and connected via breezeway/entry porch.  Also, to the north, more detached garage volumes continue the same massing and materiality to make-up owner workshop.

 

Parti Diagram - organization + material concept - central entry + circulation hall - Back40House - Marklesville, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Parti Diagrams – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (March 2019)

 

Inspiration – Front 40

Hayes Acres - Design Inspiration - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Hayes Acres – Design Inspiration (Existing Barn on the Front40) – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (June 2019)

 

Exterior Barn Door (Inspiration - Details) - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Exterior Barn Door (Inspiration – Details – Existing Barn on the Front40) – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (June 2019)

 

This south elevation view below shows the main living volume in grey siding, and breezeway entry to the right.  To clarify, we are exploring an exterior material palette combining naturally-weathered wood + corrugated Corten steel siding.  Also, we are planning to keep existing site grading intact and project over the landscape to capture the best views to the south, west, and north.  Equally important, in conjunction with dense treeline to the west, deep roof overhangs will provide shelter from prevailing weather and western sunlight.

South Elevation - vertical cedar siding, exposed concrete foundation, corrugated + perforated Corten steel siding, sloping site, new modern house - Back40House - Marklesville, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
South Elevation (Rendering) – Back40House – Markleville, IN (April 2019)

 

Telling the Story

PreConstruction Interviews - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
PreConstruction Interviews (Clients) – Brad + Nan Hayes – Logan Hayes (Videographer) – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (June 2019)

 

Site Staking Day

To get our septic design completed, we first needed to stake the building locations.  Things ended-up pretty close to where we thought they would on the site plan, but we did make a few adjustments on-the-fly based on topography and existing treeline locations.  The surveyors were good to work with and they spotted the grade elevations we needed to make final design adjustments.

Site Staking Day - Surveyors + Architects - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Site Staking Day – Surveyors + Architects – Back40House – Pendleton, IN – photo by Brad Hayes (July 2019)

 

Site Surveying + Staking was a group effort - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Site Surveying + Staking was a group effort – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (July 2019)

 

Survey + Staking Day - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Survey + Staking Day – Back40House – Pendleton, IN – photo by Brad Hayes (July 2019)

07.28.19 – We have septic approvals, and are awaiting building permit review.  Albeit, we anticipate having footings in the ground and back-filled by mid-September so we can then be weathered-in by end of November.  For sure, we want to be sure we aren’t held-up by the winter weather.

Clearing a Path

This photos below were taken on on the first day heavy equipment showed-up to cut the new access drive and clear a route through the treeline.  Soon thereafter, we would be excavating for and pouring footings.

Location for New Site Access - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Location for New Site Access – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (August 2019)

 

Cutting In Site Access - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Cutting In Site Access – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (August 2019)

 

Cutting-In New Site Access Drive - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Cutting-In New Site Access Drive – Heavy Equipment (CAT) – Backhoe – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (August 2019)

 

Excavation Begins!

Excavations Underway - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Excavations Underway (John + Brad Hayes walk the site) – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (August 2019)

 

Layout and Excavations Begin - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Layout and Excavations Begin – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (August 2019)

 

Jack is Happy about it!

If anyone is happy about ground-breaking, it's Jack - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
If anyone is happy about ground-breaking, it’s Jack – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (August 2019)

 

The Frogs are Probably Not happy about it

Bullfrog - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Bullfrog – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (August 2019)

 

Miniature Green Frog (Site Wildlife) - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Miniature Green Frog (Site Wildlife) – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (August 2019)

 

Pumping Concrete

Concrete Pump for Footings - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Concrete Pump for Footings – Back40House – Pendleton, IN – photo by Brad Hayes (August 2019)

 

Concrete Footings Placed - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Concrete Footings Placed – Forms – Rebar – Back40House – Pendleton, IN – photo by Brad Hayes (August 2019)

 

Forming Foundation Walls

Foundation Wall Forms Set (Concrete) - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Foundation Wall Forms Set (Concrete) – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (August 2019)

 

Foundation Walls Complete - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Walls Placed (September 2019)

 

Foundation Walls Complete - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Drainage Tile Installed, Pea Fill, Slabs, Backfill (September 2019)

The massive rectangular footing and foundation on the elevated west-end of the house is under the double indoor-outdoor fireplaces.  Since this end of the house is elevated on piers, this footing and wall above it will serve as the primary shear wall on this end.  Shear walls keep the building from swaying sideways from wind, earthquake, or wild house parties (housequakes).

One may wonder why would someone come-up with a pier design like this?  Good question.  We put a lot of thought and effort into designing the piers to be integral and complimentary to the overall building massing.  Altogether, we explored a number of variations to arrive at the final solution.  Simplicity is always a goal, but this doesn’t look that simple.  We joke that it’s a lot of work to make things simple, and simple oftentimes can be more complicated.

Concrete Piers + Two-Sided Fireplace Solid Foundation - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Concrete Piers + Two-Sided Fireplace Solid Foundation (September 2019)

 

Rough Carpentry Commences

Main Floor Deck Framing Begins - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Main Floor Deck Framing Begins (October 2019)

 

Garage + Main Platform Framing Progress - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Garage + Main Platform Framing Progress (October 2019)

 

Workshop Entry Canopy Framing - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Workshop Entry Canopy Framing (October 2019)

 

Beautiful Rural Indiana - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Beautiful Rural Indiana (October 2019)

 

Exterior Elevation Framing Progress - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Exterior Elevation Framing Progress (October 2019)

 

Breezeway Entry Progress - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Breezeway Entry Progress (October 2019)

 

Studio Wing Framing Progress - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Studio Wing Framing Progress (October 2019)

 

Getting Weathered-In

South Exterior Elevation - Weathered-In - WRB Weather Resistive Barrier and Windows Installed - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
South Exterior Elevation – Weathered-In (November 2019)

This giant window wall frames a view from the Kitchen island north.  During the design process, we put a great deal of thought into how best to frame views inside-out and outside-in.  It’s rewarding to see the concepts develop into built form.  It’s fun to be an architect.

Oversized Window Installations Complete (Views) - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Oversized Window Installations Complete (November 2019)

 

A few years ago, we helped a client with their Midcentury Modern house in the Glendale neighborhood on the northeast side.  It had the most incredible living space.  What made it incredible?  Besides the nicely-scaled space, it had the most amazing quality of light.  Clerestory windows surrounded it continuously on all sides.  We’ll never forget that space, and we refer to it often when designing new spaces.  For Back40House, we’ve incorporated an east-facing clerestory window to bring in a similar quality of natural light.  In conjunction with the 12-foot tall vertical slot window in the same space on axis with the entry, we’re really eager to see how the light defines this bedroom and changes throughout the day and from season to season.

Guest Bedroom Clerestory Windows - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Guest Bedroom Clerestory Windows (November 2019)

 

North Elevations (Snowbound) - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
North Elevations (Snowbound) (November 2019)

 

Truss Areaway for Ductwork - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Truss Areaway for Ductwork (November 2019)

Flat Roof Design

Although it appears so, not all of the roofs on Back40House are “flat”.  The two “bars” are sheltered with 2:12 metal panel shed roofs, one preweathered galvalume, and one Corten steel.  Together, these two sheds form a pseudo “butterfly roof” configuration.  Flat roof between the sheds collects all water and channels it to the open-mouth scuppers located at porch awnings.  This flat-roof connector continues over the breezeway to garage, which also has identical details.

Flat roofs are not really flat, and can have whatever degree of slope we want to design-in.  The more slope the better, to eliminate the potential for any standing or pooling water.  It’s best to design-in more tolerance to all building systems to allow for certain field-condition variances.  And good roof design is not just about slopes and roofing materials.  In fact, there are many considerations beyond waterproofing.  These considerations include but are not limited to, insulation techniques, ventilation (or not), orientation, drainage management,  color, solar gain, penetrations, climate, climate zone, etc.

South Exterior Elevation - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
South Elevation Massing Takes Shape (November 2019)

 

Breezeway North Elevation - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Breezeway North Elevation – Roofing Underway (November 2019)

 

Corten Siding Sample

We are using Corten steel for north studio siding.  However, this sample below is not what we selected.  Instead we decided to use the rounded 7/8″ corrugation profile.

For those not familiar with Corten “weathering” steel, it is designed to rust.  Corten’s chemistry allows the rust or patina to form a protective layer that then maintains itself without rusting all the way through.  It is designed to last many, many years.  See these Dezeen articles about weathering steel to see how beautiful it can be.  So when you see the rusty siding, it is by design and meant to give a dynamic contrast with adjacent materials – it clads Nan’s creative studio, and thus deserves some pop!

Corten Corrugated Siding Sample - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Corten Corrugated Siding Sample – Weathering Steel (November 2019)

 

We are really liking this view – however, there is a framing variation that we need to adjust.  Who can spot the variance from the design drawings?

Northwest Deck Elevation (Snowbound) - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Northwest Deck Elevation (Snowbound) (November 2019)

Rainscreen Siding Delivery

We are doing a two-tone rustic channel cedar siding that arrives prefinished.  This below is the lighter of the two tones.   We sampled various products and landed on this option.  It’s a bit more brown than the renderings, but wood is brown, folks.  The grays were also a bit pricey.  The darker of the two cedar sidings (not shown) is more in the gray family – dark color disguises the brown tone a bit more.  Accordingly, the plan is to let the woods weather, meaning we are going to let them naturally patina (ie, turn gray).

The Workshop, detached Garage, and south house wing are cedar.  However, the north mass is corrugated Corten steel siding (see the “parti” diagram at the top of the story – the yellow mass in the diagram is the Corten siding and roofing).

Prefinished Rustic Channel Cedar siding - Back40House - Pendleton, IN - HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles, Christopher Short, Indianapolis Architect - WERK | Building Modern, Paul Reynolds, Construction Manager
Prefinished Rustic Channel Cedar siding (December 2019)

 

Please check back – we’ll be adding to the story (design + construction).