October 2020 (Columbus, IN): Modern Lakeside Retreat construction is underway at Grandview Lake!For sure, we are excited to see the construction of this new modern lakehouse taking-shape. Our design solution is a simple response to the challenges of the site. Basically, the primary challenges focused on drainage (from site and roofs), working amongst the existing mature trees, and durability from insects/woodpeckers. Drainage and wildlife-resistance were each issues with the pre-existing structure, and thus points of emphasis. As a matter of fact, water and drainage issues created enough concerns with the prior structure to motivate the rebuild.
Working with the existing trees was very important. Most certainly, our client was very passionate about keeping the existing trees. They provide excellent shade for the house, and soften the site considerably. We totally agree with this, as the trees really are amazing. They create a beautiful layered experience on the lakefront. They provide an excellent balance of tall canopy shade with ample openings for views to the lake. Since we are maximizing the glass on lakeside, we anticipate that the trees will shade the house and portions of the dock. It’s important that we design-in flexible, adaptable systems to work for various seasons, times of day, and uses.
We are happy to be working on our second project with this client.
Be sure to check-back, as we’ll be sharing more about the design and construction process in the coming weeks and months!
Modern Lakeside Retreat
Architecture/Interior Design/Renderings: HAUS | Architecture with Client
Photography: HAUS | Architecture (except where noted otherwise)
Construction Management: Nichter Construction
Design Process – Modern Lakeside Retreat
Stay tuned, as we’ll be adding more detail about the design process.
Construction Progress – Modern Lakeside Retreat
Working with the Trees
We have designed around this particular tree (see above) and its wonderful canopy. In the new design, our new balcony will cantilever out so people can elevate with the trees and stay clear of the tree root bed. the other trees to the right are also beautiful, and will provide a layered affect from waterline to the new house while sheltering the house and dock from the summer sun.
Lakeside Retaining Wall Progress
Concrete Wall Forms Progress
Smooth Concrete Walls
Roger Nichter did a nice job finding a concrete contractor with smooth, undamaged concrete forms. We think the concrete came-out great, with little to no need for any patching or parge coatings. Let the beauty of well-executed concrete be – that’s our intent! These slots are to provide air movement for covered storage area for lake toys and furniture. This south elevations facing the neighboring property is one of our favorite facades even though it isn’t primary and most people may not even notice it (see the renderings).
Here on inside surfaces of foundation walls, we see the brick pattern imprinted. Apparently the brick imprinted forms or more common in these parts. Finding the smooth forms was important for the design, so thanks, Roger, for finding smooth forms liners for the exterior surfaces. We had another project in Ohio that used the brick pattern forms when we called for smooth.
Unique Steel Details
Wood Framing Progress
The trees that we are saving have nice canopies that will shelter the house from summer sunlight in mornings, yet they still allow great views out to the lake. The trees also provide excellent shading for the docks later in the summer days.
We love how the house nestles into the trees. It’s not really a surprise, as the trees were a primary driver of the design concepts and layout.
Project Circumstances Change:
July 2021: There are some updates to report about the project. Unfortunately, our clients ended-up needing to sell the property as we got closer to the end of the construction phase. Fortunately, the builder was helpful in finding a new buyer relatively quickly. Builder and new buyer appear to be collaborating on finishing touches for project completion. We will provide updates as we have them, as we (HAUS) have not met the new owners and have not been involved in the builder/owner collaboration for finishing the details. For certain, we are hoping that the architectural design integrity will weather the transition.
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