Check out this new Modern Colonial design that broke-ground in spring 2017 located in Towne Oak Estates just north of Coxhill Gardens.
Our physician clients with young children were looking to establish roots with a long-term home to raise their family on the north side. They wanted their home to stand-out but fit-in. In addition, they were interested in clean-lines, but within a traditional framework or style. Many of the images they shared could be considered transitional, and most included a rich but simple material palette of wood and masonry paired with clean white walls, dark-painted window frames void of wall trims, and colorful culture-specific artworks and idols.
Vastu shastra was and is an important consideration in the design of this home (but not quite as important to our clients as the grandparents). We integrated these principles for many major design considerations, but not all. At HAUS, we like to latch-on to program-elements that are particularly unique to each client. For this particular partnership, the Puja space was an aspect that we could design around. We were able to highlight the Puja as an architectural feature accentuated on the front elevation with a contrasting natural wood material inside and out.
Please check back as we will be adding to the story and description with words and photos.
Project Info – New Modern Colonial House:
Architecture/Interior Design: HAUS | Architecture
Construction Management: Gradison
Renderings: HAUS | Architecture
Photography: HAUS | Architecture
Construction Process – New Modern Colonial House
Excavation + Footings
Cast-in-place Basement Walls
Second Floor Framing Begins
Roof Framing Nears Completion
Brick Veneer Installation
We will be adding to the story, so please check-back for updates!
Next steps in construction will include back greenhouse wrap, painted brick, and interior progress now that drywall has been completed!
Forest Gallery House is a compound-style residence located in Hamilton County, Indiana. We’re very excited to report that ground-breaking appears to be on-track for summer/fall 2020!
Our clients purchased the property in 2019, and the plan is to demolish the existing home on the site and design + build a new residence from scratch. Interestingly, the new design program includes some unique features such as a freestanding pavilion for office/sauna/gym, a two-story master closet, a 6-8 car garage, and freestanding kennel. The site has acreage and is mostly wooded – an excellent canvas. To be sure, unique program features are exciting from a design standpoint, as they usually inspire unique architectural solutions. If the program includes some features we haven’t yet encountered, we’re definitely in!
On the initial site visit (see photos below), we identified some important amenities to inform the design. By all means, the views to the west and southwest are beautiful. Albeit, privacy from the adjacent neighbor to the north-northeast is important. Also, existing topography will dictate best location for the new dedicated property access drive.
We also noticed that the existing site and drives were not easily maneuvered. So on the new design, we were sure to provide a robust turnaround adjacent to house, but also at the privacy gate to accommodate delivery trucks. This roundabout in conjunction with the existing garage structure (new kennel) has become a significant driver of the design concept.
Client’s initial program suggested that we raze the existing house, but possibly keep the existing garage accessory structure and use it as a kennel. So while exploring site design concepts, we gravitated toward a scheme that worked to fully integrate this structure in the whole. In fact, the most preferred scheme created a series of connected pavilions radiating around a new access drive turnaround creating an architectural array.
Currently (December 2019), we are engaging basic construction documents to use in getting contractor pricing to help check and refine project scopes of work against the budget. At the same time, we are refining the interiors, site features, and high-performance design considerations into the design for a comprehensive solution.
Utilities (some decisions to finalize)
It appears that we have a choice to tie into municipal utilities or not (based on distances + zoning guidelines). So we have been in contact with respective contacts to evaluate the pros and cons of different options.
Plan Concept (to come)
Garage (6-8 car + basketball)
Please check back as we’ll be adding to the story!
Scandinavian Rustic Cabin located in Carmel, IN began master planning first of the year 2015, and re-construction was completed before the fall holidays.
The design of this 1990’s shingle-style rustic cabin was primarily based around the desire for a more open and light-filled interior, with better connections to its beautiful site. It was a really interesting and ongoing design-dialogue … how to effectively mix pre-existing rustic features (log-cabin walls, brick floors) with new modern features (cabinetry, fireplace surrounds, details, hardware). The same questions came up over and over for each specification, finish, and detail. Should it lean more rustic, more modern, or somewhere in-between? The contrast between rustic and modern details and materials provides for a rich and unique experience inside and out with a result that in many ways reveals a Scandinavian vibe mixed with Rustic.
We have just begun to document this project, so please check-back as we will be posting periodic updates, Owner feedback, and backstory.
Project Info – Scandinavian Rustic Cabin:
Architecture/Interior Design/Renderings/Photography: HAUS | Architecture
Construction Management: Blaze Construction
Progress – Scandinavian Rustic Cabin
Owner forwarded an evening photo of the living room fireplace that we modified with a new hearth + steel cladding and light reveal – #ambience
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). These two areas of focus were big issues with the prior structure. As a matter of fact, water and drainage issues created enough concerns with the prior structure to motivate the rebuild.
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.
We met our Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman clients at the Broad Ripple Home Tour in Fall 2014 when they were volunteer docents for our Broad Ripple Bungalow project, which was one of the homes on the tour. By all means, we were very happy when they called to begin the planning process for their craftsman-style bungalow also on Carrollton, a beautiful, walkable street lined with several excellent Craftsman-Style homes. Having lived in the home for 20+ years, our clients didn’t want to leave but wanted a respectfully-modern, light-filled transformation to support their lifestyle for the next 20 and beyond. The new design reflects their personalities and life-stories (who they are and how they want to live) on the inside, while the outside is a major upgrade dialing-up the Craftsman style.
Since our clients are passionate about good design, high-quality materials, and energy/resource efficiency, this project was a perfect fit for an architect-led design-build approach. Certainly, we enjoy the design process, but also collaborating with the trade contractors and overseeing the construction. Undeniably, a direct conduit from design to construction helps ensure the successful implementation of design vision.
We began construction in September 2016, substantially completing it in April 2017 as planned (7 months).
Project Info – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman:
Architecture/Interior Design/Renderings: HAUS | Architecture
Photography: HAUS | Architecture (some supplemental images courtesy of Indianapolis Monthly Magazine – Tony Valainis)
Construction Management: WERK | Building Modern
Published: 2018 Indianapolis Monthly
Featured: 2019 AIA Architects Home Tour
Featured: 2019 Broad Ripple Historic Home Tour
The project is beginning to get some recognition – check out these articles and blogs:
Check-out the time-lapse video below. Paul Reynolds and Derek Mills fabricated and installed the steel guardrail prior. Then later, they came back to install the vertical stainless-steel cable-rail system. If only it could go this quickly in real-life!
The Design Process – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman
The design modifications included in this complete gut/remodel include new everything + personal touches inspired by the owners. Exposed structure + connection hardware is a nod to Lori’s father, who worked in the building industry designing hardware. Also, other interior details that pay homage to client interest in music, particularly stringed instruments. We will share more of the story and design process, including interior design concepts and renderings, as the project progresses. The interiors are what really sets this project apart.
It is important to think about the big picture but also the details. At HAUS, first we work to establish the big-picture concepts, which are inspired by our client and particulars of place. From there every subsequent decision is born from that concept. Certainly, our clients are our inspiration, and therefore, they have ownership if not just the physical home but also the design solutions. Their personalities ARE the design.
Although the construction documents are two-dimensional, we think, see, and live in three dimensions. The image below is a ghosted version of the 3D computer model. As can be seen, this model includes developed details, so this was near the end of the design process. One can begin to see all the elements within the spaces, from the structural elements to the furniture pieces. Please check back later as we’ll share more about the beginning of the design process before it was this far along!
Breaking “Ground” – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman
Here’s a shot of the existing house as lumber began arriving. Our client refers to existing roof eaves as a raccoon motel. This is because they are in disrepair with gaps allowing wildlife to camp-out. We will be bringing this bungalow above and beyond its original Craftsman roots from a design, detail, and quality standpoint. This preexisting roof and attic space is coming off to accommodate the new upstairs.
Framing lumber arrived in mostly one delivery, which was helpful. This is because the site is unique in that it shares a driveway with the neighboring property and much of the landscaping is to remain. We managed to tuck the lumber package back into the owner’s carport and driveway, which gave us room to set a dumpster next to the house, rather than in the front yard or street.
Demolition – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman
And with a few swings of the hammer, the renovation has begun! We began by salvaging a lot of elements from the existing space. We donated much of the existing light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and cabinets to Habitat for Humanity for re-use, thus diverting them from going into the dumpster. At client request, we salvaged original doors and trims for re-use in the new design. It was not our original intent to completely demolish all interior walls and ceilings, but our framer urged us to consider it since that would streamline the process and give an entirely new interior. Let’s do it.
Brick Modern House is located east of the Monon Trail just south of Holly Creek in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Our clients, a family of four, have purchased this prime location to build a new 3,000sf home to raise a family. Accordingly, we have positioned the primary living spaces to capitalize on the gorgeous overlook views west and north.
Please see below for more about the design process.
New Modern House 1 located in Zionsville, IN broke ground in fall 2015 for family of four seeking an energy efficient, modest, modern dwelling responding emphatically to its site #Copperwood.
This design, located on a 20 acre lot with natural habitat and wetlands, features open concept planning with distinct components for Living, Bedrooms, and Garage. Major design element includes a dramatic wing roof overhanging primary indoor living spaces and Airstream port, with Airstream functioning as Home Office + Guest Suite while docked. In addition, kitchen space features front and back areas with pass-through to serve outdoor entertaining. And lower level features architectural stair, north bay light, and regulation table tennis area for nationally-rated Owner.
Mostly low-tech passive and active green-building strategies were implemented throughout, with the home achieving a HERS Performance Rating of 43, which is 60% better than a standard new energy-code-compliant home. Smart Home Technology is used to control lighting, HVAC, and security from the Owner’s mobile devices.
We completed this project in late September 2016 – please check-back as we will be posting periodic updates and Owner feedback.
The AIA Home Tour Committee selected Copperwood to be on the AIA Home Tour on September 16-17, 2017. We enjoyed seeing so many of our friends, colleagues, clients on the tour! Here below are some media links featuring Copperwood.
Architecture/Interior Design: HAUS | Architecture (Chris Short, Derek Mills, Kevin Swan, Rachelle Swan)
Construction Management: WERK | Building Modern (Derek Mills + Chris Short)
Renderings: HAUS | Architecture
Exterior Finish Photography: HAUS | Architecture
Process Photography: HAUS | Architecture + Kevin Swan as noted
Interior Finish Photography: HAUS | Architecture + The Home Aesthetic
Featured: 2017 AIA Home Tour
Published: 2018 Dezeen Magazine
Published: 2018 Indianapolis HOME Magazine
Honored: 2019 AIA Indianapolis – Citation Award for Architecture (New Construction – Project Cost Less than $5 Million)
Honored: 2019 AIA Indiana – Honor Award for Architecture (New Construction – Project Cost Less Than $1 Million)
Design Process – New Modern House 1
Progress – New Modern House 1
No special ceremonies – let’s get digging. Actual site grading varied from available GIS maps, but we were able to make the desired adjustments to coordinate with adjacent wetlands and grades.
Foundations – New Modern House 1
During excavation, we were able to clarify and work-through the issues related to existing grading. We ended-up realizing some savings by making the right design decisions on the fly. It’s critical that the architect is involved in every phase of the construction to make the right decisions consistent with DESIGN INTENT. Despite some delays, we were able to install and backfill footings prior to freezing weather.
Retaining Walls – New Modern House 1
The large footings in the foreground are for the Airstream canopy area retaining walls. Initially we had a number of retaining walls on the project, but reduced a few to save on costs. Negotiating the site grades was an interesting process, but we were happy to have saved some effort and cost with some of the decisions.
Basement Foundation Walls – New Modern House 1
It’s interesting how the residential market differs from the commercial market regarding design and construction. It seems the structural engineers and residential trades are often at odds. Having come from a commercial architecture background, and now working predominantly in the residential marketplace – the differences are very evident. Whenever we have a structural engineer collaborate on our unique projects, the concrete trades in particular often have differing opinions on best techniques. It’s interesting to learn the different opinions – many related to costs. Some like to comment about “over-design”. Would we rather the structural engineer “under-design”? I don’t think so.
In the case below, the concrete contractor wanted to add a few counterfort walls to reinforce the long foundation wall. One reason was to support the length during backfilling operations if we decided to backfill prior to floor structure completion. Once we install floor structure, we achieve adequate lateral support without the counterfort walls. Some opined that we could have done with less rebar reinforcement. Sure could have, but we stuck with the structural engineer recommendations.
Framing Begins – New Modern House 1
We considered various methods of project delivery, construction techniques, and client priorities relative to project costs. To be sure, we and our client do respect the advantages of a prefab process (controlled environment, fast site erection), but we chose instead to stick-build. All things considered, we felt this method was going to be the most cost-effective and logical based on the overall design (open-concept bay widths, heavy timber, large Airstream canopy). However, even though were ready to frame by late December, we had some delays with weather and framer availability. So ultimately, we ended-up starting actual site framing work in early February 2016. So looking-back, maybe prefab would have benefited the process – if feasible with our design. The trick is, we didn’t design it from the beginning with prefab in-mind, which is important in making that technique feasible.
Lumber Sourcing – New Modern House 1
We didn’t anticipate having to source the heavy timber for the project via out-of-state suppliers, but the local lumber yards said they didn’t have access to what we needed. Happily, we were able to find what we needed from American Pole and Timber out of Texas. Overall, we can’t say it was the greenest way to source the material – I guess if we were doing this project in the Pacific Northwest, we would not have had a problem. Part of the challenge is that we needed treated wood for all exposed wood. We needed 32′ long 2x12s treated, which was not readily available in that length. Texas cut that material for us out of logs, and since their other 6×6 timbers were a better bargain than local suppliers, we decided to load-up the truck with some additional lumber to cover some of our other needs.
Skylight Framing – New Modern House 1
We strategically placed a few skylights into the bedroom wing roof to maximize natural light in the right places – this particular opening is a 3-skylight-wide slot in the Master Bedroom ceiling primarily over the master bed headwall, which floats short of the ceiling and separates bedroom from bathroom. Most of the skylights are fixed, but a couple are motorized to allow stack-effect ventilation. Of particular importance, light and panoramic views achieve a dramatic engagement with the site. So be sure to stay tuned for finish photos of these spaces in a few months.
Exterior Wood Siding Installation – New Modern House 1
Framers are working their way around the house on the wood siding installations. The thermally-modified Ash is really beautiful, so client is debating whether to finish the siding to maintain the nice warm tone. Ultimately they decided we will let it weather to grey. We ended-up coming up a bit short on the siding, and had to wait a few months to get enough right-sized Ash to finish the job. This caused some delays on metal copings and some other areas, but on the bright-side, we ended up getting some extra material that we were able to use in a few places on the interior.
Exterior Progress – New Modern House 1
For the most part, the details are coming-out as planned. We have some work to do here and there, but overall we are pleased with how things are coming along. We were fortunate to acquire the black cement board siding from the supplier, as they had discontinued black. Luckily, they just happened to have a small quantity still available in-stock. This prefinished cement board siding installation requires precision and patience. We need to light-sanded and seal all cut edges prior to installation, so it is not fast-going. For the exposed steel columns and brackets, we have decided to leave the galvanized finish exposed instead of painting them black. The roof-framing members are treated 2x12s and the supporting glulams are treated 7″ x 16″ that we mostly over-sized for scale/appearance.
Airstream Shelter – New Modern House 1
A major design driver for this project was our client’s passion for travel, and particularly, the integration of their Airstream, “Annie”, into the design. Regarding Annie, early in the design process we established that Annie be – 1) Protected, and 2) Functionally-integrated into the design. We achieved each and more. With Annie located on the west side of the property (just a few steps from the Kitchen and garage), the soaring wing roof structure protects Annie while providing abundant shelter from the hot west sun (for the house).
Entry Bridge – New Modern House 1
Each client and each site bring a unique set of design opportunities to the table. For example, the raised buildable portion of this particular site had sloping grades and an abandoned gas pipeline running through the desired house location. And accordingly, the initial and ultimate design concepts deferred to the pipeline, oriented house to receive the south light + best views, and gracefully addressed the sloping site.
Garage wing to the right and bedroom wing to the left frame the north-facing entry. Altogether, the angle from bedroom wing to garage wing mimics the adjacent pipeline. We wanted to bring natural light into the lower level, which we achieved with the north bay. And then the architectural bridge spans the bay to access the front door. We are excited about the finishing details of the canopies not yet complete, which includes heavy timber posts and beams with treated glulam beams spanning the basement clerestory.
To achieve the structural requirements for diagonal bracing, we have incorporated galvanized bracing of rods with clevis and turnbuckles, while bridge guardrails utilize stainless-steel cable-rail infill. In related fashion, the basement clerestory area steps down to lower level with a couple of 30″ tall landscaped platforms to eliminate the need for guardrails. The light achieved helps make the lower level a desirable living space – stay tuned for photos/progress of the lower level, architectural stair, and canopy details.
Rainscreen Siding – New Modern House 1
We are really happy with how the project is coming along and it is great to see things coming together mostly as planned. It’s important that we protect the design vision in built-form. Then, from there, we fit the expected quality within the agreed budget. The trades for the project have never worked on anything like this from an overall design standpoint, so it has been a key asset having HAUS, the Architect managing the construction via WERK | Building Modern, in collaboration with our client. It is a unique, but mostly simple concept and design. However, we have learned over the years that simple, minimal details are usually less forgiving and more challenging to achieve than more traditional details and assemblies – things line up, the trims are minimal, having less ability to hide imperfections.
For the white siding material, we specified and installed prefinished cement board panels with matching exposed fasteners and 3/8″ gaps at panel joints. In all but a few special conditions now, we detail all of our wall assemblies as rainscreens. Even the thermally-modified wood is a rainscreen system. The open panel joints allow water to enter and drain out via the weather-resistive barrier and flashings. We sleep better at night knowing we have detailed and built our wall systems with the best techniques (RESILIENT DESIGN), especially when a project has minimal or no roof overhangs to shelter the facade.
Interior Progress – New Modern House 1
We are going on about month-10 now in the process. Trim carpentry and painting is progressing along with electrical fixture installations, cabinets, and tile. Accordingly, Kevin/Rachelle Swan (clients), Chris Adams (trim carpenter, painter, floor installer, quality control expert), and Derek Mills/Chris Short (Architects-Construction Managers) have been teaming together and with the numerous trades to “bring it home”. Of particular note, exposed clear-coated double 2×10 Southern Pine beams conceal track lighting. We have painted track reveal dark grey to camouflage the dark track fixtures. Also, the beam lighting is uplighting the vaulted ceiling. All lighting, security + HVAC is controlled via owner’s smart devices (Smart Home Technology).
Rough Grading – New Modern House 1
During the construction stage, we considered a few alternatives to the original south-stepped landscape wall. Ultimately, we decided to abandon the stepped-wall in favor of a new concept – a new elevated soccer plateau – achieved with many, many loads of excavation spoils from other project locations. Coordinating the desired elevations and precise angle at plinth edges has been an effort, but will be well worth it in the end. We think it will be a dramatic functional and aesthetic base – an extension of the modern architecture – a mediator from house to otherwise virgin landscape. We envision the plinth as manicured lawn, and surrounding grades with wildflowers and wild-grasses for a natural, low-maintenance landscape.
Thermally-Modified Ash – New Modern House 1
Conceptually, the thermally-modified wood-clad east bedroom wing slides though the side of the living space, so we continued the wood from exterior through the interior living space to stay true to the concept. The wood on the exterior will weather to grey – the wood inside should maintain this darkened effect of the Ash wood. The burned-wood smell is evident on the finished product, but only in very close proximity.
We chose to finish the stair in clear Southern Pine. We considered using the Ash from walls, but it is more brittle and we were afraid it may crack on installation and over time. The pine works for the stair, as it is a nice compliment to the exposed Southern Pine beams in the adjacent living space. We are looking forward to seeing the steel rail system and wood-burning stove installations next.
Client has been instrumental and a great partner in coordinating interior trim carpentry details, lighting fixture selections, and interior finish selections in collaboration with HAUS and the Construction Manager, WERK | Building Modern.
Passive Design Strategies
In the early fall of living in the house, Owner has confirmed that Passive Solar Building Design is no joke – the home is maintaining 70 degrees inside during the daytime (35-45 degrees outside) on sunny days without furnace. We did not design this project as a Passive House officially, but some principles apply. In fact, if you are interested in reading more about Passive House strategies, check out this link – Passive House Sustainability Guide. Some of our newer clients have expressed a more comprehensive interest in this strategies, so we have a few projects underway in design + construction implementing some of these principles.
Copperwood broke ground in fall 2015 for the family of four seeking an energy efficient, modest, modern dwelling. The site’s name, originated by the Owner’s son, was inspired by the color of the surrounding woods and landscape; an untouched natural site adjacent to farmland and bustling with wildlife, but itself not ideal for agriculture. Ultimately, the design solution was a balance of the unique site opportunities paired with the Owner’s simple lifestyle needs and love of travel.
Of the 20 acres, about 3 were available for construction, with much of the remaining acreage wetlands. Of those 3 acres, an abandoned pipeline intersected from northwest to southeast, helping to further narrow and refine the design concepts. We knew we wanted to design the spaces for passive solar with an east-west primary orientation, but this was counter to the angle of the pipeline. These site constraints resulted in three distinct volumes placed perpendicular to one-another (bedroom wing, living wing, and garage wing). Each component steps with the pipeline angle while maintaining the desired solar orientation and orthogonal relationships, which also happened to work perfectly for desired views and site access.
Since the site is not adjacent to any local roads, it is accessed via a ¾ mile shared easement drive which was once a rail-line. The new gravel drive is located to frame the most complimentary approach while shielding the vehicle court to the far side.
Before engaging the architect, the homeowner had researched prefabricated structures to protect their Airstream, but once we got into the design process, we were confident that the Airstream could provide a unique design opportunity; why not incorporate the Airstream into the overall program and design solution as integrated component (guest room, home office)? Its placement and turn-around became a unique driver of the design, quickly leading to the wing-roof structure sheltering not just the main living space, but also the covered outdoor space and Airstream dock. This primary roof element looks out over the southern landscape angled for passive solar with the bedroom and garage wings providing a flat-volume counterpoint. The surrounding sloped landscape remains mostly undisturbed, with extra soils used to create an elevated soccer pitch to the south.
It was no problem achieving abundant natural light to the main level living spaces and bedrooms, but we also wanted a nice quality of light in the lower level, which includes a partial walk-out. The desire for more natural light led to a north-facing light-well garden on the entry side of the home. This idea eventually led to the entry bridge feature, featuring custom hardware + turnbuckle-clevis details to resist lateral shear.
Thermally-treated wood (Ash) siding wraps the Bedroom and Garage Wings and will weather grey. Main living-dining-kitchen spaces are wrapped in pre-finished white cement board with exposed fasteners. The lower level is exposed concrete. Flat roofs are white TPO, and main shed roof is corrugated metal. Front entry and a portion of the auto canopy are covered with clear corrugated acrylic. Doors and windows are black aluminum clad wood. Skylights are Velux, some operable for stack-effect ventilation. Custom hardware was designed + fabricated for canopies and treated lumber used for all exposed structure at canopies and roof overhangs with galvanized metal end covers at cantilevered joists (treated wood is left unfinished). Overall, exterior materials are designed for low-maintenance and resilience.
Interior features open concept planning with distinct components for Living, Bedrooms, and Garage detailed to make their relationships apparent inside and out. Exterior materials at bedroom wing continue through to interior making the architectural stair wall cladding. Kitchen space features front and back areas with pass-through to serve outdoor entertaining. Lower level features architectural stair, north light-well, and regulation table tennis area for nationally-rated Owner.
Mostly low-tech passive and active green-building strategies were implemented throughout, including passive solar, narrow footprint and abundant glazing + clerestories +skylights for daylighting, permeable driveway (gravel), natural cork flooring, wood-burning stove, thermally-treated wood, construction efficiency (4-foot module), geothermal HVAC, extra wall and roof insulation, overhanging roofs optimized for solar angles, minimized windows at west exposure, low-energy appliances and lighting, and smart programmable controls. Flat roofs are sized for future intensive green roof and solar panel integration. The home achieved a HERS performance rating of 43, which is 60% better than a standard new energy-code-compliant home.
Once again, we are working on a Midcentury Modern gem designed by the architects of the firm, Vonnegut, Wright, and Yeager. In fact, we have learned that Edward Pierre of Pierre & Wright (at the time), designed the original Midcentury Modern home for the Indianapolis Home Show in 1954. More recently, a prior owner made updates before selling it to our clients, who are local mental health professionals.
In essence, our clients simply wanted a cozy place to get away; an isolated retreat to play piano, listen to music, and smoke cigars.
Project Info – Cigar Room – A Midcentury Modern Addition:
Indianapolis Monthly has featured our client in a recent edition of Indianapolis Monthly’s “Open Door” feature, so we’ll be sure to link it here when available!
Cigar Room – A Midcentury Modern Addition – Design Process
Owner originally began the project design with Steve Zintel of Summit Design Group, but they were not able to finish the project, perhaps because their builder partner bowed-out. So, HAUS took those initial ideas and worked toward a final, simple solution respecting the pre-existing structure and Midcentury style. We spent some time engaging a longer-term site plan that included some interesting ideas for outdoor space, but ultimately, the Owner priority was the Phase One Cigar Room project.
We will be sharing some renderings of the cool Master Plan ideas and other interesting tidbits before long, so please check back for these updates!
Adagio Penthouse Interior was the result of a client trek from suburban country living to skyline views + modern details/materials. One look at the Urban penthouse cedar ceiling will “capture the curve” and your imagination…
From IMM – “At this downtown penthouse, Chris Short of HAUS Architecture and Nikki Sutton of Level Interior Architecture + Design put their modern mark on every inch—even the ceiling—to create a contemporary space rivaling the beauty of the condo’s sweeping views. Take a photo tour of the home’s most striking features. Photography by Ryan Kurtz.”
Honed Italian Limestone “Cassia Light” 18×18 and 18×36 (main flooring) Polished Calcutta Marble (kitchen hood) Honed Calcutta Marble (kitchen island) Polished ‘Amani Bronze’ Marble Fireplace – Custom Cut Atlas ‘Optimism’ Acrylic Cabinet Hardware
Kitchen Backsplash – custom milkglass wall finish (backpainted) in stainless steel channels Caesarstone Counter in ‘Concrete’ (kitchen back counter and pantry) Caesarstone Counter in ‘Blizzard’ (home office) Emtek Carbon Fiber Cabinet Hardware CONTEMPO White Marble ‘Linear Mosaics’ Walls (butler pantry backsplash) KARASTAN ‘Broadloom’ Wool Carpet in Hamptons White
EVERSTONE 24” Airstrip Glass Tiles in ‘Stream’ (master bathroom backsplash wall) Caesarstone Counter in ‘Blizzard’ (master bathroom vanity top) STONEPEAK 24” x 24” ‘Touch Framestich’ Tile in Dune (master bathroom) HAPPY FLOORS ‘Glamour’ 12” x 24” Porcelain Tile in White (master bathroom) STONEPEAK ‘Touch Framestich’ Tile in Dune (master bathroom)
Stainless Steel Schluter Strips (master bathroom)
White Venetian Plaster Walls with Smooth Wax Finish by PJG Creations (master bathroom)
Semicircular Sofa: YOUNGER – Houseworks (breakfast bay)
Solid Acrylic Sofa Legs: Custom by California Acrylic Design (breakfast bay)
Chairs: HS STUDIO “Verona” Acrylic Chairs with Canary Suede Seats (breakfast bay)
Table: John Lyle Scroll Table Base in Polished Stainless Steel with 52″ round Milk Glass Top (breakfast bay)
Pool/Dining Table: ARMAND in White Oak with Electric Blue Fabric – Houseworks (dining)
Dining Chairs: MODLOFT “Luxo Fleet” in white leather – Houseworks (dining)
Dining Bench: ARMAND “Fusion” in light cream leather – Houseworks (dining) GAMMA INT’L ‘Twist’ Modern Leather Sectional Sofa in Elmo Soft Leather – Houseworks
Walnut Hutch w/Lath Herringbone Pattern – Designed & Fabricated by Nick Allman D & F LLC LIGNE ROSET ‘Ruche’ Corner Settee in Soft White Velvet and Graphite Legs TONELLI ‘Plinsky’ Coffee Table in Polished Chrome and Glass LIGNE ROSET ‘Pan Pan’ White Acrylic Pedestal Table MOOOI Acrylic Crochet Piece by Marcel Wanders Costantini Pietro ‘Villa’ Counter Stools in Gloss White and Custom Fabric from Alaxi EMECO Hand Polished Stainless Steel Counter Stools ALTURA ‘Astragal’ Writing Desk in Ash (home office) PLEXI-CRAFT Classic Acrylic Stool with Custom White Fur Upholstery IKEA ‘Stockholm’ Side Table in High Gloss White (home office) LUXE INTERIORS – Custom King Bed in ‘Bella Pearl’ Velvet with Stainless Nail Heads
Solid Maple and Ash Bench w/ Acrylic Lace Runner Designed & Fabricated by Cory Robinson Studio
“Iris” Mirrored Chest by Owner
“Gabriella” Polished Nickel Plated Side Table – HORCHOW EUROTREND ‘Elizabetha’ Dressing Chair in Beechwood with White Laquor by Jaime Bouzaglo (master bathroom) WS BATH COLLECTIONS ‘TS1’ Freestanding Dressing Makeup Mirror (master bathroom) TOTO ‘Universal’ Washout High Efficiency Urinal – Cotton White w/SLOAN Automated Flush (master bathroom) TOTO ‘Acquia’ Dual Flush Toilet – Cotton White DELTA ‘Vero’ Polished Chrome Paper Holder RADICI “Signal Collection” (steel webchair) BROWN JORDAN ‘Still’ Sofa and Table
Decorative Silver Leaf Mirror by Owner (one painted safety yellow)
Towel Bar: DURAVIT “Vero Collection” polished chrome towel bars
OKO New Zealand Wood Rug – Spazio di Casa (breakfast bay)
French Andirons – Circa 1860 by Owner
Zebra Rug – Elan Furs (fireplace lounge) TONELLI ‘Dekon 2’ Coffee Table American Leather Comfort Recliner in Elmo Soft Leather – Houseworks DUVAL ‘Lily’ Side Table in Brushed Chrome TFG Small and Large ‘Tribeca’ C Tables in Polished Chrome
“Climbers” Metal Sculptures in Custom White Gloss by ANCIZAR MARIN BLOMUS ‘Velo’ Stainless Steel Candlesticks BLOMUS Polished Stainless Steel Orbs
Aluminum and Glass Column Fountain by OEG – Outdoor Environmental Group (exterior balcony)
Limestone Planks and Artificial Grass – OEG – Outdoor Environmental Group (exterior balcony) Lighthouse Outdoor Torches in White Porcelain & Aluminum (exterior balcony) Paolo Rizzatto ‘Serralunga’ Planters in White Resin (exterior balcony) BLOMUS Polished Stainless Steel Garden Globes (exterior balcony) MAGIS Puppy in Orange (exterior balcony) Jonathan Adler ‘Alexandra’ Porcelain Vase (butler pantry) Jonathan Adler ‘Owl’ Bookends and “Charade” Studded Box (home office)
Custom Drapery Sheers in ‘Guggenheim Ice’ – DRAPERY STREET (master bedroom)
Custom Bedding in ‘Soft White Cotton’ – DRAPERY STREET (master bedroom)
Custom Bolsters in FABRICUT Velvet ‘Graphite’ – DRAPERY STREET (master bedroom) WS BATH COLLECTIONS ‘Urban’ Towel Bars in Polished Chrome (master bathroom) ATLAS ‘Platform’ Polished Chrome Cabinet Hardware (master bathroom)
Plate Glass Mirror Held Off Wall with Cove Lighting (master bathroom)
Sink: DURAVIT “Vero Collection” 47″ washbasin – Alpin white
Sinks: TOTO “Kiwami Renesse Collection”
Faucet: DELTA “Arzo Proximity Collection” sensing electronic faucet in chrome
Toilet: DURAVIT “Starck 3 Collection” toilet – Alpin white JULIEN ‘Vintage’ Under Mount Sink in Stainless Steel KWC ‘Ono Highflex’ Faucet /Soap Dispenser in Polished Chrome CORSTONE ‘Shoreham’ Drop in Sink – White (butler pantry) KRAUS Faucet in Polished Chrome (butler pantry) TOTO ‘Kiwami Renesse’ Design Vessel Sinks in Sana Gloss- Cotton White (master bathroom) GRAFF G ‘Immersion’ Faucet in Polished Chrome (master bathroom) NEWPORT BRASS ‘Secant’ Collection Shower Faucets in Polished Chrome (master bathroom) DELTA ‘Rizu’ Collection Wall Mount Single Hand Shower in Polished Chrome (master bathroom)
Alvar Suno Lithographs
“Is Forever Enough” bronze sculpture by JD Hansen Nick Allman D & F LLC – custom designed a fabricated art stand (Walnut + Reclaimed Wood Lath and Slate)
‘2 Transformers Surfing ‘ Custom Art by Susan Hodgin
16th Century Stained Glass Armorial Panel and Italian Pottery by Owner
Basswood Frame w/ Aluminum Trim, Fabrication and Installation by Nick Allman D & F LLC
“ Galana Figura Con Falda Cosida en Curvas” (Galana Figure with Skirt Stitched on Curves) – Graphic Art on Aluminum by Emma Fernandez
A new Modern Villa is in the works in the Old Northside neighborhood in Indianapolis at 1530 Broadway.
We’re grateful to be working on this excellent opportunity with our clients, a builder-developer and physician with two young children. In fact, our client has been building homes for many years, most recently in Fall Creek Place. He has been working with other design firms on these projects. However, they decided for their own dream-home, they would engage a more comprehensive design process with HAUS. Their goal was to design something unlike anything they have seen in Indianapolis, historic or new.
At our first design meeting, our client said this. “I know we can’t do this in Indianapolis, but we really LOVE Parisian apartments and how they feel”. We asked, “What are the qualities of a Parisian apartment that you love?”. “Tall ceilings, white walls, rich textural wood floors, nicely-detailed doors, trims, transoms”. Also “tall windows with breeze blowing through white shear curtains, and vibrant modern art”, we agreed. “Well then, now we have identified the qualities that create that ambiance”. Why can’t we achieve it on your property, minus the view of the Eiffel Tower?”
This was the beginning of a design concept which evolved to blend traditional and modern into one cohesive solution. We’ll be sharing more of the design development in the near future. Currently we are making some final design adjustments to the exterior in anticipation of IHPC-Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission public hearing for final design approvals.
Initial Design Concept
Our initial design concept proposed three traditional building volumes joined with modern infill. Traditional, hipped-roof elements were inspired by French Provincial architecture, with either brick or limestone cladding. Modern components had flat roofs, minimal details, and metal or painted cladding. The traditional/modern mix included intersections and relationships that could resolve themselves in interesting ways inside-out.
IHPC staff suggested that we downsize the accessory structure to be smaller in stature than primary structure. This was contrary to the essence of the original design concept. But our client was intrigued by the idea since it could be a way to also save on construction costs. We as architect were a little less eager to change the architectural concept. Initially we held-on to the notion that accessory structure technically is lower by a few feet. Besides, there are other examples on the Old Northside with larger accessory structures equal or larger in stature than primary. But we knew we had to explore a backup plan. This is because we appeared to be the only ones holding-on to the strict interpretation of the original diagram.
In the interests of efficiency, our client asked that we make some quick adjustments for initial submission. This included cutting-off the carriage house hipped roof and adjusting cladding material from masonry to panel siding. At this time, we just kept the initial window pattern unchanged – a bit unresolved overall. We knew we needed to do more to resolve the adjustments to design concept. Accordingly, we looked forward to the opportunity to refine the architectural diagram and complete the design in due process.
IHPC Hearing 1
Client presented the project at IHPC Public Hearing 1, and received several suggestions to advance the architecture:
Perhaps upstairs windows should be 1′-0″ taller considering the traditional front elevation + building proportions (drop the sills).
Provide details for the entry columns/fascia/railing and cornice (for clarity).
Resolve final cladding material palette, particularly as it pertains to the modern rain-screen cladding details (including columns).
Consider metal panel for the non-masonry, modern component cladding materials (fiber-cement panels may not be the answer).
Complete the carriage house design + material palette/details.
So, we were happy for the opportunity to re-engage and complete the design. But first, we needed to modify the concept diagram to consider the carriage house as a modern component.
Ironically, we were the last to buy-in to a more modern carriage house. Specifically, we still needed to resolve how it fit conceptually. It’s not as simple as cutting-off the hipped roof and changing the color. Traditional and modern window layout could and perhaps should be very different. And what about the resolution of materials? This needed to be a thoughtful solution, but simple. In the diagram above, we tweaked to a 3-color scheme from the previous 2-color diagram. Chiefly, we did this to maintain material and color contrast between loggia and carriage house. Carriage house to far left ties to the darker modern elements in material and form without changing the footprint. From here, we modify materials, openings, and details to resolve a logical and aesthetically pleasing composition.
IHPC Hearing 2
IHPC Commission voted to approve the project design on 02 January 2019. The only design suggestions pertained to limestone lintel thickness and hipped roof/cornice details on the traditional building components. Commissioner Jim Kienle suggested that the limestone lintel heights at windows/doors increase from 8″ to 10.25″. He also added that perhaps the hipped roof overhangs at tops of cornice could decrease a few inches. We agree that each of these two details could use a little more consideration/refinement.
The question is specifically, what is our inspiration for the two traditional volumes? French Provincial style architecture has inspired our initial concept. We have not delved too deeply into the nuances of the style to this point beyond the basic concepts. However, advancing forward, we believe we can interpret the style with some degree of flexibility. And we agree that subtle variances may affect the feel and technical accuracy of the architecture. We are intrigued by all styles of architecture and the nuances and importance of DETAIL, whether historical or modern. The modern/traditional tension in this design will make for some interesting contrasts inside and out.
Interiors are in-process. In fact, we are happy to report that our client has taken the modern-traditional concept and run with it. This includes the “story” of a historic home in ruins that they have taken, renovated, and woven together in a modern way.
A good collaboration is in the works, and we look forward to sharing how the diagram helps resolve big-picture relationships inside-out. It’s in the details, folks (as long as a strong, big-picture vision has been established first)!
Project Info – Modern Villa, Old Northside, Indianapolis
Architecture: HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Interior Architecture + Material Selections: HAUS with Owner
Construction: ZMC Urban Homes
Process Photography: to come (project to break ground by spring 2019)
Construction Process – Modern Villa, Old Northside, Indianapolis
Excavations, footings, and foundation walls are poured and steel is set. Basement framing has begun, so we are ready to see progress go vertical.
Massing looks just right in the streetscape. The property to the right was approved by IHPC before 1530 Broadway, but plans changed and it will be delayed. This is a good thing from the standpoint of construction staging for this project.
The adjacent Victorian to the south sold the 1530 lot to our client, and this house is currently for sale.
Interior framing has come along, and we can see how the space feels. This particular space below frames the kitchen. The south-facing clerestory windows bring an abundance of natural light into the heart of the home. Owner will be able to control the light with automated roller-blinds.
Courtyard space is coming along – the lanai, upper walkway, and carriage house will commence soon.
HAUS originally recommended an ochre brick, but Owner preferred a pinkish tone. This tone really looks good and contrasts nicely with the adjacent Victorian.
Please check-back as we will be adding more to the story as it unfolds!