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
Minimalist Modern House is located in Indian Head Park, a suburb southwest of Chicago. Specifically, this project on Hiawatha Lane is in an area experiencing redevelopment of preexisting home-sites.
We initially met our client in 2013 where we helped design a master plan to renovate their property in Monon, IN on Lake Schafer. Ultimately, they decided to focus on their full-time residence in Chicago rather than their weekend property. Indeed, to begin that process, they initially engaged with a local Chicago design firm recommended by their original contractor.
Months later, client reconnected with HAUS to request design feedback and possible project oversight to completion. We were happy to help offer some big-picture suggestions inside-and-out to help pull the initial ideas together into a comprehensive design solution. Albeit, our client needed final design input for their purposes and also for community approvals.
Once engaged, we were able to clarify an identifiable architectural concept from preliminary development provided by Joe Trojanowski Architect PC. HAUS and Trojanowski worked together as a team with client to pull the final concepts and details together.
Accordingly, residential construction plans in Chicago area require an architect or engineer of record (or stamp). For this reason, it made most sense for Trojanowski to remain Architect-of-Record and finish what they started with HAUS oversight as “design architect”.
Albeit, Trojanowski had already begun a very detailed technical draft of plans. However, these drawings were more geared toward achieving permits and less geared toward a complete architectural vision. So for that reason, HAUS focused on conceptual ideas, materials, and related details resolution inside and out. Concurrently, Trojanowski focused on permit requirements, technical drawings, and structural coordination.
Rendering views completed above and below by HAUS included suggestions for exterior materials, exterior window adjustments, some subtle refinements to parapet heights, and wall locations. Ironically, this design process was similar to many of our renovation projects. This is because we already had a preexisting design that needed some review. So, as with many of our renovation projects, our primary objective was to essentially simplify and edit. We worked to clarify relationships and connections inside and out to help inspire decisions for material and form within the preexisting massing and layout concepts already established.
On the inside, we made a few suggestions and refinements to master suite and other room layout details. Later, we reviewed client shop drawings and provided feedback on proposed interior concepts for kitchen, fireplace, stair, and built-ins for client review.
The contractor with client also had some great suggestions on how to execute some of the details along the way.
Client did not commission HAUS for regular construction-phase consulting. However, we did keep in-touch with an ongoing design dialogue and some limited design consulting along the way.
As HAUS is located in Indianapolis, and the project is 3.5 hour one-way drive, HAUS visited the site semi-yearly. Without a doubt, we were happy to swing by the site on Easter and Thanksgiving while passing through for holiday family visits in the area to see progress. Also, it was great to continue the design dialogue during the construction phase.
Our client insisted the home be durable, long-lasting, and energy-efficient. For this reason, he built the structure with concrete foundation walls, steel beams, and CMU (concrete masonry unit) walls. Most certainly, the home would have cost less with wood or maybe even SIPS (structural insulated panel system) walls. However, our client wanted more heft, durability, and sound isolation.
As seen below, radiant heated floors encompass the entire lower level. Here, trades have installed the hydronic radiant system prior to concrete slab placement.
As we can see, all exterior walls are CMU (concrete masonry unit) construction, at Owner request. At this stage, Owner was still investigating exterior cladding options. As our initial concepts assumed a rainscreen, non-masonry cladding, exterior details did not include any masonry bearing ledges. For these reasons, we assumed a low area of concrete footings would remain exposed, and emphasized this feature accordingly. For example, referring to the back rendering elevations, we continued the exposed concrete base to wrap one side of deck and provide base for the outdoor fireplace. In comparing renderings to actual construction, team achieved portions of the original intent, while some details were added or tweaked.
This photo below is one of our favorite construction views, capturing the overall massing of the house on the property. It gives us a feel for final solid and void of exterior wall design.
On the backside, the sheltering porch is taking shape. At upstairs balcony, we had suggested elimination of the wall offset for a simpler flush upper story condition. However, this was not modified, as we would have had to add another steel beam to support the CMU. Actual installation keeps the upper and lower story CMU bearing wall alignments as shown. Flat roof awning is included to keep some precipitation off the Nanawall balcony doors.
From the interior, many of the windows are full-height. Other than sliding glass walls (Nanawall), all exterior windows are Fleetwood Windows & Doors. Many of the operable windows are awnings. Their size allows for emergency egress from bedrooms. This particular view below is from Study-Playroom.
High-Velocity HVAC Sytem
As seen here, a high-velocity HVAC system is incorporated to supplement the hydronic radiant system downstairs. This system requires smaller openings and shafts for air movement, and lower profile outlets and inlets throughout the spaces. Most of the supply ducts are flexible plastic-wire wrapped in fiberglass and foil coating. The design and installation of this type of system when combined with hydronic radiant requires a level of expertise beyond the norm to ensure optimal performance and control appropriate for the locale.
Owner added 2×4 wood-stud furring to all perimeter walls with open-cell foam insulation. Roof structure received minimum R24 closed-cell board insulation over deck and under roof membrane. Underside of roof deck received minimum R30 open cell foam. Below we can see installation of NanaWall sliding doors with access to Master Bedroom roof balcony to overlooking backyard.
Owner maintained the two-tone exterior, but decided to change from cement board or metal cladding to masonry on both the light and darker sections. At the time of this photo, Owner had not yet made a final decision on the lighter material (2-story volume). Also, the outdoor fireplace base was built with CMU base instead of concrete per original renderings. Brick appears to possibly be Queen-sized for less depth than modular. Since we had originally designed for siding/rainscreen, we discussed adding steel lintels anchored to CMU to serve as masonry bearing since we did not include foundation brick ledges.
Eclectic Italian Renaissance Addition is located on historic Washington Boulevard in Indianapolis, Indiana – one of the City’s most beautiful historic neighborhoods.
Our clients have lived at this location for 40+ years, and they intend to stay there as long as possible. So to support that goal, we have collaborated with them to design a new main level master suite and a new accessible entrance on the rear of the home.
Please see below for the design process.
Eclectic Italian Renaissance Addition
Client: Private Residential Client
Architecture: HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Interior Design Collaboration: HAUS with Kalleen & Company
Construction Management: WERK | Building Modern
Photography: HAUS (except where noted otherwise)
Design Process – Eclectic Italian Renaissance Addition:
It was important to our clients that we respect and enhance the existing Eclectic Italian Renaissance architecture, and not introduce something foreign into the mix. However from a massing standpoint, it wasn’t obvious how to achieve the additional main level space. This was due to the tight setbacks on the north side and existing vehicular access drives/garage on the west. Then to the south, the Owner had cared for their gardens for years, and wanted to tread lightly on that side.
Please check-back later for updates! We’ll be sure to share details of the design and construction process.
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
This New Rural Modern House on a large isolated suburban landscape is free to be whatever it wants to be. This location has no required design review committees, nor are zoning variances needed. Just meet the Owner goals and zoning criteria and go for it. Owner expressed an interest in privacy, natural light, and Mid-Century Modernism. They referenced a few Midcentury design images they liked along with a few examples of courtyard-style homes that suited their taste. Most importantly they made it clear, “this is the last home we are doing, and we want to do it right”.
Design Concept – Rural Modern House
The campus-style, courtyard-driven design solution for this home balances passive design opportunities with a multi-tiered program working to balance aesthetics and budget. Architect has defined each major program element placed with respect to beneficial adjacencies, solar orientation, views, access, and privacy. Front approach is low-key and private, with a sheltering front porch, offset front door, and smaller front windows. Upon entry, views open to the back courtyard and vaulted living space, with visual access to the bedroom and recreation wings framing the pool terrace and covered outdoor eating area. Main living core, recreation, bedrooms, art studio and garage all express independent volumes connected by a central axis. Overall architectural aesthetic is a blend of Modernism and rural agrarian form and material.
This rear-view diagram above illustrates the linear axis connecting all portions of the plan. Owner will use the grain-bin studio to the far-right for gardening, painting, and metalworking. Studio will be part of Phase Two after move-in. Please check back for updates as we will be adding to the story.
After many months of planning, we are excited to finally be breaking ground in late fall 2015. The photo below views progress from back-yard. Lower right of photo is the pool-deck, and the front left-side space is the Recreation Wing (pool house). Far upper left is the 3-car Garage. Pool Deck originally faced south southeast, but in a last-moment decision, Owner decided to turn the orientation. So, builder turned the footprint about 55 degrees counter-clockwise so pool deck would face the back woods – almost directly east. The house was designed to take advantage of the south passive solar light. And we also took into consideration that we maintain enough privacy from the property to the south. So, we are watching closely how this adjustment may affect the interior quality of light.
This framing-progress photo below is during mid-November 2015. It’s always fun to see the bones taking shape in built form. Things seem to be just as we had hoped from a scale, proportion, and interior volume standpoint. Computer modeling has made things so much more accurate in communicating the design. This ease translates to us, our clients, and the construction teams; less surprises and design-misunderstandings. This house is stick-frame (2×4 walls) on 8″ thickness concrete foundation walls – based on builder/crew familiarity; and therefore, cost.
Architectural Stair + Drywall
The unique window/wall design in the architectural stair is partially a result of HVAC system integration. Vertical chase feeding from lowest-level is to the left of these stair windows. Horizontal duct runs feeding the three floors of the bedroom wing run horizontally between the windows just below respective floor structure for each floor. Sloped window sills bring more light into the stair space, with an aesthetic nod to LeCorbusier’s, Notre Dame du Haut.
This photo from the back in early summer 2016 shows infinity pool and exterior siding/roofing progress. Modern homes like this with a sophisticated mix of exterior cladding and roofing materials take more design, detail, and coordination. And certainly as compared to the norm, a project like this takes a more commercial level of precision. The clean lines make imperfections more noticeable. So in many ways, “simple” can be more difficult to achieve. Brick-cladding on the bedroom wing to the right is nearing completion.
Notice the subtle accent/texture in some areas of the brick. We achieved the variation with raked mortar joints in these areas adjacent to concave mortal joints. This was an effort to find the right balance of detail and simplicity. The siding areas to the left will be primarily pre-finished cement board rainscreen walls. This material is not common and requires a fair level of craftsmanship. Build team will install these panels later in the process. Outdoor Covered Lounge/Grill Area (to far left inside corner) will have a wood ceiling and back wall.
This photo below shows status of the main living space viewed from the Kitchen area as trim carpenters have taken-over. The big sliding-glass doors and transoms are long lead-time items and will arrive in a few weeks. Initial concept for the interiors included light to medium-gray large-format tiles. These tiles would reflect light and absorb warmth from passive solar in winter. We designed trusses in white-painted wood, with a wood ceiling to add warmth to the space. Kitchen cabinets were to be rift-cut white oak door fronts, with exposed white cabinet boxes. Up to this point, Architect led the exterior and interior design concepts, in collaboration with Owner and build team.
During the design process, some of the original decisions evolved on-the-fly. Owner preferred wood flooring over tile, and selected a semi-dark stained species. Since floors changed to wood, we modified living space ceilings to white-painted drywall. Large trusses changed from white to stained wood to match floors. We are not sure if the darker floor and trusses will adversely affect the lightness of the space. However, we believe the new modified interior renderings and lighting scheme look nice.
Overall, the original interior architecture concepts are true-to-form. The details are on-track and the cabinetry is true-to-concept. Original rift-cut white oak cabinet doors changed to light bamboo. Owner deals in office furniture where white oak is very common and didn’t want white oak in their home. We are hopeful that the bamboo will help achieve the desired, timeless vibe.
After exploring a number of exterior cladding options, we ended-up with a bit more brick and a bit less cement-board rainscreen than planned. The brown brick in the left-side bedroom wing is as per original concept. But client preferred to swap-out the original dark-gray cement board for the warm-gray brick. Early in the design process, we explored ultra-high performance concrete panels for exterior cladding. However, this technology is extremely expensive. Later, we defaulted to CBF, parts of which were replace with brick per photo below.
From a conceptual standpoint, it was important to us to do everything we could to maintain the design integrity of the original cladding parti. Dark brick replaced original grey concrete panels to save cost, but we were able to mostly maintain the vision. During construction, the team still needs to make a number of interpretations and decisions. And as originator of the design concepts, the Architect should be the primary point-of-contact to help fill-in the blanks along the way.
Roofing + Cladding
Sloped roof above is standing seam metal in a preweathered galvalume finish. This color is affordable, and is as close as you can get to a zinc-look for the cost.
Black Reveal-Shield is an open-joint rainscreen systems as the WRB (weather-resistive-barrier) behind the final exterior wall cladding. Vertical black strips are composite battens with rubber strip gaskets to mount the cement board rainscreen system. Architect specified a flashing component to transition between vertical and horizontal panels, but it it not present in the mock-up. This photo shows the initial cement-board mock-up for Owner and Architect review.
Cement Board Cladding
In late summer 2016, it was finally time to install the cement-board cladding as we did successfully at Copperwood (where we served as Construction Manager via WERK | Building Modern). But with this Ditch Rd project, builder expressed concerns about the tolerances and difficulty of some of the details. This photo above shows the initial builder mock-up. White panels are CBF cladding. The black weather-resistive barrier keeps water out. The vertical channels provide a mountable surface for the panels. We had discussed flashing at the vertical-to-soffit panel transition that had not been installed in this photo. Joints between panels are 5/16″. Since reveals are black, the contrast between black and white require a fair level of precision.
The details for this project were a bit more complex than those at Copperwood. And according to builder, labor costs were going to be higher than anticipated. In discussing complexities and alternatives on-site, the team reviewed cement board vs the idea of using stucco instead. HAUS firmly pressed to proceed as planned with the cement board, and agreed that some areas could use larger pieces. We felt this system would achieve the intended technically-refined, low-maintenance, water-managed cladding solution.
Although it is not an industry expectation, Owner expressed a desire for absolute perfection. Builder was not confident that they could achieve a high-enough level of precision to meet that request. Architect tried to convince all parties that the the minor variances were still going to allow for an excellent outcome. We had agreed on this material and detail 18 months prior, with builder design process participation. However, the team abandoned the CBF material in-favor of EIFS. Owner and Builder were concerned potential joint alignment imperfections, even if within accepted tolerances, would be a long-term disappointment.
Earlier in the design process we had explored stucco as an option. But at that time, Owner had ruled it out due to water-intrusion issues that the EIFS product had in their previous neighborhood. Many improperly-detailed, non-water managed EIFS projects were failing in the residential industry at the time. Owner decided on Stucco/EIFS to clad all the white siding areas instead of cement board. So, builder removed all of the cement board WRB and battens in favor of a stucco system.
We didn’t agree with that decision, but the builder said he would eat the CBF costs. This made the decision easy for Owner (much to Architect’s dismay). Months later, we learned that Owner held Architect accountable for their decision to change course. Since then, architect has felt fall-out from that particular chain of events. Builder removed the unused panels to Owner warehouse where they may still be sitting unused.
“Anyhoo”, we pushed for the smoothest sand-finish EIFS possible with the new direction. The goal with this finish was so to most closely resemble real portland cement stucco. We always recommend water-managed wall-cladding systems no matter the material. However, it seems the build team may not have used a water-managed system here. Water managed systems (grooves in the backside of the rigid insulation) probably lose most of their CI (continuous exterior insulation) benefit in an EIFS system. It appears that most EIFS installers still prefer non water managed. They promote the system weather barrier direct to sheathing, followed with adhesive application of the system (so no mechanical fasteners penetrating the assembly). If all areas are flashed accordingly per manufacturer recommendations, maybe this system is resilient.
EIFS installer placed sealant at all column base concrete porch conditions. So, it appears there is no way for water to weep out of the wall system if it ever gets in. We aren’t sure if a base weep would have been advised. We were able to give input on all the joint locations to somewhat realize original design integrity. Standard v-groove EIFS joints give some detail in lieu of a more complicated extruded aluminum profile integration. Some of the EIFS details vary from design intent, but overall, the team achieved the look. More reflection and time will tell if stucco/EIFS was a good choice.
More architect involvement during construction is never a bad idea. For this reason, we always push to function as architect, interior designer, and builder on our best design projects. See the story why at WERK | Building Modern. We prefer to take the lead in the design-build process beginning-to-end. With this process, architect leads the coordination of ongoing field construction decisions and alternatives along the way. Design-by-committee or redesign and reconsideration of design-intent during the construction phase without Architect oversight is a precarious road to take. This especially applies for a project like this (modern, commercial level of detail). However, the team dynamic and client-priorities may dictate a different approach.
The Owner still plans to build the studio as a future Phase Two. This studio will be a great feature for the owner. Also, it will complete the architectural composition by helping achieve visual balance and also softening an otherwise angular design. See the renderings, especially the aerial view.
The front facade and front entry porch (photos above and below) exhibit an understated, horizontal form. Repetitive columns frame the porch, entry, and study. Restraint and privacy trump opulence and grandiosity. This front living core is the central space from which all other wings radiate. The main gutter is to extend beyond the facade on each side and have a chain downspout to landscape.
These photos of rear exterior cladding progress are from late fall 2016. Rough grading was underway and exterior stucco was in-process. Overall, things are coming along well, and it is exciting to see the final touches coming together.
The thermally-treated wood cladding at Front Entry Porch was an Owner construction change on-the-fly. We originally designed this cladding as dark grey cement board in 6″ wide horizontally planks mounted on rainscreen wall system. This was part of the “grey siding ribbon” that was wrapping the Living Wing. Most of the grey siding was changed to the grey brick, but this area under the porch and running toward the Garage was changed to wood based on the Owner’s appreciation for the thermally-treated Ash at Copperwood. With this radical change to the original design-intent, Architect encouraged the client to give the wood siding a grey-tint. The idea was to maintain the design concept integrity and not have the appearance of too many materials being used. Instead, Owner opted for a natural thermally-treated wood finish with a clear-coat to maintain the appearance and not weather gray.
The wood cladding is a nice-looking product (thermally treated Poplar). We are keeping an eye on how it will work with the overall composition. We hope this additional exterior material won’t be too busy. Overall, this porch looks fantastic in this photo, including the simple white beams and plank ceiling. Rainscreen battens were not used and the wood siding is touching the concrete porch floor. We would have liked to advise on the proper detailing of these installations for longevity.
Little details throughout could be better. For instance, with a little more attention to detail, team could have relocated or camouflaged the HVAC return-air grille visible through the entry door transom window. We have creative ideas for how to minimize the visual impact of mechanicals in circumstances like this. However, implementation of these micro-details takes the extra time and effort above-and-beyond a normal builder-lead approach and perhaps budget allowances. In the creation of architecture, how far to take the design and detail is always a balance. What prevails, quality, timelines, or budgets? Two of these three may be possible.
Here below is another view of the architectural stair in the bedroom wing. This is the only stair in the house and it connects all three levels. We attempted to make it an interesting, light-filled space. For the most-part, things came out as planned based on the 3D diagrams. We didn’t over-detail things here, and some things were left to the trades/builder to work-out basing decisions on similar decisions/budgets to New Modern House Treesdale, which had the same design and build team in-place. The stair + railing details could have used a bit more attention and follow-through with architect’s 3D concepts. But the final window, trim, and drywall details here came-out just right.
We detailed this cable-rail condition so the cables would anchor into a minimal wood trim. However, trim carpenters anchored them directly into drywall instead. This is a difficult detail to achieve and seems a bit unresolved. Floor trims and stair treads were to match the factory floor finish, but not quite a match. Landing detail at window to the left could have been more elegant with Architect assistance. Getting every micro-detail perfect requires a certain level of precision and team oversight. This usually translates into more time and cost. So, it comes down to Owner priorities to determine how far we take the details and definition of quality. Overall, this is a great project and team achievement and we are happy for the opportunity to have been involved.
The integrity of the Master Bathroom design came through well – as did the related Kitchen area. Cabinet door-fronts were originally to be rift-cut white-oak, and replaced with light bamboo; overall a nice look. The cabinet run continues from this double vanity to the left into a make-up area. From there, the motif continues into counter-height Master Bedroom storage drawers. We are really happy how the original interior architecture design concepts have come to fruition.
Architect had completed a comprehensive design vision (site, exterior, interior) before construction began. Early in the construction process, the team had started the interior finish selections process. At that time, Owner had expressed the desire to shift gears with some of the suggested directions (more finish-related items). Owner preferred hardwood flooring throughout (instead of the large-format tile we proposed in living spaces). So since we ended-up with dark hardwood flooring throughout, we made some other adjustments. Beams shifted to darker wood to match floors, and ceilings became white drywall instead of wood. This did make the interiors a lot darker. Darker floor finish paired with turning the house away from the original solar exposure most certainly made a difference. Cabinets changed from rift-cut white oak to a linear grain bamboo, which maintained the concept in those areas.
As we had established the exterior and interior design concepts, we still needed to make all final interior selections. Owner expressed a desire to get assistance with interior furniture and furnishings, so HAUS recommended Tom Vriesman. From there, HAUS shared the interior vision documents. Subsequently, Vriesman took the reins on primary coordination of interior finish and fixture selections with Owner and HAUS collaboration. Team was respectful in staying-true to HAUS’ established interiors concepts (thanks, Tom!). Chris and Tom have worked together successfully on projects in the past and we speak the same design-language.
Living Space Interior Details
The large 10′ wide by 8′ tall sliding glass doors by EFCO arrived and they look great. The team and owner debated the idea of reducing the size of these doors, mainly to save cost. We encouraged keeping the bigger doors. To the far right just past the kitchen island, one can see how 8′-wide doors would have looked (too small!). There were no local installations to inspect the EFCO commercial-grade sliding door product prior to ordering. Would doors be too heavy and difficult to operate due to their size and weight of the double-glazing?
Builder visited an installation in St. Louis to advise on operation. As it turns-out, they are not ultra-light, but serviceable. Their lower price-point for that size door when compared to some of the smoother-operating more expensive products led to EFCO. As large, sliding glass-panel door continue to increase in popularity, more and more options are becoming available. Only time living-in and using the space will determine if this product was the right choice for the owner.
Steel Fireplace Details
We had fun with the fireplace and kitchen island/cooktop/hood areas in the interior. The goal was to create an alignment, detail, and material relationship between these three interior features. We utilized steel cladding to unify and camouflage the dark TV/Fireplace units. Then, we borrowed the same steel material to wrap the kitchen hood. Grey tile makes-up the difference, used on fireplace, kitchen island, and cooktop wall. Originally, we intended to use this tile on most floors. Sides of the fireplace incorporate storage cubbies for wood, books, and other items. We’ll be painting insides of cubbies a dark grey to more closely resemble the steel coloration. These are minimal/modern details that are tedious to achieve, but a difference-maker when accomplished. In the photo below, the steel cladding was to extend all the way down to the fireplace opening. So, we may see an adjustment there to the steel.
Even with finish changes to the floors, beams, and cabinets, the integrity of the main living spaces came through well. The beams came-out way darker than the floors, but what can you do at that point? The bamboo cabinets should be a good alternative to white oak and we hope they’ll remain as timeless.
This open-concept layout includes a back kitchen that continues beyond the cooking wall to left of window sink. These back pantry areas are ideal to enable some dirtier behind-the-scenes work; a place to have the wall ovens, food storage, clean-up sink, and prep area. If things don’t want to be totally on display with an open kitchen, then a functional pantry serves that purpose. The space feels a little darkish, but the scale of the main living space probably helps.
Final Exterior Details
We designed special scupper details for conditions like this below; however, this actual installation isn’t what we designed. Without open runoff for overflow, debris may not run freely of the flat roofs. Team didn’t consult architect on these changes from design. Roofer should have provided shop drawings for architect review – c’mon people!
The wood siding looks nice overall. Its introduction does add another level of complexity to the facade. We noticed here that siding touches concrete at base. For certain, we would have suggested raising base from concrete and incorporation of a rainscreen batten detail to properly weep water and ensure a longer-lasting installation. We certainly hope this detail doesn’t compromise siding longevity.
We detailed the front gutter as box-style channel. It was to overlap the corner by 24″ or so to direct water and splash away from the structure. Build team installed an Ogee-style gutter instead with rain-chain alignment with column. Over time, the proximity and anticipated splatter may create maintenance issues at the now EIFS column. We aren’t sure why these original design details were not followed. Build team didn’t consult the architect. The answer would have been “not recommended”, with supporting rationale. Since we were out of the loop, we are left to wonder if budget drove these compromises. Or was it just an oversight? Again, on the construction projects we manage, these details get realized properly.
We love the linear snow-guard bar. The bar and hardware is a good look.
Owner moved-in to the home in late 2016, and furnishings are mostly complete by now. Most of the exterior landscaping completed in spring 2017, however it may take a few season for plantings to mature. We do not have a firm timetable for the Phase Two Studio addition, but believe it’s still in the plan. Overall, we’re grateful to have been involved on this excellent design opportunity; however, we are not satisfied with the overall process or the team dynamic. We hope to be able to finish the documentation/photography on the project in the future.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Please come back to see more about Modern Lakeside Retreat.