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Back40House

Back40House located in Pendleton, IN sits on family-owned land acquired in the 1800's.  Most certainly, we're excited to report that the design + construction process is now complete.  Please check-back as we'll be sharing the finished project and more back-story in the near future!

YEAR

2020

LOCATION

Pendleton, IN

ARCHITECTURE

HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles

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  • YEAR : 2020
  • LOCATION : Pendleton, IN
  • ARCHITECTURE : HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Regional Modern Farmhouse - South Elevation - Back40House - Pendleton, IN

Project Info:

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


Some History

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

From client page:

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

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

 

Historic Property Map - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Historic Property Map (Adams Township) – Client Land Plot – Back40House – Pendleton/Markelville, IN

Site Visits

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

 

HAUS' first site and client meting for Back40House - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
HAUS’ first site and client meeting for Back40House with Brad and Nan – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (February 2019)

 

Brad Hayes surveying the property (February 2019) - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Brad Hayes surveying the property (February 2019) – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (February 2019)

 

Design Process

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

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

 

Concept Diagram Options (Material Study) - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Concept Diagram Options (Material Study) – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (March 2019)

Construction Process

Site Staking Day

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

Site Staking Meeting - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Site Staking Day – Surveyors + Architects – Back40House – Pendleton, IN – photo by Brad Hayes (July 2019)

 

Site Staking Meeting - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Site Surveying + Staking was a group effort – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (July 2019)

 

Staking Corners - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Staking Corners – Back40House – Pendleton, IN – photo by Brad Hayes (July 2019)

 

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

Clearing a Path

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

 

Cutting a new path from road to site - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Cutting a new path from road to site – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (August 2019)

 

Clearing a Path - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Clearing a Path – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (August 2019)

 

Backhoe clearing a path for new driveway - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Backhoe clearing a path for new driveway – Heavy Equipment (CAT) – backhoe – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (August 2019)

Excavation Begins!

Owners John and Brad Surveying Site on Ground Breaking Day - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Excavation Underway – John and Brad Hayes walk the site) – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (August 2019)

 

Excavation Begins - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Layout and Excavation Begin – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (August 2019)

Jack Is Happy About It!

 

Jack is happy about ground breaking, and he didn't even help with the design or permitting - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
If anyone is happy about groundbreaking, it’s Jack! – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (August 2019)

 

The Frogs Are Probably Not Happy About It

 

Site Bullfrog - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Site Bullfrog – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (August 2019)

 

Mini Site Green Frog - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Mini Site Green Frog – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (August 2019)

 

Pumping Concrete

 

Placing Concrete Footings - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Placing Concrete Footings with Pump – Back40House – Pendleton, IN – photo by Brad Hayes (August 2019)

 

Footings Placed - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Concrete Footings Placed – Forms – Rebar – Back40House – Pendleton, IN – photo by Brad Hayes (August 2019)

 

Forming Foundation Walls

 

Foundation Walls Formed - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Foundation Walls Forms Set – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (August 2019)

 

Foundations Completed - View from North - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Foundations Completed – View from North – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (September 2019)

 

Foundations Completed View from East - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Foundations Completed View from East – Drainage Tile Installed, Pea Fill, Slabs, Backfill – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (September 2019)

 

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

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

 

Concrete Footings Progress - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Concrete Footings Progress – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (September 2019)

 

Rough Carpentry Commences

 

Floor Framing Underway - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Floor Framing Underway – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (October 2019)

 

Framing Progress - View from Northeast Garage - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Framing Progress – View from Northeast Garage – Garage + Main Platform Framing Progress – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (October 2019)

 

Racing Shop Framing Progress - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Racing Shop Framing Progress – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (October 2019)

 

Beautiful Rural Indiana Morning - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Beautiful Rural Indiana Morning – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (October 2019)

 

Framing Progress - View from Northwest - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Framing Progress – View from Northwest – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (October 2019)

 

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

 

North Shed Roof Master Bedroom + Studio Framing Progress - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
North Shed Roof Master Bedroom + Studio Framing Progress – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (October 2019)

Getting Weathered-In

 

South Exterior Elevation (framing progress) - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
South Exterior Elevation (framing progress) – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (November 2019)

 

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

 

Giant north window view from Entry Hall - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Giant north window view from Entry Hall – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (November 2019)

 

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

 

Clerestory Window in Guest Bedroom Framed - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Clerestory Window in Guest Bedroom Framed – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (November 2019)

 

First Winter Snow and we're weathered in - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
First Winter Snow and we’re weathered in – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (November 2019)

 

Floor truss allowance for ductwork - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Floor truss allowance for ductwork – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (November 2019)

 

Flat Roof Design

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

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

 

South Elevation Progress Photo - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
South Elevation Massing Takes Shape – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (November 2019)

 

Framing Progress - View from North (November 2019) - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Framing Progress – View of Breezeway from North (November 2019) – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (November 2019)

 

Corten Siding Sample

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

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

 

Corten Steel siding sample is weathering - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Corten Steel siding sample is weathering – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (November 2019)

 

First Winter Snow + Framing Progress (November 2019) - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
First Winter Snow + Framing Progress (November 2019) – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (November 2019)

 

Rainscreen Siding Delivery

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

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

 

Rustic Channel Cedar Siding - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Rustic Channel Cedar Siding – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (December 2019)

 

Entry Breezeway detail highlights corrugated Corten at initial installation pre-weathering - Rustin Channel Cedar clads garage and porch - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Entry Breezeway detail highlights corrugated Corten screenwall at initial installation pre-weathering – Rustin Channel Cedar clads garage and porch – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (summer 2020)

 

Nearing Completion: Entry hall carries exterior materials to the interior (Cedar + Corten Steel) - Back40House - Pendleton, IN
Nearing Completion: Entry hall carries exterior materials to the interior (Cedar + Corten Steel) – Back40House – Pendleton, IN (summer 2020)

 

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