Modern Lakehouse revitalization is now complete at Lake Clearwater in Indianapolis. This neighborhood, originally established in 1980s, has been undergoing a wave of substantial property improvements for the last several years. This project marks our third project in the neighborhood and second Clearwater design-build effort in 4 years.
HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
YEAR : 2018
LOCATION : Clearwater
ARCHITECTURE : HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Modern Lakehouse revitalization at Lake Clearwater in Indianapolis is now complete! This neighborhood, originally established in 1980s, has been undergoing a wave of substantial property improvements for the last several years. Certainly, it benefits from lakefront property in an area with some of the best restaurants and shopping in Indiana.
This project marks our third project in the neighborhood and second Clearwater design-build effort in 4 years. We really appreciate having another opportunity to work with this particular client, who is one of our all-time faves. Sometimes a team dynamic is spot-on, and it’s easy to get excited about going above-and-beyond for people that share our enthusiasm for a creative design process. Fittingly, our client started the process by affectionately naming the project, “Esther”.
AIA Indiana selected Esther to be on the AIA Home Tour in September 2018, and we enjoyed seeing so many of our friends, colleagues, and clients on the tour! Here below are some media links featuring Esther.
This home had been renovated several years ago, but it was time again for something new. Our client is moving here from their downtown home (see Adagio) that we helped them design in 2010-2012. they wanted to incorporate their favorite features from that location where appropriate. The question was how far would we be able to take the design with required approvals from the Lake Clearwater HOA.
The design concept simply looks to simplify and accentuate the existing structure with elementary expressions at entry, main living spaces, and lakeside maximizing south light and panoramic lakeside views. We eliminated the 45-degree angles, busy rooflines, and interior partitions for a streamlined solution capitalizing on the simple open-concept gable form. Entry, Kitchen, Home Office, Dining Area, and Master Suite are all completely new, and highlights include a white oak ceiling, porcelain tile floor, custom cabinetry, zinc standing seam roof, all new windows, and new exterior cladding. Our initial goal was to go darker on the exterior colors, but HOA-approved exterior color palette leans lighter. Owner decided to go with a lighter color, which was the right choice for this design and location.
Please check out the Architect’s website project page for more details about the design process.
Please check-back, as we will add some before shots showing where we began with this property.
DEMOLITION AND STRUCTURAL
We love breaking it open and getting to work. This photo below shows the framing stage after framers cleaned-out the space and blocked-in openings for winter until receiving windows. On the west-wall to the right, we added steel structure where needed to support the wind-loads and wall spans. Furthermore, we modified existing trusses with structural engineer design-assistance.
It’s really important to get a structural engineer involved when opening-up walls and ceilings. The reason is, some of these elements could be important for the stability of the structure. To the far left we can begin to see how the new south-facing dormer scales in the space.
Here below is a good shot of the new window wall/dormer (looking SSE toward direction of main entry). Entry is through the framed kitchen wall, with this wall providing privacy from new front entry to main living space.
The construction of the project started in late fall-early winter 2016. It looks like it was snowing this day (view from dock below).
Windows arrived and we got to live the open views to lake and let sunlight help warm the space. From a scale standpoint, the interior feels as expected, but always end-up looking better in real life.
We love this window wall and think it’s going to be money.
Here’s a lakeside view when window installations were underway. We worked with Franklin Window & Door on the acquisition and installation of Marvin Ultimate Series windows for this project. Having worked on a few properties, we know how lakeside winds and moisture can affect windows, doors, and siding.
This is why we pay strict attention to the design and installation of these walls especially. An excellent glazing product that manages water is important, as is the proper installation of flashings and sill pans. For this project, we also integrated a drainage plane (rainscreen) behind the siding that weeps water out of wall cavity.
We designed and installed all new windows on lakeside while maintaining stone chimney, rooflines, and deck structure. Furthermore, we were able to achieve some minor enhancements to the decks, but had to maintain the existing 45-degree angles to maintain views from adjacent properties. Happily, we were able to install prefabricated cable-rail systems to replace the outdated wood guards.
Derek Mills, (HAUS + WERK) worked as the project architect and also the construction manager for this project beginning-to-end. Here in the photo below, Derek is meeting with lumber supplier to discuss options for wood ceiling material. This lumber supplier also was helpful in brainstorming our options for the shiplap siding and then milling to our specifications. Yes, Derek Mills was overseeing the milling process. However, Derek was not doing any actual milling.
White oak is a great, timeless, beautiful material. Here below, the ceiling material is stacked on-site after milling and delivery. We were also able to utilize extra materials for the mirror accent wall in the Powder Room (see finish photos).
We take pride in overall vision, but also details, because they cannot exist independently for best outcomes. Architect as Construction Manager enables better communication, streamlining the successful detailing and implementation of details like the image below. The proportions of materials, how materials intersect or abut … the design team needs to decide on every detail. Up-front, we define what is important to our client. For this project, a level of design sophistication and construction follow-through was important.
It was really exciting to see the white oak ceiling and the kitchen cabinetry going-in because we had tested so many design options. We really enjoy leading projects from idea to implementation, especially with clients who are fun to work with. Seeing ideas progress into built-form successfully is icing on the cake, really.
Here below is the Poplar slatwall guardrailing system that we changed to compliment the hidden HVAC return-air grill detail. The trim carpentry work on this project is impeccable, as we have worked with this trade contractor for years on high-level projects. We can’t mention their name, because we need their availability on our projects, :).
Our client sent us this image on Easter Day, 2018.
Please check back on this project, as we’ll be adding more about the design process.