INTERIOR RENOVATION

Thornhurst Modern – Midcentury to Modern Avriel Shull Kitchen Overhaul

YEAR

2024

LOCATION

Carmel, IN

ARCHITECTURE

HAUS | Architecture for Modern Lifestyles

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  • YEAR : 2024
  • LOCATION : Carmel, IN
  • ARCHITECTURE : HAUS | Architecture for Modern Lifestyles
Thornhurst Modern in the historic Thornhurst neighborhood of Carmel, Indiana, includes an open-concept, U-shape kitchen and dining space, with White Oak cabinets, white quartzite countertops, and two wall ovens.


THORNHURST MODERN

In 1958, Avriel Shull, a renowned female home designer and builder, crafted the Thornhurst neighborhood, a unique collection of architectural masterpieces that embody her distinctive midcentury modern style. Among these, lot number 36, a cherished home, was poised for a sympathetic yet modern renovation. The current homeowners, deeply committed to preserving Shull’s legacy, were eager to restore their kitchen to its midcentury origins while optimizing it for contemporary living and entertaining.

The original kitchen, once the heart of the home, had lost its charm and functionality due to previous renovations. The low ceilings, outdated finishes, and poorly designed layout were significant obstacles. Despite its size, the kitchen could have been used more efficiently, but the refrigerator was placed away from the main work area. The connection between the kitchen and the beautiful private garden, with its mature trees providing a peaceful setting, was limited to a single slider patio door that replaced the original door and sidelight. The dining area, devoid of its views and covered in wall paneling, needed a refresh and a reconnection with the outdoors.

Our team, entrusted with the task of reviving Shull’s midcentury vision, embarked on a journey to reimagine what a modern Avriel would have created for this Thornhurst gem. We carefully selected materials that Shull herself might have favored: natural woods, cork flooring, and expansive glass elements to bring the outdoors in. We restored a seamless connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces by incorporating large, strategically placed windows. The dining area now offers panoramic views of the garden, and the new kitchen layout improves flow and functionality while also providing scenic views. The refrigerator, now conveniently located within the main work area, and the overall spatial reconfiguration ensure that multiple people can easily navigate the kitchen. The result is a testament to our successful reimagining, a bright, functional space that pays homage to Avriel Shull’s midcentury legacy while meeting the modern needs of its residents.


A woman in a yellow dress opens an overhead cabinet with an awning-style glass door to grab a wine glass in the Thornhurst Modern kitchen, located in Carmel, Indiana.
Views of the Thornhurst Modern sunroom are visible through a glass door and windows in the renovated Thornhurst Modern kitchen, located in Carmel, Indiana.

PROJECT INFO:

Architecture/Interior Design/Photography: HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles

Construction Management: WERK | Building Modern

Original Architect: Avriel Shull


Thornhurst Modern, located in the historic Thornhurst Neighborhood of Carmel, Indiana, features White Oak, flush-panel cabinetry with white Quartzite countertops and open shelving with green accents.
A woman in a yellow dress opens an overhead cabinet with an awning-style glass door to grab a wine glass in the Thornhurst Modern kitchen, located in Carmel, Indiana.
A dining room credenza sits in front of a floor to ceiling windows, showcasing the view of the background from the Thornhurst Modern dining space, located in Carmel, Indiana.
White Oak cabinetry, an induction cooktop, and a bowl of fruit are illuminated by midday sun in the renovated Thornhurst Modern kitchen, located in the historic Thornhurst neighborhood of Carmel, Indiana..
Flat-panel, White Oak cabinetry with white quartzite countertops and green accents make up the U-shaped kitchen and large island in Thornhurst Modern, located in Carmel, Indiana.
A woman opens a full-size wine fridge adjacent to a wet bar with wine glass storage above her in the kitchen of Thornhurst Modern, located in Carmel, Indiana.
A wet bar, wine glass storage, and a full-size wine fridge with stainless steel hardware, sit across from the island in the Thornhurst Modern kitchen, located in the historic Thornhurst neighborhood of Carmel, Indiana.
Views of the Thornhurst Modern sunroom are visible through a glass door and windows in the renovated Thornhurst Modern kitchen, located in Carmel, Indiana.
Thornhurst Modern in the historic Thornhurst neighborhood of Carmel, Indiana, includes an open-concept, U-shape kitchen and dining space, with White Oak cabinets, white quartzite countertops, and two wall ovens.
Thornhurst Modern, located in the historic Thornhurst Neighborhood of Carmel, Indiana, features White Oak, flush-panel cabinetry with white Quartzite countertops and open shelving with green accents.
A woman in a yellow dress opens an overhead cabinet with an awning-style glass door to grab a wine glass in the Thornhurst Modern kitchen, located in Carmel, Indiana.
A dining room credenza sits in front of a floor to ceiling windows, showcasing the view of the background from the Thornhurst Modern dining space, located in Carmel, Indiana.
White Oak cabinetry, an induction cooktop, and a bowl of fruit are illuminated by midday sun in the renovated Thornhurst Modern kitchen, located in the historic Thornhurst neighborhood of Carmel, Indiana..
Flat-panel, White Oak cabinetry with white quartzite countertops and green accents make up the U-shaped kitchen and large island in Thornhurst Modern, located in Carmel, Indiana.
A woman opens a full-size wine fridge adjacent to a wet bar with wine glass storage above her in the kitchen of Thornhurst Modern, located in Carmel, Indiana.
A wet bar, wine glass storage, and a full-size wine fridge with stainless steel hardware, sit across from the island in the Thornhurst Modern kitchen, located in the historic Thornhurst neighborhood of Carmel, Indiana.
Views of the Thornhurst Modern sunroom are visible through a glass door and windows in the renovated Thornhurst Modern kitchen, located in Carmel, Indiana.
Thornhurst Modern in the historic Thornhurst neighborhood of Carmel, Indiana, includes an open-concept, U-shape kitchen and dining space, with White Oak cabinets, white quartzite countertops, and two wall ovens.