Builder’s Notes

Progress at Our Indianapolis Office
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Progress at Our Indianapolis Office

We’re excited to share the latest developments from our Indianapolis office project! At our new office, in the historic Jungclaus-Campbell building on Massachusetts Avenue, our team has been diligently working to create a space that blends functionality with a modern aesthetic. (It’s important to note that while this marks our second office location, Bloomington will…

Our Service Areas Have Grown
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Our Service Areas Have Grown

As our team has grown, so has our capacity and desire to serve areas outside of what has historically been our core Monroe County home. In recent years, this growth has taken us to Columbus, Indianapolis, and the surrounding areas, and this growth feels like the next logical step in the evolution of our company and our team.

To this end, we recently signed a lease for a shared property in the Jungclaus-Campbell building, situated on the vibrant Massachusetts Ave. in Indianapolis. We are thrilled to be carving out a spot for ourselves in such a dynamic and historic area.

Carbon Neutral Initiatives

Carbon Neutral Initiatives

We recently launched a new initiative to look at our carbon footprint and the impact our construction business has on the environment. Our core values are centered around being good citizens of our local community and the world as a whole, and part of that also means being good climate citizens. Acknowledging the significant role carbon emissions play in driving climate change, we set a goal to be completely carbon neutral in 10 years. One of the steps that we took toward that goal last year was to partner with Carbon Neutral Indiana to start by offsetting the carbon emissions from our office, shop, and vehicular use from our crew.

ADU’s in Bloomington
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ADU’s in Bloomington

In the past few years, as Bloomington has started allowing ADUs by right, we have seen an increase in inquiries and requests for these projects. We have had the opportunity to take part in a couple of ADU projects. One was designing and renovating the original (but distressed) limestone garage that existed on our client’s property and turning it into an ADU. The project consisted of taking what was a very small and very rough garage and repurposing it as a small overflow space for the home.  Also, we are currently building ADUs on a few lots in our Bloomington Cohousing neighborhood. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are an emerging trend in the housing landscape in Bloomington and across the rest of the country. ADUs, also known as granny flats, in-law suites, or backyard cottages, are small, self-contained residential units built on the same property as an existing home. 

Introducing our Client-Centric Design Studio
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Introducing our Client-Centric Design Studio

We recently acquired our neighboring building which was formerly a travel agency to expand our office workspace. This client-centric space, now known as the Design Studio, serves as an extension of our creative team’s domain and plays an integral part in our overall design process.

The design studio provides designers and clients with a resource for comprehensive support throughout the entire design process – from schematic design all the way to construction. Our well-stocked studio allows us to show clients design and style options in a timely manner. This allows us to maintain our strong commitment to the aesthetics of the project and provide a highly positive client experience. 

Brushing Up with LWB Paint Expert Dan Knipstine

Brushing Up with LWB Paint Expert Dan Knipstine

At LWB we have an extraordinary in-house paint team that is a vital part of our new construction and remodeling projects. There is a lot of talent on this team and they continually deliver the high level of craftsmanship you’ve come to expect from LWB. This team holds almost 75 years of collective painting experience and comprises Dan Knipstine (38 years), Jon McCoy (15 years), Evan Knipstine (15 years), Austin Lucas (3 years), Eric Swanson (2 years), and Caleb Samland (2 years). We wanted to share a little bit of the history of our paint crew lead, Dan Knipstine, and also talk about the service this crew provides to our clients.

Reclaimed Urban Timber

Reclaimed Urban Timber

We have had the pleasure of working closely with Bluestone Tree for years and are very excited about their recent expansions in offering reclaimed urban timber. This is a hyper-local rescue of diseased and dying trees that would otherwise turn into landfill products or be burned for fuel. Both burning and mulching will ultimately release the carbon stored in these trees into the atmosphere. Keeping in line with one of our core principles, which is a commitment to lowering the environmental impact in our construction process, we can use these products that Bluestone brings to the market and salvage these beautiful wood slabs and other byproducts of these trees for use in our projects.

Birdhouses for Bluebirds

Birdhouses for Bluebirds

We are continuously inspired by Sycamore Land Trust and its efforts to help restore native bird populations to the Midwest. After seeing a post from Sycamore Land Trust about birdhouses that they had put up, we contacted Chris Fox, the Land Stewardship Director, and he provided us with multiple birdhouse plans for building our own. 

What We Are Seeing in the Building Industry

What We Are Seeing in the Building Industry

When the Coronavirus and the ensuing shutdown hit, we could have never predicted that the construction industry would continue to thrive. In fact, when this started to impact the US and businesses started to close, many of our jobs started canceling and all signs pointed towards a broader slowdown in work. We took that time, like most in our community, to prepare for the worst, while hoping for the best. After being labeled essential, we organized and educated ourselves on how to proceed safely and then got to work. Fast forward a few months and the current reality is very different from what we had anticipated at the start of the shutdown.