This project was the latest phase of renovation on a home that we have been working on for these clients over the years. While previous renovations included adding a bedroom wing over the garage and adding exterior living space, this current phase had us reimagining the kitchen and primary bath, as well as some ancillary work in the basement and the exterior. The kitchen was the heart of the project and represented the biggest transformation to the home.
This remodel is part of our Bloomington Cohousing project and provided us with a unique opportunity to completely remodel and re-envision a very dilapidated 1970s-era home. There were quite a few discussions of tearing down the existing home and rebuilding from scratch in the very beginning, given the state of the structure and foundation. However, preserving the foundation, exterior walls, and trusses of the original home meant that we were able to keep those materials out of the landfill and also eliminated the additional materials and energy consumption that would have gone into all of the facets of building a new home. For us, the opportunity to take a home that is at the end of its functionality and breathe new life and time into it is one of the most special types of projects. In this instance, being able to do it for close friends was the icing on the cake. We are thrilled with how the home turned out and excited to have been a part of the process.
We purchased this 100-year-old limestone building in mid-2020 to be our new LWB headquarters. It had originally been built by The Bloomington Limestone Company for use as their main offices and drafting center. Aside from the centralized location, some of the things that appealed to us most about this building were the beautiful original limestone work and the functionality of the space. Beyond that, the building had never been renovated and aside from some floor coverings and paint, the entire building was in its original form and condition. All of the original woodwork, door hardware, and windows remained intact. Over the last two years, we have refurbished the entire building, while keeping all of the original exterior windows and door hardware and doing our best to clean them up and repair them, as needed.
This new home, Designed by Ernesto Castaneda, was a really exciting project for us. With a nod towards the traditional Indiana farmhouse, the exterior of this ranch home is a painted board and baton, while the interior is fleshed out with many hand-crafted and thoughtful details that help to complete our client’s vision.
We were contacted by these clients to remodel their kitchen on the Northeast side of town. Typical of the era, darker finishes, combined with a small patio door to the west end deck, further reflected a kitchen, not in scale or functional with the rest of the large home. The design solution was to expand into the previous dining space and put a focus on culinary, organization, and family collaboration; around a large central island flanked by a second sink, further serving to encourage family meal preparation and socializing. With floating shelves, glass backsplash, and seamless appliance planning and integration, the new kitchen is now more functional and updated.
This home is part of the new Bloomington Cohousing community. The homes within this neighborhood, originally designed by Mark Cornett, are all intentionally clustered around each other to create a sense of community and promote the use of shared common spaces, all within a small neighborhood footprint. These clients modified the design plan a lot to add their own personal touch to their home.