In the mid-1970s there existed 33 acres under glass in the form of huge cypress and glass greenhouses near Terre Haute. Our client’s father, along with many other craftsmen and homesteaders, salvaged these components when the commercial greenhouses were decommissioned. From this material, our client’s father built an attached 18/12 pitch/angle to harvest the southern sun. Last year our client again reached out to LWB to undertake a remodel of this space while retaining a portion of the now 50-year-old greenhouse system that her father had installed when he salvaged it back in the 70s. LWB designed a new office space within the greenhouse (opening the rest of the house to this wonderful south light) including re-building a position of the old cypress and glass greenhouse system on the west end of the roof structure. The design team challenge led by Alex Minor and Russ Herndon was to reach into the large greenhouse space with an office structure delivering the insulative and comforts of technology while controlling this huge heat gain potential.
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.
Here is the final phase of renovations on this home that we first renovated for a good friend 8 or 9 years ago. We were super excited to get the chance to help them finish up their home. Previously, we had tackled the kitchen and living areas, yet this phase had us updating the cabinetry and finishes in the rest of the home. While we updated doors, trim, and paint throughout, the main areas of focus included reconfiguring the primary bathroom, with an expansion of the closet, adding heated flooring and a sauna, refreshing the other full bath on the main floor, and finishing out the basement with a kitchenette, bar, and built-ins. Our clients worked with Amy Sweet on the design and finishes and we were really excited to bring their vision to life.
Our clients reached out to us wanting to update their family home in Hoosier Acres. The scope of this project included major interior and exterior work. The design focus outside was to create a new generous porch while more seamlessly connecting the house with the existing backyard pool, and also creating extra space to entertain on multiple decks. The interior work consisted of two new bathrooms, built-in casework for the primary bedroom closets, and new carpeted stairs and doors that lead down to the basement.
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.