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.