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.
We created an outdoor kitchen space for our current client’s mother at this home a few years ago. This spring our architects, Ernesto and Tucker, were asked to design a screened room addition. We explored a few different options and locations for the screen porch before landing on the final design, in which we extended an existing gable bump out with a cedar post and beam approach. With both of our clients working from home, as well as home-schooling, this renovation allowed for some much-needed flex space for their various work and school needs, as well as potential guest space, when needed.
We relished the chance to work on this beautiful home near Bloomington’s Griffy Lake. Built by renowned local homebuilder Tim Laughlin, the house features a beautiful backyard that our clients enjoyed from their existing deck. LWB partnered with our clients to design a screened porch in place of the aging composite decking structure. We designed a veranda-stye approach to the screened porch– the clients want to keep a wide area available for staging plants. We used a screen system that allowed for floor-to-ceiling screening for optimal viewing of the lush gardens and plantings.
Bloomington Cohousing is the first cohousing neighborhood in Indiana. It is a neighborhood on the southwest side of Bloomington centered around intentional community living. The neighborhood has twenty-six homes and community common spaces throughout. Out of the five floor plans available this is our Garden Cottage and currently is our model home.
These homeowners contacted us to help them design and build an addition on the backside of their Bloomington home. During the design process, our architects Ernesto Castaneda and Alex Minor, met with the clients multiple times to discuss their wishlist and project timeline. The team was able to design an addition that featured a larger, relocated kitchen over a finished basement and a deck was designed to access the yard from the kitchen via double doors.