Local boutique design studio Haus recently completed a comprehensive renovation of a midcentury modern home in the Meridian Hills neighborhood of Indianapolis. Originally built in 1956, the three-bedroom residence was designed by local architect Bill Wright and remained in original condition for decades, save for a few minor updates made in 1967.
When the current owners purchased the home in 2015, the home needed a major overhaul. Together with the clients, Haus came up with a plan to redo the exterior, roof, and the interiors—as well as adding a multipurpose room. The project turned out to be a gut-reno that removed original cork floors and custom wood built-in—a move that would sound blasphemous to die-hard midcentury enthusiasts.
Still, the new house retains the lines and general feel of the era, prioritizing an open-play living layout, walls of floor-to-ceiling windows that promote the indoor-outdoor experience, minimalist interior design, and natural materials like brick and wood. Pale wide-plank hardwood floors, vertical poly-ash siding, new membrane roof with “rain chains,” and the aforementioned “everything room” are among the overhaul’s major upgrades, adding 340 square feet to the existing floorplan. A large screened porch with stove offers an additional connection to the peaceful, woodsy site. Take a look.