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1950s home gets contemporary overhaul in Indiana

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A gut-reno also added a multipurpose room

Low-slung flat-roofed home with walls of glass and cantilevering overhang on grassy, woodsy site.
The 1956 home was completely renovated, but the spirit of the era still remains.
Photos by HAUS Architecture For Modern Lifestyles via Dezeen

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.

Via: Dezeen