Originally designed in 1956, this mid-century property in Indianapolis has been remodeled to reflect the new owner’s modern style. The design plan included methods to turn the 60-year-old house with outdated fixtures and overgrown landscaping into an organized, harmonious, private living space. By prioritizing the preservation of the original architecture as much as possible while maintaining privacy for the occupants, the designers were able to create a “Midcentury Modern” home with sustainability features.
The sustainability features that characterize the MCM 220 Modern Home include reclaimed structural elements in the wooden structure and fireplace, double-glazed low-E floor-to-ceiling windows and an unvented insulated roof system. Outside, a membrane roof combined with a deep roof channels stormwater to the screened porch for a “sensory experience” during rainfall. Additionally, a moss garden around the bedrooms creates a zen-like ambiance.
New skylights and floor-to-ceiling high-efficiency windows were added to increase the flow of natural passive light inside the living areas, replacing the original small south-facing windows and outdated skylights. To create even more light, the outdoor landscape was completely overhauled, trees were pruned and brush was cleared to allow the windows to be more exposed. This also helped create an indoor-outdoor connection and make the home feel more spaciously associated with nature.
A mudroom inside includes room for coats, laundry, crafting and space for the family dog. Custom walnut cabinetry can be found inside both the gallery and kitchen, with original brick stonework used to finish the fireplace and refurbished cantilevered hearth.
A series of smaller, supplementary sustainability steps were implemented, such as high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, HVAC systems, LED light fixtures and light-colored roofing. Natural wood (oak, walnut and cedar) was used in aspects of the interior and exterior, including the dining room table. The inside is also decorated with reconditioned and reupholstered furniture and the interior is finished with a mix of slate and oak plank flooring built on the structure’s original concrete slab.
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