Console Table

After installation of the plywood second floor, we were left with a number of extra pre-cut 1’x4′ boards. As a result, I came up with the idea to produce a simple television console table. The table’s design is intended to be simple in nature, with the introduction of only two additional materials, scrap 2x4s for the legs and a sheet of pegboard for the sliding door panels.

The design speaks to simplicity in form, materiality, and finish (left unfinished), utilizing off-the-shelf products to produce a piece that complements the design of the home.

Check it out:


The piece was fabricated with the help of my friend and industrial designer Chris Stuart. Chris runs Luur, a design-build operation in town. He is a fantastic designer and we are lucky to have such a talent. Definitely check out his work.

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New Lot in Fountain Square

Some good news to report on my end…I have recently signed the purchase agreement for a vacant lot in Fountain Square and will be closing soon.  Check it out:

1234 Lexington Ave

1234 Lexington

1234 Lexington

The plan is to design and build a house for myself.  As Fountain Square is the up and coming urban neighborhood in Indianapolis, this is an exciting time to be building in the neighborhood. Further, you can see the proximity to 701 Shelby and begin to understand the impact these homes can begin to have on the neighborhood and its future direction.

I have a real passion for this neighborhood for many reasons, a few being: its proximity to downtown, the Virginia Ave commercial corridor, the scale of the lots and existing housing stock, the influx of the creative class, the history, the design freedoms and receptiveness to new housing typologies, and the energy and vibrancy, and the promising future the neighborhood holds.

Fountain Square

Fountain Square

1234 Lexington presents a different context from 701 Shelby.  The lot is mid-block, a fairly narrow slot between two existing homes.  As a result, the design response will be very different, but different in a good way.  The existing conditions always inform the design process and often can become a key driver for the design of the project, and, often, I find the properties with the most geographic restrictions to be the ones with the opportunity for the most interesting design solutions.

So look for the development of this property to also become a strong focus of this blog, from the very beginning stages of design through construction. I look forward to sharing this experience with you and giving you a little more insight into process.

2013…

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Well…it’s the start of a new year.  Thanks to everyone who has followed this blog throughout 2012 and been a part of the crazy ride that is 701 Shelby.  It has definitely seen it’s share of ups and downs but it has most definitely all been worth it.

I apologize for the lack of posts for some time now…this will be remedied in 2013.  Here are a few quick updates on 701 Shelby:

  • Most work at 701 has been completed.  At this point, it is primarily furnishing and minor interior work to be done.  This has included the installation of the wardrobe closet, bathroom storage, sliding barn doors, window coverings, furniture, etc…A recap of the the house in general is due and will presented in the near future.
  • My brother, Patrick, has now moved into the house and has been living there for about a month.
  • In regards to interior furnishings…I will be featuring a few posts detailing a few of the furniture pieces in the house, as a couple of the pieces were done by myself and also the work of a few friends.
  • Interior Pictures will be posted as they become available…this has been somewhat delayed simply by the moving-in process and waiting for things to get to a more finished state.
  • Landscape work will not begin until spring breaks, but there will be much discussion on this as well…as it is a very important aspect of the home.  There has always been a strong intent to merge interior and exterior, nature and house.

As a result of the house being occupied, this blog will also slowly begin to evolve into more than just a blog about 701 Shelby.  It will delve into other design related topics, including the discussion and featuring of all things design related, with a focus on the local Indianapolis and Midwest community.

If you have suggestions on what you would like to see this blog bring in 2013, feel free to leave some comments.  This is a great opportunity to help shape the future of urbanhomeINDY and it’s direction and would be very valuable.  As the blog is titled, urbanhomeINDY, it seems fairly obvious that the blog should have a focus on things urban related, things home related, and things Indy related. This is what you will begin to see more of. Here are a few potentials for what might appear on urbanhomeINDY in 2013:

  • Design discussion/reviews of new architectural works in Indianapolis and the Midwest.
  • Discussion on residential design, inspiration, key projects worth seeing, etc.
  • Periodic featuring of local designers and their work
  • Discussion/calendar of design related events
  • Periodic analysis/discussion on existing urban conditions in Indianapolis and the Midwest and opportunities for unique interventions from both the architecture and design communities

Any thoughts or wishes???