Walk The Line

aah visit

Last week we had the opportunity to go to the factory and see the house on the line. I have to admit, it’s pretty exciting to see things in person and have the ability to walk through the home while it’s on the assembly line. It takes things to a whole new level.

The house is progressing nicely and should be wrapping up production at the factory soon. The opportunity to walk through a space less than 15′-0″ wide really served as a reminder to the scale of the home…in a really positive way. The home lives larger than it feels and this gave us a good sense of how the spaces will truly feel. Needless to say…we are really excited to see these modules show up on site.

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The walkthrough of the house also served as a reminder to the true value of prefabricated home construction. The factory conditions are clean and organized. Workers don’t have to contend with weather or various other site conditions, definitely a positive in my book. We’ll be sharing plenty of pictures and updates as the house really comes together. Stay tuned.

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Prefab, Part 2

Hey everyone, we are taking another journey up to the All-American Homes factory today to talk further regarding the house, contracts, etc. Also, we will have the opportunity to see one of the new homes for Tryon Farm under construction. Looking forward to this. Look for some photos and an update soon!! The wheels are still in motion…getting closer.

tryon farm house

House at Tryon Farm

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.

Progress Update Photos

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Back in Business

Finally…things are moving forward again.  We had a number of setbacks and had some issues with contractor quality of work but all is in order now.  The house has been re-wrapped and the siding is just now beginning to go back up.  At the end of the day, it’s better for us to resolve these craft issues now and avoid any problems down the road.  I will post a few pictures soon so everyone knows where things stand.

We also have finalized the polycarbonate details on the house and should see that come in in the next few weeks.  Also, it looks like the corten steel siding might start to go up sometime next week.  Things appear to be moving smoothly now and hopefully will continue with a fairly rapid pace so we can make the home tour next month.

Quick Update

I thought I would take a moment to update everyone on the current status of the house.  As most of you have noticed…there has not been a blog post for quite some time now.  This is a result of a stoppage in work on the house.

As you may or may not be aware, this project is being done through a local CDC (Community Development Corporation) in town.  Additionally, there are Neighborhood Stabilization Funds (Government Funding) as a part of the project.  As a result of this, the project really is at the mercy of both of these organizations, and we all know how quickly things move when the government is involved.

The house has been sitting…waiting…for a good period of time now on finances from both the CDC and the city to move forward with the completion of the project.

Additionally, there have been some internal changes in the parties involved and things have been getting sorted out.  We have been at the mercy of the CDC and its contractors…which, frankly, has not been a great experience.  There are errors that are slated to be corrected and the appropriate responses are now in order.

So…work should resume very soon, starting next week.  When it does, I will walk you through the remainder of the process.  It’s going to be a wild ride to the finish…as we are really pushing for the home to be done this summer…and it needs to be…for the sanity of everyone involved.

Thanks for your patience and continued following of the project.

With all of this said and done, I am still confident that the design will be a success in the end for my brother and will demonstrate the ability to produce a contemporary home at an affordable rate on an urban lot in Indianapolis.  We have had our fair share of bumps in the road that were outside of our control but we are doing the best to deal with them in the most appropriate manner.  Needless to say, this has been a very eye-opening experience toward many of the parties involved.  We have learned a great deal and many of the frustrations we have been forced to deal with should not have had to happen…but that’s the nature of working with certain organizations and contractors.  These setbacks have not, however, deflated my passion for this project or for future projects of this manner in the city.  It is my opinion that Indianapolis needs more projects like this one and, honestly, I think there is a growing market for efficient, affordable, contemporary homes in the city.

Thanks again for following the project and all the craziness involved…it’s been quite a ride and we hope we can wrap things up within the next couple months (in time for the AIA Home Tour)!!!

Current Status

Sorry for the long delay in posts.  There has been a long lull in the project but hopefully things will be picking up this week.  The schedule says drywall is to be done this week.  If this indeed happens, the project will be picking up speed with the second floor plywood installation coming soon after as well as kitchen cabinetry, bathroom tile, and the pallet ceilings.

Keep you fingers crossed that things pick up speed this week.

One a side note, we are currently working on a landscape plan to implement after completion of the house.  We will share those designs as we get them to a more definite point.