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In the initial stages of the project, the Owners of an older two thousand square foot home on Lake Michigan in Michigan City, Indiana requested a feasibility study of a whole house renovation and addition to their existing home. It quickly became apparent, however, that the quality of the existing home's construction was of such poor quality that it would be more economically viable to completely demolish the existing and re-build a new home. It was at this time a third design option became available. Another home, located approximately ten homes west along the shore, was scheduled for demolition which was substantially intact and well built. It was then decided to purchase and move that home to the Owner’s forty foot wide site, install it on a new foundation, and then proceed to renovate and add to the relocated structure. This was a creative, cost effective and sustainable adaptive reuse solution that in a sense substituted a not so sturdy craft for one much more sea worthy.

In the renovation, insulation was upgraded throughout the home, and windows and other major component of the project were thermally insulated with interior rolling shutters. The Owner, the president of a major window shades manufacturer, took the opportunity to showcase his company's products and test their energy efficiencies. The curvature of the lake side addition of the home tracks the sunset points throughout the year over the lake while an insulated glass fin wall envelope provides panoramic views during the day. A dramatic tension was established between the renovated existing cottage's more traditional entry area and the modern glass and steel addition. A wide covered front porch and waterproof deck shade and shelter the glass expanses while creating an indoor / outdoor connection from the home to the beach and lake.

The owners of an older two thousand square foot home on Lake Michigan in Michigan City, Indiana requested that our firm study the feasibility of a whole house renovation and addition. During the conceptual phase of architectural services it quickly became apparent that the quality of the existing home's construction was of such poor quality that a new home would be a better option for the owners both architecturally and financially. During the feasibility study another home approximately ten homes west along the shore from our clients was scheduled for demolition. Fortunately for our client, this home was substantially intact and well built. The owners and I decided to move the home to the owner's forty foot wide site and install it on a new foundation. The home would then be renovated. Presently, this is the approach being followed and the relocation of the home has now been and we are preparing to begin the renovation phase. This is a sustainable and adaptive reuse solution that has substituted a sea worthy craft for one not so sturdy.

Insulation is scheduled to be upgraded throughout the home, windows and other major component of the project will be thermally insulated with interior rolling shutters. The owner, the president of a major window shades manufacturer, wanted to showcase his company's products and test their energy efficiencies. The curvature of the front of the home tracks the sunset points throughout the year over the lake. The structural glass fin wall will create a fan shaped all glass envelope of panoramic views during the day. "Starfire clear" 1 3/8" outer and 1/4" inner argon single piece 15'-6" panels with l"x8" laminated glass fins will infill the steel rigid frame structure and be fixed top and bottom with polished stainless steel mounting shoe system. Tension has been established between the cottage's contemporary existing home and the transparent lake view contemporary modern walls. A wide covered front porch and waterproof deck will shade and shelter the glass expanses while creating an indoor / outdoor connection from the home to the beach and lake.

 

Long Beach Residence

Long Beach, Indiana
Private 6,878 SF
Completed 2008

Adaptive Re-use of an existing home