2023 Master Design Awards: Historic Renovation — SILVER

by Emily Blackburn

Corinthian Fine Homes

Indianapolis, Ind.

Location: : Indianapolis, Ind.
Square Footage Before: 4,700 | Square Footage After: 5,683

The clients of this 1920s home wanted to expand the footprint of the house to better accommodate their growing family, with space to entertain. The team decided to build a new family room over the top of the existing first floor patio. They converted the office into a bar/seating area by removing a bay window. Removing French doors in the living room allowed for easy access between the living and family rooms.

Procuring permission from the Historic North Meridian Street Neighborhood commission of Indianapolis required two hearings, samples of all materials being used on the exterior, as well as drawings that clearly show the team maintained the original structural details of the home. They were not allowed to replace any of the windows for efficiency, and could only add new ones that matched the original — a disappointment to the homeowners.

A major building challenge that presented itself was during demo. The team quickly realized that none of the exterior walls were framed but were instead terracotta block walls with structural brick. In order to remove to create larger openings required new heads and support beams. The new structural support walls resulted in a slightly smaller addition.


Counters: Vadara
Bathroom Sink: Kohler

Faucet, other hardware: Delta
Bathroom Tile: Adelside

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