By Desiree Williams
From noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17, guests on the Architects’ Home Tour can visit six homes in Indianapolis and one in Zionsville. It is a self-guided tour hosted by The American Institute of Architecture to introduce the public to a variety of design styles in their area.
This is the 10th home tour and the first to break the biennial tradition.
Laura Musall, a member of the Architects’ Home Tour committee, said the previous events were so successful that they decided to have another tour this year.
“People love home design, and the Architects’ Home Tour gives the public a chance to see various home styles, perhaps see some trends in home designs, meet with residential architects, learn about designing homes that are energy efficient, how to make the most of space, even if it’s small, how to think about renovations and a lot more,” Musall said.
To be chosen for the tour, architects nominate homes. Committee members tour the homes and select a variety of styles to showcase. The tour includes renovations and new builds.
Chris Short of HAUS│Architecture For Modern Lifestyles designed the Copperwood project in Zionsville, 3844 S. 800 E. Short worked with the owners on previous renovations and collaborated again on the new build. It is a modern home incorporating green building strategies and views of the 20-acre site.
“They really wanted something simple that engaged the landscape and the sights,” Short said. “They wanted something that was energy-efficient. We started out with something that was smaller, but as we went through the design process, it grew in size a little bit.”
The owners also asked for a place to store their Airstream. Short said the owners use it as an office space or rent it on-site. He said another challenge was the large, abandoned pipeline running through the site. There also is a regulation table tennis court on the lower level because the owner is a nationally rated player.
Tickets for the tour are $20. For more, visit bit.ly/IndyHomeTour2017.