Blueprint for Improvement:   New hearth warms old northside Indy loft



This loft is in the Old Northside neighborhood of Indianapolis.  Built in 1901, the building originally housed the Indianapolis Power & Light Co.  The living room featured built-in cabinets and an electric fireplace that didn’t have much style.  The homeowners wanted an update and a more modern feel to complement other updates around the home.


  • A sleek electric fireplace with remote control access is decorative and functional. It’s installed above the floor for a better view from the sofas.
  • The hearth is constructed from quartz and runs the length of the wall and frames the fireplace.
  • The hearth features a wide overhang to add depth and mimics the sleek bulkhead above.
  • Floating walnut shelves with invisible mounting hardware replaced the dated built-in shelving. 
  • The homeowners now have a beautiful and functional focal point in their living area.

Larry Greene is the owner of Case Design/Remodeling; email him at Visit for more remodeling inspiration and advice.