When the owner of this traditional Italianate, planned an expansion to his home, Helman-Sechrist Architecture and Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. were charged with designing and creating dramatic improvements in the way the home functioned for both large family gatherings, frequent large scale philanthropic events and entertaining during both holiday and summer seasons.
The overall inspiration for the project was born out of a singular goal, which was to make sure the additions and renovations were absolutely seamless with the original architecture, removing the poorly executed modifications from the past, and creating a new holistic expression. The original style represented very traditional architecture and the exterior modifications had to respect this to create continuity. A photograph of the exterior of the home before is on the left. The scale of the project can be seen in the aerial photograph on the right.
In this incredible makeover, many zones for different types of entertaining were created. The previous design was not ideal for backyard entertaining, consisting mostly of grassy areas and open decks and stone patios. The new design introduced much more entertainment and relaxation space.
The overall size, allows for tables to be brought in for philanthropic events, without crowding. The bar and kitchenette on the porch, can be used to serve small events. The indoor kitchen is easily accessed to serve large events.
A clear path was needed to guide guests to the outdoor entertainment area. The visually pleasing path was added and was created using Unilock Umbriano and Lineo pavers. Award winning hardscape design and installation by Rustic Rocks; landscape by Thornton Landscape Company, fence by Vinyl by Design.
Echoing the architecture of the home, the new pool house provides a covered area to watch movies and games. Infratech patio heaters, attached to the clear cedar ceiling, allow for comfortable movie watching late into chilly Michiana evenings. The black limestone inset, defines the seating area, and the Napoleon torches cast a warm glow at night. Housed within are the equipment and shower/dressing rooms. A/V by Allegro Home Entertainment.
The sunken patio zone provides a spot to have a seat, away from the crowd, during a summer party and serves as another warming area. This is a popular spot on a cool Michiana evening.
No summer party is complete, without a pool. When hot afternoons and warm summer evenings roll around, a pool is a great way to entertain. The luxurious 20×40 pool, by Bontrager Pools, Inc. features a Hydrazzo “Maui Midnight” superior polished marble finish. “Maui Midnight” creates a deeper/darker hue of blue water. Placed so that it receives full-sun, the pool is equipped with, soothing fountains, an automatic cover and in lieu of a diving board, a diving stone.
The homeowner is pleased with the way the new interior spaces flow to the exterior, creating an indoor/outdoor lifestyle experience that is generally not found in this era of home.
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Architectural design by Helman Sechrist Architecture; Patio design and installation by Rustic Rocks; Photography by Marie Kinney; and General Contracting by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.