Loving the House They’re In

Excerpts from a story by Kathy Jonas
Read the complete story in Life + Spaces Magazine

Streamline Moderne Addition by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, INThis week on Martin Brothers Monday we bring you an addition to a two-story home.

The client knew they wanted their 1939 Harter Heights home to be more open, more filled with natural light and more spacious. They hired Architect Bill Jackson and Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. to build a 1500 square-foot addition that would do just that.

The Design

Jackson started to work designing an addition to the two-story home that represents the Streamline Moderne architectural style (a stripped down style that followed Art Deco) and reflects industrial trends, including long horizontal lines, curving forms and technology.

The addition incorporates some elements of Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes with horizontal windows, a move to bring nature indoors, and long, open living spaces.


Jackson faced the challenge of breaking up the home’s symmetry with such a large addition. The client’s ended up buying the house next door and tearing it down- the result being a brand new space with lots of glass, clerestory windows, overhangs to allow as much light as possible and recessed patio doors on both sides of the new living area to blur the separation between inside and outside.

The Construction

Exterior - Before Addition

Construction began in October of 2013 and the home was completed in June of 2014. At one point in the process, a basement was dug and a steel frame was constructed that was not attached to the original home.

The homeowners and architect credit Martin Brothers, the contractor, with doing a very good job executing the design and the vision.

Addition built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

The original brick, which is the same color as the brick at ND (a beige, taupe mix) had to match the addition. Jackson said Rose Brick brought in about six different colors for them to inspect.

A Few Details

The finished product is sleek yet comfortable, light and airy but also private, and full of customized, personal touches that make the addition so perfect for this transplanted family.

The kitchen is one of those that screams “entertain, entertain!”  A large island with a soapstone counter also features a stovetop with six burners and lots of storage underneath.  The other countertops are stainless steel for heavy-duty food prep. A glass shelving unit in the kitchen was designed by Jackson to open up the area between the kitchen and the hallway and incorporate some design trends of the Streamline Moderne style.  The kitchen floor is Marmoleum, a product used often in commercial buildings, that is soft yet very durable.


Custom built kitchen in addition built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN
Many of the features of the old kitchen are maintained in the new; including the stainless steel countertops, cabinetry with furniture style flair and opaque glass doors. 


The limestone fireplace in the main room was custom made in Chicago to match a French 1930’s Streamline Moderne design.

The client originally picked a flat finish for the Hickory floors in the main room, but when the look wasn’t exactly what she had in mind, a more satiny finish was applied. Her previous larger, more traditional home in New York had cherry floors, but she wanted this home to be different in style and décor.

Interior of Addition built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, INThe light shelves constructed in the main room allow the natural light to bounce off the shelves up to the ceiling, which is a nod to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian homes.

The End Result

While the clients have a few more things in mind for the home, including a pergola on one of the patios, it “feels” the way they intended it to feel. “We had the best Christmas of our lives here,”. “Everyone was so happy.”

Photo Credit: David Hubler Photography
Cabinetry by: Ayr Custom Cabinetry

To view additional photos of this project, please visit the Harter Heights Addition on our website.


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