This Three Bedroom Home Looks Gorgeous While Maximizing A Narrow Lot – Indianapolis Monthly

This new three bedroom home maximizes the narrowest lots.Photo by Tony Valainis

A common misconception about Brandon Bart and Tyler Knox’s three-story home in Indy’s Hillside just east of Kennedy-King and Monon Trail is that it’s either prefab or made from a shipping container. In fact, the custom design was designed from the ground up for two real estate professionals who knew what they wanted: a simple, functional approach to modern design. In Indy, homes with these shapes and styles started appearing several years ago, especially in Fountain Square and other revitalized neighborhoods near the downtown area. But while all modern homes are contemporary, not all contemporary homes are modern.

“Just because something is square and doesn’t have traditional details doesn’t mean it’s modern,” says James Poisel, the local architectural designer behind the house, which was completed in 2019 by The Re-Development. Group. “Modernism is an art form, like Impressionism is a style of painting.” Poisel cites Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a German architect who popularized the phrase “less is more” as one of his influences. It’s also easy to see when you look at Bart and Knox’s house, the rectangular shape. No extravagant garnish. Huge windows that provide transparency and connect the interior to the exterior. “A lot of people say it looks like a West Coast home,” says Bart, director of development at home builder Onyx + East, known for its neighborhood infill projects near downtown. Knox, her fiancé, also works in the industry, as a development manager at The Annex Group. Due to their professional background, the couple found the idea of ​​hiring a designer intriguing, not intimidating. They saw a Re-Development Group house they adored in Fountain Square and asked who designed it; it was Poisel’s residence and work. “My favorite part of building our own house was choosing an architect based on our style,” says Bart. “We didn’t have to use a standard floor plan that a builder was going to use and repeat all over the place. A “typical” plan probably wouldn’t have worked out for them, anyway; it’s so narrow that Bart and Knox’s house is only 18 feet wide. (There are Chevy Silverados longer than this.) Appearances can be deceiving, however.

Although narrow, the 1,750 square foot home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. A wood Sun blocker on the front provides some sun protection and adds visual depth. The exposed concrete garage faces the street, since the driveway behind the house has not been improved. While a one-car garage might be a snap for some, it’s perfect for Bart and Knox, who both work nearby and share a vehicle (Knox usually rides a bike). Also on the ground floor: a one-bedroom Airbnb with a private entrance. The rental, dubbed Indy Mod Pod, has its own Instagram account and has always been part of the design of the house. While providing the couple with a secondary income, Airbnb also reflects two of their values: hospitality and travel. Like Bart and Knox’s next destination wedding in Iceland, for example. Or their designation as Airbnb Superhosts. But the couple also love to invite family and friends over for vacation get-togethers, low-key weekday dinners, and all-day Indy Pride celebrations. Depending on the month, you may see “Indy’s Largest Pride Flag,” a spider web spanning two-thirds of the front façade, or a 12-foot Christmas tree. (For Knox, it wouldn’t be the holidays without a tree that correct hit the 12 foot living room ceiling.)

Daily decor might not be quite as festive, but neither is it a palette of serious neutrals that many associate with modern design. Royal blue upholstery, a wooden entertainment center, a large comfortable carpet and plants compensate for any architectural austerity. In the dining room, an AllModern credenza with golden doors showcases the Art Deco-inspired Wayfair wallpaper of the dining room. “Gold and black are our favorite colors because they’re the only ones we agree on,” Bart laughs. “Other than that, I don’t like the color.” Which could be why Bart’s favorite part is the master bathroom. When it comes to materials, accessories and color scheme, it looks like a luxury hotel. Knox’s favorite room, however, is more colorful. The third-floor guest bedroom, unofficially known as the ‘Girls Room’ (for the couple’s two dogs), includes stunning views of the neighborhood and a coveted home work nook. The bedspread is also an eye-catcher. It’s an unexpected motif in a home designed around straight lines and simplicity. But that’s what makes design interesting: it’s unpredictable, constantly changing.

The ground floor houses an Airbnb space. The owners live on the upper floors, where the bespoke design allows for large windows, one of which replaces the kitchen backsplash.

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