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Indy Architects’ Home Tour, Sept. 22-23

Architects' Home Tour, Sept. 22-23

Contractors are hard at work to put the finishing touches on the unique new home construction at 701 Shelby Street prior to the Sept. 22-23 event. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Laura Musall
On behalf of the AIA
http://www.aiahometour.org/

The Indianapolis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) will host its popular Indy Architects’ Home Tour from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 22-23, 2012. The self-guided tour includes seven homes in Indianapolis that offer a wide range of design styles and trends. There’s the glitzy high-rise downtown condo at 429 on the Park overlooking the American Legion Mall, a contemporary house in Fountain Square with ceilings made from re-claimed wood pallets and a one-of-a-kind metal staircase created by the designer. In Lockerbie, you’ll see how a new house can blend in with a historic neighborhood.

The biennial tour draws thousands of visitors who get a chance to peek inside some of the most creative home designs by Indianapolis architects.

Two of those former visitors, Cindy Bedrick and Doug Metrish were so inspired by a not-so-big house on the Architects’ Home Tour several years ago, they decided to work with an architect to help them design a unique home that would fit their lifestyle and their budget. Their home is featured on this year’s tour.

“We always thought architects only designed million-dollar homes, until we went on the Architects’ Tour,” Bedrick said. “We had no idea we could get a unique house with great design on a budget.”

The couple fell in love with a two-acre, wooded lot off winding Cooper Road on Indy’s near westside. Developers for years had shunned the property, because it’s in a flood plain. Architect Mark Beebe came up with a solution: By designing the house higher off the ground and on top of the garage, not only is it safe from high waters from the creek that runs through the property, it also gives the couple a bird’s eye view of all the trees through the expansive glass panels.

“The greatest benefit of the Architects’ Home Tour is that people get a rare peek into these homes, see design trends and learn about how design plays such a significant role in not only the way a home looks, but how it fits into its surroundings,” said Beebe, who also is chairman of this year’s show.

To purchase tickets ($12 in advance and $15 day of the tour at any of the houses) and see more information about the Architects’ Home Tour, go to: www.aiahometour.org.

About the Architects Home Tour

WHAT:            
A self-guided tour of seven Indianapolis homes all designed by Indianapolis architects.

WHEN:            
1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012

WHO:             
Architects and homeowners will be available to answer questions about their homes.

WHY:              
Architects Home Tour offers the public a rare chance to see inside homes designed by Indianapolis architects. The homes represent a variety of home designs and trends.

TICKETS:         
Tickets are $15 the day of the tour, and may be purchased at any of the homes. Advance tickets are $12 and may be purchased beginning Sept. 4 online at www.aiahometour.org or at Silver in the City, 434 Massachusetts Ave. or Form+Function, 1300 E. 86th St., Students may purchase tickets for $6 in advance or $8 the day of the tour.

MORE INFO:  
www.aiahometour.org

Homes on the tour include:

*     701 Shelby Street – designer Brian Burtch, Assoc. AIA

*     429 Pennsylvania (Flat 703 and Loft 904) – architect Chris Short, AIA

*     6466 N. Illinois – architect Jim McQuiston, AIA

*     7140 Westfield Boulevard – architect Paul Puzzello

*     3925 Cooper Road – architect Mark Beebe, AIA

*     18 Lockerbie – architect Mark Demerly, AIA

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