Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JUL-AUG 2017

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Reconfiguring the home's compartmentalized layout into something more appropriate for today's open-plan lifestyle and positioning the kitchen as a strong focal point were major undertakings. e work entailed knocking out walls and opening up what was previously an external wall to build on a sunroom with an outdoor hot tub. After butting heads with his first builder, Eppler engaged the services of architect Mark Demerly and builder Steve Green to complete the job. "Some of the walls were load-bearing," Eppler said. "Mark kept the house from falling down. He really kept the vision going, and was able to connect with me and see what I really wanted to do." Finding beautiful brickwork behind the aging plaster, the team was able to expose the walls to create a modern, quasi-urban industrial look reminiscent of many downtown lofts. e feeling is now spacious and contemporary with a stunning fireplace built by Architectural Brick and Tile that references the outdoor space with its use of bluestone. e semi-formal dining area in the new sunroom opens to the patio via a 9-foot folding door to create a seamless flow. Corten steel and exposed wood were used extensively both indoors and out to tie the two areas together. e kitchen is now perfectly poised to accommodate cooking and entertaining. Built by Kitchens by Design, the brainpower also responsible for the bathrooms, the cabinetry and fixtures, the ultra-modern space provides a striking contrast to the original brick, creating a unique, old-meets-new environment. Guests can relax in the comfortable seating area at the end of the counter while dinner is being prepared. At the rear of the kitchen where the servants' staircase once stood, a butler's pantry with a pass-through facilitates entertaining. Downstairs, the previously non-functional basement has been reimagined as a wine cellar, TV room and informal entertainment area with exposed brick and a stone floor. 72

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