Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAY-JUN 2018

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Written by Neil Charles / Photography by Andrew Kung A marvel on Lake Monroe VACATION R ETR EAT Sitting atop an impressive bluff at Lake Monroe's southern tip, commanding spectacular views of wildlife and water, our featured retreat takes the popular conception of what a lake house should be and turns it on its head. If, like this writer, your experience of waterfront summer homes has consisted largely of exposed knotty pine, faded curtains and questionable carpeting, then be prepared for a journey into uncharted territory. Built over the course of 10 months in 2017 by Tim and Kim Shrout, from a design by Indianapolis architect Jason Wolfe of Demerly Architects, this magnificent 8,500-square-foot home nestles on a secluded 10-acre hilltop lot that slopes steeply to the water. Owing to the lake's status as a reservoir, the government maintains a narrow but significant "takeline" around the shore, meaning that homes have to be set back at least 125 feet. In order to ensure their views were unimpeded by trees, the Shrouts needed to find a suitably elevated position. "Luckily, the site we found was very steep to the waterline so our house setting would be very close to the edge," explains Tim. "While a challenging lot on which to build, it is a fantastic lot with long views of the main water body." Serving as their own general contractors, as they have on all of their personal building projects, the Shrouts maintained control of every aspect of construction and design from start to finish. "Mark Demerly had worked with us on our modern condo in downtown Indianapolis, but our idea for the lake was the Modern Farmhouse," Tim continues. "It represents a perfect mix of state-of-the-art technology and comfort combined with the finishes of barn wood, metal, and other textures woven into a truly unique home. We had a great time planning this house on this difficult site." 68 slmag.net

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