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Downsize: Living Large in a Small House

May 28, 2019

We are excited to announce that our Fletcher Place Home will be published in a new book this fall and was selected as the cover image.


Downsize: Living Large in a Small House profiles 33 small homes consciously designed for efficiency and comfortability. The Fletcher Place Home exemplifies our belief that quality architecture can happen at any size, scale, and budget.

The book is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Its full description is below from the publisher’s press release.



No matter whether you call it downsizing or rightsizing, the trend toward living in a small home is here to stay. In Downsize: Living Large in a Small House (Taunton Press, October 29, 2019, $34.95), best-selling author Sheri Koones presents 33 exceptional houses that show how small can be comfortable, practical, energy efficient—and beautiful.

The small houses—all 2,000 square feet or less—presented in Downsize are owned by people who have made a conscious decision to downsize from a larger home to a smaller home—or who just decided to build small in the first place. Some of the houses are new (site-built or prefab), others are remodels. Presented as case studies, the featured homes showcase a variety of styles and locations; all boast numerous green features and space-efficiency strategies that can be applied to any small home.

Filled with over 275 inspirational photos, Downsize will help you discover how scaling back and simplifying where you live opens up a world where the demands of maintenance are lower, accessibility and convenience are enhanced, energy efficiency is elevated, and monthly bills are greatly reduced—all without sacrificing a well-built, beautiful home.



SHERI KOONES is a bestselling author and expert on small houses, energy efficiency, and prefabrication whose previous books include Prefabulous, Prefabulous Small Houses, Prefabulous + Sustainable, Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid, and Prefabulous World. She won the prestigious Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Award from NAREE in 2008, 2011, 2013, and 2017. Koones is also a journalist and speaker.

Andrew Freear – Director, Rural Studio: Good Design & Citizen Architects

August 11, 2016

Andrew Freear, Director of Rural Studio at Auburn University, presents to AIA Indianapolis on Rural Studio’s approach to teaching good design through hands-on education for both students and community members

As practitioners of design, it is universally important that our firm and other Architects take an active role in helping educate our communities in good design.  We had the honor of helping welcome Andrew Freear, director of Auburn University’s Rural Studio, at July’s program for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Indianapolis.  Freear presented on the challenges of crafting good design within rigorous fiscal and contextual parameters.

By championing design for their small community of “Citizen Architects” in Hale County, Alabama, Freear and Rural Studio have shaped the ethos of all of their projects to answer the question of “what should be built, rather than what can be built.”

Hosting an informal gathering in our studio at the conclusion of Freear’s talk allowed area Architects and visitors to relax and enjoy drinks and discuss some of Rural Studio’s projects with Freear himself.




Indianapolis Monthly Home Magazine: City Cottage

May 17, 2016



We are excited to share that our City Cottage project has been featured in the 2016 Home edition of Indianapolis Monthly!


Titled “Modern Marvel,” the article highlights the architectural features of the home, as well as the story behind our wonderful clients, Pete and Sarah Welsh’s, approach in choosing to build a new home.

Check out some excerpts from the article below!

View this special edition here:  Indianapolis Monthly Home Magazine 2016




“Pete wanted something that captured the vibrant city vibe. His vision was a glass house featuring concrete and steel near downtown, and when they couldn’t find that, they decided to build their own. After spending more time searching for the architect that would turn their dream home into a reality, they found One 10 Studio, which worked as both architects and builders on the project.” (p. 71)




“From the courtyard, you can see the living room, dining, and kitchen areas through industrial-grade glass walls, which were a unique challenge for the architects. “Pete wanted glass, steel, and concrete,” Clete Kunce says. “And how do you get glass and light into that space without feeling like you’re in a fishbowl? That’s when I came up with that courtyard entry.” (p. 73)




“The front of the home is narrow, and although the interior doesn’t immediately feel like a large home, it just keeps going and going. Smart design and planning made that possible, and Sarah and Pete have curated a cozy yet bright and airy space within the walls of their glass home. “It’s an amazingly livable house,” Pete says.” (p. 75)



Indianapolis Montly Home Magazine 2016 cover



April 12, 2016


ONE 10 was approached to design a modern conference space for a local organization looking to create a unique setting for meetings and gatherings in Indianapolis, on the near West side adjacent to the White River.  Because of the organization’s involvement with and connection to nature, it was proposed that the conference space be built on a pontoon boat frame.  This non-traditional foundation would ensure that the meeting space could become a flexible and portable hub, capable of traveling to different areas and bodies of water in the region.


Constrained to automotive transport restrictions, the floating space’s narrow parameters lend itself to a pronounced linear form.  Embracing and accentuating the statement of this form, the lightweight aluminum body’s exterior was designed to be clad with horizontal siding and the interior with finished plywood; both materials further embrace the ROWboat’s connection to nature.  A shroud of glass veils the hull as an oculus for light and observation opportunities from within the space, while simultaneously creating a simple vocabulary of solid and transparent material expression.


Following the structural frame’s narrow platform, the program areas within the form are organized linearly.  Patrons enter at the front (bow) deck and arrive in the flex meeting space or enter at the rear (aft) deck and pass through the service core to reach the flex meeting space.  A compartmentalized service core with a direct connection to power charging at the docking hub provides the power requirements for the portable section of the project.  Within the docking hub, a composting toilet and the utility connections for the meeting space anchor the project to a designated port on dry land.  Also included in the area of the docking hub is a gathering deck for larger groups and social gatherings too large for the narrow pontoon platform to house by itself.  The pontoon and the docking hub create a combination of gathering areas linked by their users.


Creating a collection of social spaces for stationary and portable water-faring events was an interesting challenge presented to ONE 10 STUDIO. We enjoyed the design exercise this type of project continuously reintroduced to our studio. The ROWboat reflects the results of a client/architect relationship that understands the necessity of design and collaboration while maintaining realistic expectations of non-traditional project wants and needs.

Site Plan (Not to scale)

Floor Plan (Not to scale)



Conner Prairie Treetop Outpost: Designing Education in Nature

January 28, 2016


A new four-story treehouse is being constructed as part of a 10,000 SF outdoor nature experience at the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers, Indiana. Nestled amongst the area’s existing tree canopy, this towering treehouse will provide multiple observation decks and a main exhibit area for connecting youth with the natural environment.





Reaching into the treetops of the site’s surrounding white oaks and sycamores, four platforms offer multiple vistas out to the tree canopies, fields and down the steep hill to the White River.  Following the verticality expressed in the nearby foliage, the Treetop Outpost steadily ushers its visitors upward to its highest outlook, 40’ off the forest floor.  The viewing platforms are arranged along a cedar-skinned stair tower that serves as the structure’s organizational spine.  Use of locally sourced materials creates a comfortable identity that seats the project within its native context.





Paramount in the design of the treehouse is connecting youth visitors with nature in a time when society is becoming increasingly disconnected with its natural environment.  As part of Conner Prairie’s mission to foster meaningful interaction with engaging experiences, the Treetop Outpost offers multiple unique opportunities for all of Conner Prairie’s guests to pursue knowledge in new and fun ways.




As the architecture firm responsible for the ultimate realization of the project, One 10 Studio was thrilled to be a part of such a unique and distinctive project.  Uniting our collaborative studio culture with Conner Prairie facilitated a strong design relationship, which was able to continuously refocus our design to a strong fixated concept. Engaging in challenging design opportunities with concentrated purpose and a refined concept allows our firm to strive for success in each of our projects.

The Treetop Outpost is expected to open July 2016.

Under Construction: Meridian Hills Residence

January 22, 2016

A new two-story volume anchors what used to be a modest, sprawling 1960’s single-family home in the Meridian Hills neighborhood of Indianapolis, Indiana. The subtly exaggerated gabled form of the main living spaces, paired with its more reserved ground level, gives the house an identity within the quiet neighborhood while remaining in humble contrast to its context.

Built in 1961, the original ranch-style house warranted improvements to its limited square footage in order to meet the needs of the current homeowners. Renovating the entire main level and adding a second floor allows the house to elevate its stature while maintaining a proportion that fits comfortably in a residential scale.

Image by Masterpiece Building & Restoration

Image by Masterpiece Building & Restoration

Selectively perforating the exterior walls with expanses of glass fills interior spaces with light and gives the exterior of the home a more contemporary appearance. Cementitious siding, brick and glass comprise the home’s material palette and reinforce the identity of this newly dynamic home.

A portico-style entryway is created by the addition of the second level, concealed by large brick columns, paralleled by a wall of glazing.  A network of congestive rooms, formerly the house’s kitchen, dining and living rooms, were combined into a free-flowing, unrestrained open floor plan, connecting the activities of each space with one another.  The home’s existing bedrooms were reconfigured to incorporate a new master suite on the main level and provide an additional bedroom, increasing the number from three to four.  A voluminous second floor vaulted ceiling loft creates a spacious entertainment room for the family.  Connecting the main and upper levels is a new central staircase which freely opens the entertainment room to the living spaces below.



Existing home

An extensive renovation and addition offer a fresh identity to what was an unassuming residence on the north side of Indianapolis.  The family’s appreciation for contemporary design and understanding of the need to remain contextually relevant has made this project a significant success through a team-focused design process.

Completion of construction is scheduled for early May 2016.

Cutting the Ribbon

February 25, 2013

On Monday, after a year of planning and months of renovation work, ONE 10 STUDIO, the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), Mayor Greg Ballard, Congressman Andre Carson, City-County Councillors Maggie Lewis and Joe Simpson, Judge Marilyn Moores, former School 37 Teacher Pat Ladd and the Martindale-Brightwood community celebrated the completion of the first phase of the renovation with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony.

Of course ONE 10 STUDIO is thrilled to play a role and could write thousands of words about this important project but we thought we’d share what other’s had to say.


“Over the years, Martindale-Brightwood has faced its fair share of struggles, but this resilient community has never stopped fighting its way back. 37 Place is yet another chapter in this remarkable comeback story, providing a community center and gathering place worthy of this historic neighborhood and the incredible people who call it home.” – Congressman Andre Carson


“School 37 holds an incredibly important place and value within the Martindale-Brightwood. The process of working with committed neighbors and leaders, organizations and donors to transform it from a building with unrealized potential into a vibrant community center and gathering place is truly an ideal representation of our role in the community, and one of the reasons we decided to make this the largest commitment of its kind in the Indianapolis Foundation’s history.” – Brian Payne President and CEO of the Indianapolis Foundation and the Central Indiana Community Foundation

“Just to have a place like this is going to mean so much to this community. I know the school meant a lot to this community, but now this building, which meant so much, has now been transformed into something that will be extremely valuable as we go forward. The 37 Place project combines the best of the old and the new to create an incredible centerpiece in Martindale-Brightwood. This is yet another example of diverse partners coming together to make a neighborhood better, and thus our city better.” – Mayor Greg Ballard


ONE 10 STUDIO is proud to continue our long-standing, working relationship with CICF. We continue to enjoy engaging with their leadership and community leaders to help turn 37 Place into the heartbeat of Martindale-Brightwood community.

Indianapolis Architecture Firm Honored With Firm Of The Year Award

November 7, 2012



November 5, 2012



Clete Kunce, ONE 10 STUDIO, 317.501.6021,


Local Firm Honored With ‘Firm of the Year’

One 10 Studio Winning with a Little Help from Their Friends

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis based Architecture and Construction Management firm ONE 10 STUDIO was honored Friday night with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Indiana Distinguished Firm Award. The awards ceremony and dinner were held at the 2012 AIA Kentucky / AIA Indiana Regional Convention in Lexington, Kentucky.

In a statement, the AIA Indiana said “One 10 Studio’s award not only honored the firm’s exemplary designs, but also its community commitment and its philosophy of grassroots design and community engagement.” According to ONE 10 STUDIO Principal Clete Kunce “It is a special honor for a small, up and coming firm to be named the Firm of the Year and we have worked very hard to get here, but we truly understand that this is really about our clients, colleagues and families.”

About the AIA Indiana Distinguished Firm Award

Annually, the Distinguished Firm Award is presented in recognition of the firm which enhances the quality of our environment through design and implementation of works of architecture and demonstrates consistent leadership, vision and ability. Consideration is also given based upon a firm’s commitment to the architectural profession and community involvement. Past recipients of the award include BSA Lifestructures, Schmidt Associates and Design Collaborative.


Known for their award-winning, unique new construction and creative transformations of both commercial and residential structures, ONE 10 STUDIO continues to push design and design-construction delivery methods to better realize the highest potential of value in design and construction for their clients. Engaged in their community as citizen-architects, ONE 10 STUDIO’s philosophy facilitates architects leading the entire way, preserving design integrity and protecting their Client’s interests.


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What’s Your Story?

March 28, 2012

If you pay attention to the Social Media experts you’ve probably noticed lately that there’s a lot of good advice going around about telling your story. It’s a way to build your brand, to build engagement with your customers and followers, etc.

We’re not Social Media experts but we’re Architecture and Construction Management experts and, as it turns out, we tell our clients the same thing. Tell your story. It’s important to your business, to your customers, to your ARCHITECTURE. The story is what will distinguish your project and show your clients, visitors or users who you are and convey your passion and value in your space.

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Black Acre Interior

A Community Of …

February 25, 2012

Black Acre Interior

Community, isn’t that what it’s really all about? When we were approached by the Founders of Black Acre Brewing Company we wanted to know their story. We wanted to learn about their process and, of course, their product.

As it turns out, they met as members of the local home-brewing movement. Luckily for Indianapolis they collaborated to develop and enrich their craft. Last night they opened their doors as the newest member of the business community in the Historic Irvington neighborhood.

Black Acre Interior

Calling them the ‘newest member’ isn’t entirely accurate though. Sure, they’ve been open for less than 24 hours now but from the moment they decided that Irvington is the right place for them to establish their business they have truly immersed themselves in the community. They’ve attended Community Council meetings, sponsored events, supported other local businesses, manned a booth at the Halloween Festival and even creatively incorporated some of the neighborhood lore into their ‘Spirited Brewing’ tagline.

So let’s review, community focus, collaboration, community engagement, support local business, community development, craft, passion … all terms that we at ONE 10 STUDIO aspire to associate ourselves with. So cheers to Black Acre Brewing Company and here’s to supporting passionate craft.

Black Acre Interior

And speaking of community, we hope you’ll join us in our virtual community wherever you may reside. Whether it be on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ we will continue to strive to inform, entertain and engage.