Cabin(s) in the Woods 

Indianapolis, Indiana 2013

Program: 3000 s.f. residence

Site Area: 2.5 Acres

Status: Construction complete

Client: Wes Janz and Marcia Stone

 Driven by a need to be substantially freed from the constraints and expectations of tight neighborhood living, the site for “Cabin(s) in the Woods” was chosen as an ideal place for controlled co-existence with neighbors coupled with natural beauty.  Bounded by a busy commuter street to the east and an inter-city walking trail (Monon Trail) to the west, the house is situated in multiple parts on an east-west orientation with views through a tree-lined ravine towards the west.  “Cabin(s) in the Woods” conceptually describes the house both as experience and formal composition. The house is expressed in three larger units combined to evoke separate but unified living in a natural setting.  The three-part composition consists of an existing limestone clad house containing living spaces, a wood timber-frame structured addition for cooking, sleeping, and main entry, and a two-car garage built primarily with wood shipping pallets.  All three parts to the house have their own special inter-connection of glass and cedar wood columns, but exist as a unified system of experiences in the house one might have walking in the woods.  The clients, an architect and designer, provided strong vision for the project, making the house truly a product of design collaboration.  Cabin(s) in the Woods was featured by Indianapolis chapter of the AIA as one of 6 houses featured in the 2012 home tour.  The house has also been featured in the IndyStar and NUVO magazine. 


Puzzello Architecture Practice

Paul Puzzello (design/project architect, structural design)

Scott Routen (digital modeling)

Wes Janz (design architect)

Marcia Stone (designer)

Pallet Garage:

Wes Janz (design architect)

Paul Puzzello (project architect/construction manager)

Taylor Mikosz (designer)

Ashley VanMeter (designer)

Andrea Swartz (design consulting)

REK Construction (builder)









General Contractor:

Puzzello Architecture Practice


All-Round Cleaning Services (construction cleaning)

All Seasons Insulation (foam/batt insulation)

Bob Shank Inc. (finish carpentry)

Bolls Heating & Cooling (HVAC/in-slab heating)

Burtner Electric Inc. (electrical)

Caulking Specialists (sealant)

Cindy Thrasher (plan review consultant/expeditor)

CML Concrete Inc. (excavation/foundation/slab)

Coomer Roofing Co. (roofing)

Cox Interiors (millwork supply)

Tracy Adamson, Dovetail Architecture (screen door fabrication, well house renovation, bathroom tile, millwork)

Matt Kane, Dovetail Construction Services (storm window restoration)

Fish Window Cleaning (glass cleaning)

FloorCraft Sanding (hardwood floors)

Gardens of Growth (landscaping)

Green Custom Framing & Carpentry Inc. (screen porch/breezeway construction)

Hamm & Sons Inc. (plumbing)

Indianapolis Fabrications (movable wall engineering/fabrication)

Northside Glass (glass replacement)

Paul’s Glass (metal doors)

Paul Puzzello (precast concrete panel design/on-site fabrication)

Perez Construction Inc. (rough framing/demolition)

Peter Kelpis (limestone mason)

Precision Wall Systems (glazing)

Pro-Build (material supply)

REK Construction (concrete panel installation/cedar cladding/window installation)

Rebublic Waste Services (dumpster/portable toilet)

Stan Mikosz, Mikosz Drywall (drywall installation/finishing)

Steelhouse (steel fabrication)

Theresa Ringle (contracts)

The Beamery (timber frame engineering/fabrication/supplier)

Wilbur L. Smitha Inc. (painting)


F.C. Tucker Co./MacGill Real Estate Team

Kate MacGill (agent)