INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Two deserving families will soon be able to live in beautifully renovated homes thanks to one Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architect and the help from the wonderful organization, Hearts and Hands Indianapolis.
In July 2016, Architect Jennifer Miller wanted to use her skills and give back to her community. She joined Great Places 2020, an organization with the mission to transform underserved neighborhoods and spur urban revitalization. A local leader within that group introduced her to Hearts and Hands Indianapolis, which helps families and individuals attain affordable, long-term homeownership in the near-west side of Indianapolis by providing education, mentoring, and quality rehabilitated homes.
“It quickly became the perfect way for me to use my skills and give back to the community,” she said.
Hearts and Hands acquires houses from the city’s land bank and renovates them for deserving families in the near-west neighborhoods of Indianapolis. Hearts and Hands had been hard at work, with 10 homes already renovated. Miller began work on two homes in the Haughville neighborhood, one at 729 Belleview Place in February 2017, which is close to completion, and she is currently wrapping up the plans for 702 N. Tremont St. now.
Most of the houses in the near-west neighborhood are older homes with floor plans reflecting their age. Miller reconfigured the floor plans to add 21st century features such as master bedrooms with a suite, powder rooms and laundry rooms. It’s a balance of giving families what they need while maintaining the historical nature of the homes.
Miller says her experience working with Hearts and Hands has been very positive.
“The Hearts and Hands family is a great group to collaborate with,” Miller said. “They are all passionate about their part of the process and are very appreciative of my work. It’s great to meet the neighbors of the near-west neighborhoods, whether on the job site, at an open house or various community activities. Everyone is excited to see the hard work that goes into updating the homes. Most of the demolition work, running the electrical wires and even some materials are donated by or completed by volunteers. It is truly a team effort that couldn’t be completed without everyone’s help.”
While Miller is no stranger to lending a helping hand, she has never been involved with this capacity of volunteer work, although she is a member of her church’s buildings and grounds committee where she reviews work that is planning to be done.
“I look forward to the opportunity to help Hearts and Hands again in the future,” Miller said.
For more information, please visit http://www.heartsandhandsindy.org/.
Jennifer Miller is a licensed Architect at Browning Day. Her design experience focuses on historic and housing projects. Her passion is in finding the unique potential in every design challenge. She often achieves this through sustainable solutions that are contextual and tectonic. Jennifer is actively involved in the design community as a member of the Young Architects Forum and the Urban Land Institute.
Jennifer joined Browning Day in 2015. She earned a Master of Architecture Degree from Arizona State University.
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