by Lora Leon | photos by 360 Tours

A family compound, where multiple generations live in different homes on the same property, was the perfect solution for this close-knit family. Located on a stunningly beautiful property in Lawrence, Indiana, the family’s parents built their dream home while their daughter and son-in-law built right next door.

The parents’ home is a sprawling, white ranch style home. Their daughter chose a more modern style home with a pool in the backyard. Both are breathtaking houses, connected by a beautifully laid concrete driveway that meanders from the garages to walkways, back patios, and even to the pool.

Flatmade Concrete was contracted to lay over 20,000 square feet of concrete for this project including a pool deck and patio featuring a dark grey sand matrix and custom seat wall. For a residential home, this was a considerably large project that presented some unique challenges such as installing the pool deck drain and routing all downspout water with under slab plumbing away from the house.

Ben Driskell, CEO of Flatmade explained that with the sheer size and scope of the project, it was important to make sure the concrete was tied together seamlessly throughout both properties. “The homeowner and the builder used my expertise to create an attractive layout that fit with the design,” says Driskell. “We were able to adjust the plan as needed for functionality, so everything would flow well.”

Working with the natural landscape, Flatmade created a large driveway that splits into two. One side leads to a 4-car garage connected to the parents’ home, as well as to a detached 6-car garage. A system of walkways leads to the back patio, a 4-car garage at the daughter’s, then wraps around the home to the pool deck out back. Walkways leading to the front doors were custom designed to suit each family’s needs and personal taste.

The family can get anywhere on the property by way of concrete laid by Flatmade. And it beautifully ties the two homes and their outdoor features together with modern style.

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