We took out two walls at each end of this kitchen, removed a dropped soffit that ran the perimeter of the kitchen, added a window seat, and transformed an odd hall closet into a really useful pantry with wine storage at the top, in addition to quite a few other details.
Instead of expanding your home - think about expanding your view instead! We put in two 48" french doors that open out onto a new deck and it totally transformed this living room.
In the dining room we replaced a generic drywall arch with a custom post and beam. We added planking to the wall to add some visual interest and to give the client a shelf for flexible display.
Denver Ranch House Love
Remodelista just featured this kitchen in an article called Trend Alert: The Cult of the Blue Kitchen; 10 Favorites. This is a beautiful little 1950's ranch house located in Denver's Crestmoor neighborhood - an area filled with large trees and big yards. Like many Denver neighborhoods, smaller, period homes co-exist here with super-sized homes that are either new builds or over-sized pop-tops. This project wasn't about doubling the home's size - but about maximizing the space that was already there. (I've posted a series of in-progress renovation stories about this under 2,000 square foot home if you want to catch up on the house: the First Renovation Story and the Second Renovation Story.) The latest blog post Before and After: Ranch House Love in Denver has some great Before photos and more information on products used for this project. All of these photos were taken by Denver's Sara Yoder.
The kitchen was enclosed by walls with a small doorway from the dining room. Removing the wall dramatically changed the interaction between family members and made cooking a more enjoyable experience.
We encased the beam in alder and stained it to match the newly refinished floor.
We added two new skylights to the family room and swapped spots with the sliding door and the window to give more room to the seating area. The custom barn door is by Drew Allman of Board and Bolt.
We updated the tile and paint in this bathroom off of the family room. Sometimes, that's all you need to do to update the look!
A sketch I did for the clients to help them visualize the proposed changes.
Check out this blog post about this vintage-style kitchen remodel in an older home in Denver's Park Hill neighborhood. We re-used most of the existing cabinets here to make this a more budget friendly project. (Photos by Sara Yoder)
Colorado Mountain Modern Kitchen
When I first walked into this home in Golden, Colorado it was dark and crowded with furniture, tchotchkes and memories. It was my client's family home and it was time to lighten things up for them both physically and emotionally. I love this remodel - for some dramatic before photo's and more information on the project please check out my blog post about it!
"Decorating has to do with people and beauty and the timeless activities of domestic life" - Mark Hampton
We exposed the shed roof on this galley kitchen and highlighted it with beetle kill pine planks.
This lovely 1920's Craftsman Bungalow is situated on a beautiful tree lined street in Denver's Historic Congress Park. My clients loved the location, the street and the home, but needed to expand its square footage to be more in tune with a 21st Century lifestyle. They did what many people do in this situation and raised the roof and they did it in such a stylish and thoughtful way that respects the original Craftsman Bungalow and respects the neighborhood that I always leave their home thoroughly in love with its charm. For more information - please check out my blog post on their bathroom renovations here! I have another blog post about the interiors of this charming Denver home here. All of these photo's were taken by Colorado photographer Sara Yoder.
The small, light-filled family room has a custom sofa, custom X-benches and fun wine fridge/game cabinet I designed to work with the rooms original closet. The refrigerator is up higher because the closet is cut by stairs at the base of it. We kept the bungalow's original molding wherever possible.
In the bungalow's very small, original living room we placed two matching settees to unify the small space and maximize seating without it looking too cluttered. I added a custom, mahogany mantel to the original bookshelves at the fireplace. The original mantel was long gone. The art over the fireplace is a custom piece by Colorado artist Julia Havel.
We refinished the client's gorgeous pine table, added a custom leather bench, custom drapes with matching seat cushions and kept the palette natural, warm and simple.
We had the space to add a little bookshelf on the stair's landing. I had the trim match the rest of the home and added beadboard to the back for interest.
This is a great example of what to do with the space above a closet in a room with a vaulted ceiling. The client's daughter loves the climbing wall and the reading nook. The ladder slides to the side when not in use.
A partial view of the Master Bedroom on the left with a sliding barn door made from the client's old fence. The master bathroom feels light filled and airy thanks to the vaulted ceiling and the skylight and window in the shower.
Colorado Eclectic Ranch
This kitchen was so fun to transform! When I came into the picture it was a fairly typical 1990's renovated kitchen with blonde cabinets and sage green accents. We sold the cabinets through a great Greencycling service and set about creating some kitchen magic with light colors, leathered granite and whitewash. For before photo's and more information check out my blog post!
"Kitchens should be designed around what's truly important - Fun, Food and Life." Daniel Boulud
Our Studio: We are a small, bespoke interior design studio in a converted carriage house based out of historic, downtown Littleton, Colorado. For more information about this project check out the story on Colorado Nest!
"Serious is a word that must be entirely avoided when it comes to decoration." Kathryn M. Ireland
I met these clients first in a rambling, old family home in Denver. Their children are grown and have families of their own and they were ready to downsize to a less rambling, less work-needed type of home. The wife loves art and loves color so we started with a warm gray envelope to support more art, more colors and more antiques. I am very proud to have re-used, re-upholstered and re-purposed a lot of their existing furniture. Making smart purchases in your life pays off for yourself and the environment. This client's love of the old and the new made this project a joy to work on.
We reupholstered the two matching sofas in a soft gray velvet from Schumacher and reupholstered the client's fantastic antique chair. Many of the other pieces in the room were already owned by the client. (Photo by Sara Yoder)
Open plan kitchen and family room. We added upper cabinets to match the existing and a put in a new island with seating. (Photo by Sara Yoder)
I use sketches as another form of communication with my clients, craftspeople and builders. It's a great tool to show I what I mean when I say "rustic fireplace mantel" (for example), and it opens up a deeper level of dialogue for my client and myself about how they are going to use their environment. Sketches are such a great tool to hammer out the details, from dealing with unexpected support columns to adding windows and faux beams or a simple fireplace surround.
I am a visual person and I've found that most of my clients are as well.
"While drawing, I discover what I really want to say." Dario Fo