The owners of the Balsam Residence were interested in breathing new life into this mid-century home that had been untouched since its construction in 1968. The focus of the renovation was to not only give the exterior a much-needed aesthetic upgrade but also to open up the interior of the house to more natural light and breathtaking views of the Flatirons.
Our goal was to maintain the mid-century qualities of the original house so many of the design elements included in the renovation were executed with this objective in mind. The warm tones of the exposed wood beams in the kitchen and living room extend beyond a wall of glass doors and enhance the connection to the outdoor spaces. The material palette is a combination of old and new, providing a balance of textures between the sleek matte-black and raw-steel kitchen and the existing brick fireplace that was a central feature of the original house.
Situated on a 40-acre property, the 63rd Street Ranch Residence is a Net Zero home with panoramic views of the Front Range, including the Flatirons and Longs Peak. The unique layout cantilevers from the sloping hillside, providing a backdrop for the patio, pool, and sweeping landscape. The interplay of the unique characteristics of the dynamic site with the home was paramount in this design; we oriented the home to interact with the natural grade of the ridgeline, so that it appears interdependent with the terrain.
The result is the appearance of a contemporary structure that has been present on the site for many years. We collaborated with the client, who is passionate about high-level architecture and design, throughout every step of the design process to create a home with modern form and warm, inviting materials. Ten-foot floor-to-ceiling glass windows and dramatic steel planes are countered by the warm tones of Arborwood on the exterior and soft textures of American clay on the interior walls.
16th St Residence
A young family approached us to help them convert their split-level ranch into a home that took advantage of their large backyard and connected the small living space to the outside. The modern addition purposefully sets itself apart from the rest of the home.
Ten-foot-tall sliding glass doors and an exterior deck connect the modest kitchen, dining, and living areas to the back yard with mature silver maple trees. The cabinetry was designed to visually recede from the space. The flush panel doors on the pantry and the flush pull kitchen cabinets are applied to the back walls allowing the floating island cube to anchor the corner of the space.
When the owners of Columbine Residencemarried and combined their family of 2 adults, 5 kids, and a large yellow lab, they knew they needed to do some remodeling. The Victorian house from 1890 had been through some remodels and additions in the past, but thankfully, most of the interior woodwork and trim was intact. Our goal was to open up the small divided victorian interior of the main level to create an open plan with a new kitchen that combined the richness and texture of the old house with a fresh and modern palette.
The young family that bought the Utica Residence had just moved back from 2 years of living in Costa Rica and wanted a home with clean lines, open spaces, and a warm modern aesthetic. The original 1979 cedar and brick sided home were in desperate need of an update. We rearranged the interior spaces to open the house to the mountain views to the south and improved the energy efficiency with new exterior insulation and high-performance windows. The exterior cement board panels were selected to give the home a clean and modern look and minimize long term maintenance.
Our team was also responsible for the interior design of the home. The custom built-in cabinets throughout the house create a coordinated and unifying look and feel from room to room. The wide plank European oak floors give the home a soft feel under the feet while the hot rolled steel accents give the material palate depth and an unpretentious edge.
The Mountain Shadows Residenceis anchored on a steeply sloping site with sweeping views of Colorado Springs and Cheyenne Mountain. The family lost their previous home on this site in the Waldo Canyon Fire in the summer of 2012. The design of the new home was generated by combining the operational and functional requirements of a large modern family with the commanding and unique qualities of the site. With distinctly modern styling the home presents itself at different scales depending on how one approaches the house or views it from on and off the site. The simplified exterior material pallet of stucco and steel supports this balance of scale. On the interior, the floors are open and spatially connected both horizontally and vertically through clerestory openings and thresholds, which allows the play of light throughout the day to change the character of the rooms.
Pine Street Residence
Boulder, Colorado 2015 ____
The Pine Street Residence project was an extensive remodel and addition to an existing house in Boulder for a local restaurant owner and his family. The family requested a home that reflected the style and feel of the homes they grew up with in London. The styling is a mix of modern elements inserted into a classically styled home. Deeply sculpted trim details and doors, oil finished floors, and an old porch post holding up the stair landing are balanced with honed Carrara marble islands and polished brass pendants over the custom twelve-foot long dining table.
The renovation and addition to a 1920’s woodframed bungalow was centered around connecting the house to the extensive backyard. The addition of the house consisted of a new basement rec room, kitchen/living room, and second floor master suite. The renovation of the original house included a new electrical system, lighting, and in-floor radiant heating. The aesthetic goal of the project was to blend the historic styling of the old house with a fresh contemporary feel.
The design of the Haystack residencewas conceived as a contemporary farmhouse comprised of simple, gabled volumes assembled and finished with contemporary materials and detailing. The result is a series of comfortable, livable interior spaces and numerous outdoor patios capturing the dramatic views to the western mountains and surrounding open space. Attention to detail in the design and construction of the home produced an air-tight and well insulated building envelope that is designed to maximize the efficiency of the geothermal ground source heat pump system used to heat and cool the home. This project serves as an example of what is possible when thoughtful design, quality construction and readily available products and materials are combined to produce a livable, durable, and sustainable residence.
6th St. Residence
Boulder, Colorado 2013 ____
The 6th St. Residence is an addition and extensive remodel of a three bedroom residence located in the Newlands neighborhood in North Boulder. The design modernizes the overall spatial organization of the original 1948 house and previous 1993 addition by relocating the vertical circulation, kitchen and living room on the main level. This renovation also includes an addition of a new master suite, dining room, family room, office, front porch and two-car garage. The overall energy efficiency of the house was improved with a new high-efficiency mechanical system with radiant in-floor heating and improved insulation. Updated, contemporary finishes compliment the open floor plan and light filled spaces.
The schematic design and design development for the Tall Pine Residence was generated by working closely with the clients through sketches, as well as both physical and computer modeling. The design of the home is organized along a circulation spine running parallel to the slope of the site with the programmatic spaces layered on either side. This affords views through the entire house from the front yard to the back yard. The exterior of the house is composed as a series of gabled roof forms reminiscent of the traditional farmhouse that has grown over time. The assembly of these volumes also creates a variety of exterior spaces with different scales and feelings. This provides spaces for larger social gatherings, intimate lunches, and outdoor cooking.
Poudre Valley Residence
Boulder, Colorado 2015 ____
The design of the Poudre Valley Residenceis comprised of two gabled volumes separated by a light filled entry and circulation space. The volumes respond to the sloping terrain and the two-story western elevation with large windows fill the space with light and allow dramatic views of the western mountains. The lower level of the home grounds the structure to the landscape and acts as a base for the upper level and outdoor patio spaces. This strong base and the articulated volumes placed upon it, allows for a strong connection between the interior spaces and the surrounding site.