We've always been intrigued by mid-century modern architecture and have enjoyed exploring the homes in Krisana Park and Arapahoe Acres.  As luck would have it, we were able to purchase a mid-century home in Krisana Park (Denver). This home is part of an enclave of 175 mid-century moderns inspired by the Eichler style of homes in California. The neighborhood was developed by H.B. Wolff from 1954-1957, supposedly on an alfafa field.

Design Goals:

  • Creating a comfortable modern Scandinavian feel, while staying true to original intent of the architecture
  • Increasing square footage and adding storage while retaining the single level living
  • Opening kitchen/living area
  • Improving visual transparency and physical access to front and back yards
  • Maximizing outdoor patio space
  • Updating all the systems
  • Improving air and overall comfort

In terms of sustainable measures and energy efficient goals we did the following:

  • Reused the existing structure and roof system
  • Kept the original flooring
  • Used conventional but high efficiency heating & cooling system
  • Used White TPO roof
  • Retained deep overhangs and new west facing patio roof to minimize heat gain
  • Utilized products from green companies Hansgrohe Plumbing Fixtures, Porcelanosa Tile, Mosa Tile, Neolith countertops
  • LED lighting for electrical energy savings
  • Hurd Windows & Doors
  • Toto toilets for lower water usage

We would like to thank the following Contractors/Companies that worked on this project:

Concept Builders Colorado, Corvus Design/Build, H Landscapes, JQ Painting, Gentleman Josh Carpentry, Environmental Designs, Groundhog Heating, The Shade Store, Livia Kitchens, Mountain Window Specialties, Denver Hardware, Build.com, JR Block Hardwood, The Stone Collection, MH Lighting, Rustico, Denver Countertops, Porcelanosa, Decorative Materials, Fergusons.

If you would like to follow the design and build process, check out the blog post links further down this page.

Design process sketches and renderings below:

Finished photos by JC Buck Photography below. Click on photo to see full view:


Blog Posts for this project