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Every year, Sunset Magazine chooses a site for its annual Idea House that best captures the “spirit of the West.” While the majority of Idea Houses are found on the West Coast, Denver’s booming housing market and design scene drew the editors to the Mile High City. The house selected for renovation was also a noteworthy find; the 1954 ranch home was a classic example of a midcentury ranch, a rare find in the neighborhood.

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The renovation transformed the one-story structure into a three-level, 5,100-square-foot abode with five bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths. The designers made great efforts to preserve the original home’s midcentury modern character, from painstakingly tracking down matching brick to finding custom windows and trellises that matched the original design. The interior design also reinforced its iconic style with careful selection of color, textiles, woods, and stone.

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The 2015 Sunset Idea House’s expanded footprint includes an outdoor kitchen, basement theater room, and vast rooftop patio. By moving the bedrooms from the ground floor into the addition, the designers was able to open the main level’s living spaces to the outdoors in three directions, making the home feel larger and closer to nature. A drought-tolerant planting plan, completed by Jessica Lummus of Environmental Designs, ties together the outdoor spaces, including the outdoor kitchen and fire pit, to the home.

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The modernized home is also energy-efficient. The walls were guttered and then insulated with closed-cell foam to create an airtight envelope. New low-energy systems, including a 98-percent-efficient furnace, were also installed. The 2015 Sunset Idea House opened to the public on August 7, 2015 and is available for ticketed tours for six consecutive weekends until September 13, 2015.

+ Sunset Magazine 2015 Idea House

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