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A Denver Home Gets Raised Six Feet to Create a Sheltered Patio

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Moving from Lake Michigan, a savvy couple builds a dream home that's also a wise investment.

A couple with grown children might seem like a strange match for Denver's up-and-coming Lower Highlands neighborhood. The area flourished in the last decade, becoming a trendy hub of mixed-use developments. The husband, who owns a real estate investment and development firm, agreed with his wife that the growing potential of Lower Highlands was a wise setting—and investment—for their new lives. Unlike their old family home off Lake Michigan, this dwelling would be designed with their wants in mind. Architect Chad Mitchell of Meridian 105 Architecture introduced them to a site not far from the Highland Bridge, and he designed an open-concept property that showed the versatility of modern architecture. “It was important to us that this structure…stand on its own two feet as a quality building with integrity both in the building form and in the materials,” Mitchell said. An open plan helped ameliorate the effects of the home's narrow plot—only 28 feet—and 6-foot elevation allowed for more privacy. But the couple didn’t want to be completely left alone: their daughter, an interior designer, helped her parents with furnishings.

“Considering all of the foot traffic around their property, [the owners] made it very clear that they wanted to find a...
Mitchell says that the red cedar “provided a nice level of contrast from the white siding on top and helps to establish...
“Because the property is so narrow, we had to be strategic in laying out the plan,” Mitchell says.
Mitchell wanted to detail the solid oak staircase with that same sense of openness, even though its materials are heavy.
Since this home was primarily for the couple, rather than their grown children, they wanted a luxurious master bedroom.
Carrara marble was used in the shower and on the countertops.
“We were concerned that by elevating the first floor by six feet, we would be detaching the living space from the...
Apart from a “generous” master bedroom, Mitchell says that the couple also wanted a rooftop deck to see views of...
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