It’s hard to believe that this small back yard was once “a leftover space,” as Jeff Sheppard, architect and principal of Denver-based Roth Sheppard Architects, calls it. To give new purpose to the small plot of land, the architect, who also reworked the interior of the 1950s Hilltop home, designed a modern, Zen-like retreat.
Architecture & Interiors
Architecture & Interiors
When the design challenge is to build a new home that shows off a historic style—and puts a fresh spin on the look—finding the right team of people to do the job is essential.
With space and views at a premium in Denver’s urban neighborhoods, it is rare for one property to offer so many sought-after features—panoramic views of both cityscape and mountains, contemporary living in a historic neighborhood and access to spacious outdoor venues. But sometimes all the right ingredients come together. Such was the case for former suburbanites Liza Kampstra and Craig Evans, who found the perfect location in Denver’s Lower Highlands neighborhood—and the right architect and interior designer to bring their vision to life.
With a few well-chosen furnishings and adornments, home design can transport you to a different place or time. But taking a newer home back several centuries—and doing so authentically—requires more than just some artfully placed antiques.
Where it Began
When Doyle Svenby hauls the bins of Christmas decorations in from the garage for his wife, Melissa, the week before Thanksgiving, the holiday season officially begins in the Svenby household. Soon the southwestern-styled stucco house—a contemporary, minimalist space the other 10 months of the year—is bedecked, festooned and embellished inside and out, with all manner of holiday finery.
After the Peterson family adopted this spec home, designed by architect Scott Turnipseed, they turned to Vail-based Slifer Designs’ president Yvonne Jacobs and design associate Audrey Barriault to make it their own. A Colorado native with 20 years of design experience, Jacobs knew how to create a space that’s just right for its alpine setting: add comfort and style with nature-inspired touches.
We asked CH&L readers to share their favorite design sources, local gems and mountain hotspots—and added our favorites to the mix. The result: a lively guide that’s chock full of the best people, places and things state-round.
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