A New Denver Country Club Colonial
How one family erected an ode to yesterday for today
As the cardinal maxim of home buying goes: Buy the worst house in the best neighborhood. But nobody says you have to live in it.
So when these homeowners found a great property in their beloved Denver Country Club neighborhood, they bought it for the lot and decided to start anew, creating a home with all the hallmarks of a grande dame colonial, but with energy efficiency, larger closets and radiant underfloor heating the founding fathers would have salivated over.
“We wanted the exterior to fit in with the beautiful houses in the neighborhood, while having an open, undated interior,” the homeowner says. “So overall we wanted more space and to have a historic look that felt in keeping with the neighborhood.”
“…light, bright and airy, calm—that was what the clients had in mind from the beginning.” — Jodi Cook, Interior Designer
Because they have two young boys, they enlisted designer Jodi Cook to create interiors that combined traditional and updated lines that could hold up to a constant beating. “Everything couldn’t be overly precious; it had to work for the way we live,” the homeowner says.
Cook opted for a calming palette that created a spa-like reprieve, even before COVID-19 settled in. All the walls on the main level and downstairs were painted Benjamin Moore’s OC-23 Classic Gray, in a low sheen that gives it the “light, bright, airy aim the clients had in mind from the beginning,” Cook says.
“Pared-down traditional is what I think of this house—it’s simple and elegant.” — Jodi Cook, Interior Designer
Then, it was all about strategizing around living with littles. Upholstery fabrics and window treatments are stain-resistant (a prime example: the family room’s faux mohair sofa, which is actually a poly-cotton with an acrylic backing that performs like an indoor/outdoor fabric). “Its dark color hides a bevy of sins, even the Sharpie one of the boys got on it within the first two weeks of installing it,” Cook says.
Having spent more time than they ever imagined in their new home, the owners couldn’t be happier. “Our favorite spot in the house, the space we spend the most time in, is the kitchen into the family room, which is a large, open space—we can be making dinner or at the island talking, and the kids are in view, playing in their little area.”
It’s not your great-grandmother’s colonial—and that’s just the way they like it.
ARCHITECT Kristin Park, Kristin Park Design INTERIOR DESIGNER Jodi Cook, Cook Design House BUILDER Jim Armatas, Town & Country Custom Homes CABINET DESIGNER Danny Strait, Aspen Leaf Kitchens Ltd. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Mike Eagleton, Mike Eagleton Landscape Architecture & Design