A 1901 Build Becomes an Eclectic Abode
This snug house built in 1901 was renovated to make the best creative and efficient use of the existing space
Jake Swanton and Kyle Boukedes were set on finding a Victorian home, and they acted swiftly when a Denver Sunnyside residence came on the market. “The major selling point for us was that the house just had really good bones and lots of character,” says Boukedes. The home was situated on a corner lot with ample yard space. The interior had a large formal dining area, but the living room and kitchen were smaller than they wanted.
There was only one full bath upstairs and a powder room on the main floor, and the closets were oddly sized and created underutilized space. The couple wanted to reconfigure the existing space for maximum livability and appeal. To achieve their goals, they hired Momo Wong of Momo Wong Design to help guide them through the major renovation, creatively using every square foot as efficiently as possible.
The home’s renovation included opening the kitchen and dining area to create a larger living space, an en suite primary retreat with a second full bath upstairs, updating the guest bedroom and adding an office space. To respect the age of the home, a lumber framed opening to the kitchen was incorporat- ed to meet structural requirements. The kitchen now sports custom walnut cabinetry, quartz counters and a blue-and-white tile backsplash that adds sophistication and whimsy to the space. Cement pendant lights finish the look.
The “small but mighty” primary bath includes black-framed glass in the shower surround to create visual interest. A skylight provides natural light and perceived height in the shower. Rustic-looking tile flooring and a midcentury-inspired walnut vanity combine with grasscloth window treatments and wall sconces to give the room character and appeal.
The new main floor office space and powder room offered a perfect opportunity to have a little fun. Wong says they found unique wall- coverings that are sure to be noticed. In the powder room, the Toile de Jouy patterned wallpaper looks traditional from afar but depicts playful alien abduction scenes up close. In the office, quirky Drunk Monkeys wallpaper makes an amusing statement.
Outside, the landscaping needed a refresh to better accommodate the new owners’ lifestyles, so the front walkway was cleared of foliage, and the large vegetable gardens were pared down to take less time to tend. “Jake and Kyle already had a lovely, diverse collection of art, furniture and plants,” Wong notes. “We incorporated it into the new design, creating layers of depth and interest throughout.”
The philosophy behind the renovation was straightforward: Keep things simple but incorporate eclectic touches reflecting the personalities of the owners. “Jake and Kyle knew this was going to be their home for a really long time,” says Wong. “The goal was to make this a place they would cherish.”