Beautiful Greenwood Village Home Connects with Landscape in New Renovation
An improved floor plan gives this renovated Greenwood Village home a connection to the landscape
Charlotte and Rob Gillespie were in the market for a half-acre lot where they could build a home that supported their love of entertaining, featured adequate room for a pool, and promoted an easy indoor-outdoor lifestyle. At the urging of a friend in real estate, they toured an existing property in Greenwood Village with ample outdoor space to accomplish their goals but with a Cape Cod- style house that didn’t quite grab them. “It had a big covered porch on the back and a three-car garage with a guest suite,” recalls Charlotte about the plus side. “What didn’t appeal to us was the dated Tuscan interiors with its heavy stone and wrought-iron light fixtures.”
After much consideration and many visits to the property, the couple decided to forge ahead: Thanks to her background in interior design, Charlotte Gillespie had a pretty clear vision of what needed to be done to the residence to make it theirs. Joining forces with builders Scott Kirkegaard and Dave Denton of AJ Kirkegaard Contractors, she initiated a total gut remodel and vanquished the Tuscan features. But reworking the floor plan to better honor the indoor-outdoor connection she craved was a challenge.
“There was a huge dining room near the front entry, and I wanted a space with doors that opened to the patio on the back. But I couldn’t figure out how to make that happen,” she admits. On Kirkegaard’s advice she contacted Emily Lindemann, owner of Coeur Cabinet + Curated Interiors who also works as the director of interior design at Ruggles Mabe Studio. She determined the solution was to relocate the dining room to what would become the pool side of the house.
In addition, Lindemann says, “We created a more pronounced entry space, made the kitchen bigger, and transformed a previously underutilized breakfast nook by vaulting the ceiling and putting in skylights to brighten the space.” In the new dining area, a paneled walnut wall was introduced to conceal an adjacent pool bathroom and provide hidden storage for china and linens. “It’s a wow moment that looks like art,” Lindemann adds.
Describing her design style as classic with a modern twist, Charlotte Gillespie deftly combined new and existing pieces to establish a fresh neutral palette and a modern farm- house feel. In the entry, for example, a carved South American chest, antique Persian rug and an Art Deco-style glass-and-brass ceiling fixture offer a representation of what is to come. In the great room, a steel fireplace brings an edge to the upholstered seating, and in the dining room, an abstract rug and Sputnik-style chandelier featuring blown-glass orbs are modern touches. Meanwhile, Lindemann added details to further complement the new aesthetic.
The new dining area now opens to the covered porch, the latter providing a natural focal point for the re-creation of the landscape. The Gillespies turned to landscape designer Joshua Ruppert and Juan Monarrez from Sketch Design Studio, who, Charlotte says, “walked outside and started sketching and everything fell into place.”
Two new long steps following the outline of the porch provide access to a hot tub on one side and the pool directly ahead, and a raised deck on the opposite end of the pool at the same elevation as the covered porch creates additional lounging space. The elevated area is backed by a multifunctional stone wall with a vertical fireplace in the center, which both hides the pool equipment and works as a visual centerpiece. “In the evening, or in the dead of winter, we see this beautiful lit- up stone wall,” she adds.
The combination of simplified design inside and a variety of outdoor living areas gave the Gillespies exactly what they wanted. As Lindemann explains, “Together we created a workable plan that celebrates their love of entertaining and the outdoors.”
INTERIOR DESIGN Coeur Caboeur Cabinet + Curated Interiors
BUILDER AJ Kirkegaard Contractors
LANDSCAPE Sketch Design Studio
PHOTOGRAPHY Emily Minton Redfield