From Dated 1950s Home to Dream City Dwelling Before and After

Colorado Homes & Lifestyles
Michelle Johnson
Set in Denver’s quaint Bonnie Brae neighborhood, this two-story International Style home hadn’t been touched since it was built in 1950. Amanda Precourt, owner of AJP Realty & Design, was drawn to the home’s retro details—blonde exterior brick, a boxy facade, flat rooflines, glass-block windows in the entryway—and generous lot size. But small and scant windows, compartmentalized rooms and passé hard finishes (read: pink and turquoise tile) made the interiors dark and dated. Precourt, who also owns a mountain home in Edwards, embraced the challenge to transform the charming, albeit antiquated, space into a primary city residence for herself and her two dogs, Trout and Bear. “Since no one had done anything to the original home, I wasn’t going to be remodeling anyone else’s remodel,” she says. “It was an open canvas.”
Precourt called on architect Pavan Krueger, her go-to gal for home projects, to spearhead the redesign. Despite challenges of asbestos, water damage and faulty electrical wiring, the duo created a bright, open space with a funky midcentury flair within a year. To stay true to the home’s history, the team retained the exterior facade and low ceilings but transformed the cramped indoor spaces into one cohesive main level by removing all of the interior walls. The home’s square footage was doubled with the addition of a new, 2,000-square-foot wing and a basement that includes a junior master suite and media room. Windows and a sliding glass wall were added to invite more natural light inside, while a palette of neutral hues, bright white paint and whitewashed larch floors provide a blank backdrop for Precourt’s collection of contemporary art and sleek furnishings.

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