1960’s Apartment Transformation | Denver, USA

This 10-story condominium building in central Denver, Colorado was originally designed and built in the 1960’s as 40 basic one-bedroom/one bath and two-bedroom/two-bath apartments. Located in a vibrant inner-city neighborhood, the building is situated on the corner of two tree-lined streets, in a fantastic location two blocks from one of the city’s major urban parks. Nearby are several bus stops and neighborhood retail, which includes a major grocery store, coffee shops, restaurants, laundry, hardware store, and other day-to-day necessities . . . there are views of Pikes Peak and the  DSC_0047 Continental Divide, and one can walk into downtown in about twenty-five minutes. From a design standpoint, however, there were several major negatives in the original apartment layouts (in my opinion), including standard 7’8″ ceiling heights, dark narrow hallways, confined kitchens, and small windowless bathrooms – all typical with this type and age of building; on the plus side, all units enjoy floor to ceiling sliding glass doors that lead onto outdoor balconies. Southeast corner units have a 50’x 6′ outdoor balcony facing south, and a smaller 12’x 5′ outdoor balcony facing east towards the park, affording a sunny living room, dining area, and bedrooms.   What the original two-bedroom / two-bath apartments did not have was that open-concept, loft-style, contemporary design that has become the norm in today’s modern city living. But knowing that this is definitely where I wanted to live, and that I was happiest and most content in a more contemporary loft-stye living environment, I was determined to make the best of it by totally changing what I could, modifying what I couldn’t, and adapting where I needed to. The Pages that follow include room by room “Before and After” photos and descriptions of the renovation that best illustrate the transformation.

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