Western Home Awards

Discover the winners of our awards for innovative home design in the West

Denver, Colorado

Space to entertain

WHA 2006 Denver

This Denver house opens to the patio on two sides, allowing parties to flow easily.

Ron Pollard

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Merit Award: Remodel

A 1920s brick house in a historic Denver neighborhood suffered from small, dark rooms and was cut off from the garden.

Why it won: The design integrates house and landscape with a handsome L-shaped patio edged with a long water feature that doubles as a bench. Owners Jim Theye and Dee Chirafisi like to entertain, and the newly expanded living/dining space now opens to the patio on two sides so parties can flow easily into the garden. "We took out a lot of walls and enlarged some openings to create a real connection between indoors and out," Chirafisi says. The living area even includes a pivoting support bracket for a flat-screen television beside a sliding door, allowing for outdoor movies.

Design: Sarah Brown, Dalton Davis, and Dave Robb, Semple Brown Design, Denver (303/571-4137)

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