A Modern Twist On The Classic Ranch House In Denver
Embracing the indoor-outdoors in the Mile High City
Originally By Samantha Weiss Hills
Jun 25, 2018, 9:30am EDT
Photography by Morgan Rachel Levy
When Cate and Paul Hoff and their three children moved to Denver from Australia about five years ago, they knew they wanted to set down real roots. The city had been the couple’s home before, and after seven years away from the U.S., they were ready for something long-term.
In search of a large lot suitable for new construction, the couple settled on Denver’s University Heights neighborhood, an area where they’d lived twice before. “It’s kind of what we consider home in Denver,” says Cate. Initially, the Hoffs thought they would keep their new house in line with the style of the neighborhood’s 1950s ranch homes.
The position of the house on its site, with the focus on the backyard and windows facing south and west, helps achieve the energy efficiency the family was looking for in the structure. During the winter, the home absorbs sunlight to passively heat the house; its orientation also helps additional natural light inside during darker months. The overhangs and vertical cedar shades are designed to help prevent heat from entering the house during the summer. The second floor covers the majority of the outdoor patio, providing a comfortably shaded area where the family congregates.
The backyard is virtually another room of the house because of two large sections of sliding glass doors that open up onto a patio and lawn. For as much of the year as possible, the backyard serves as a hub of activity for the family and their friends. The owners have a lot of days where we can have the doors open and both air conditioning and heating are off.
Though the interiors are streamlined, they don’t have the coldness of some modern houses. It helps that there’s a seamless flow from indoors to outdoors, but there is also warmth in Cate’s selections for furnishings and finishes, something she drew from her years as a commercial interior designer in Australia.
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