Houzz users’ favorite photos in early 2018 include a wide range of styles and smart design concepts. The most popular new exterior photos in the first three months of 2018 are full of great ideas applied to a range of styles. And a wide range it was: The most popular architectural styles varied from traditional to contemporary, from transitional to modern, with the modern farmhouse look still making the strongest showing. Here are some great ideas plucked from the most popular exterior photos — as measured by how many Houzz users added them to their ideabooks — and an inspirational idea from each.
Denver’s Mid-Century Modern Architecture
Located in SW Denver, Harvey Park is Home to Colorado's Cliff May's Prefabricated 1950's Ranch Homes! Other neighborhoods in the Denver Metro area where Mid Century Modern homes can be found are Arapahoe Acres, Arapaho Hills, Belcaro, Hilltop, Krisana Park, and Lynwood.
Stylish and Architectural these Gems Feature Post Beam Construction, Floor to Ceiling Glass, Courtyards and Open Floor Plans. Built Small in Scale and Sensitive to Price, these Cliff May's DO NOT lack on Design!
Cliff May was Known as the Creator of the California Ranch and Perfected his Style by Erasing the Lines Between Indoors and Outdoors. Courtyards, Walls of Glass, Clerestory Windows and Open Living Space Exemplified the Cliff May Style. These Architectural Principles were Cutting Edge at the time and Still Translate to Modern Taste Today.
May loved wide open spaces. No wonder. A descendant of an early California Spanish family, he was raised on a San Diego ranch. Considered by many to be the father of the California ranch-style house, May is noted for combining the western ranch house and Hispanic hacienda styles with elements of modernism. His approach called for houses to be built out instead of up, with the continual goal of bringing the outdoors in.
Featuring post and beam construction and extensive glass, both floor-to-ceiling and clerestory. May said, “I rebelled against the boxy houses being built then. The ranch house was everything a California house should be -it had cross-ventilation, the floor was level with the ground, and with its courtyard and the exterior corridor, it was about sunshine and informal outdoor living.”
When these Homes were Built, they were some of the First Pre-Fab Houses in Denver and there was very Little Waste--Even the Shipping Crates became some of the walls in the Houses. Burns Construction, headed by Denver homebuilding legend Franklin Burns, constructed the first model home for this neighborhood at 2505 S. Lowell Blvd. This home was in the Parade of Homes in 1955.
In the opinion of many metropolitan area inspectors and builders, the prefabrication industry was in the experimental stage. Wood arrived in Denver improperly dried for the climate and soon shrank and cracked. Freight charges on prefabricated products were expensive. Inexperienced crews did not know how to unload, lay out, and assemble prefabricated kit houses. To guard against improper handling, architect Clifford May followed his prefabricated homes to Harvey Park to instruct and oversee construction.
Several Floor Plans were Offered and the Ease of Post Beam Construction Allowed for Individual Customization. Because there are no load bearing walls, it was very easy to customize the interior wall of these homes. Several basic floor plans were offered.
The style of the Cliff May Ranchos was soon imitated throughout the country, mostly during the 1950s, when people were leaving urban areas for a more secluded suburban life. “The early Californians had the right idea. They built for the seclusion and comfort of their families, for the enjoyment of relaxation in their homes. We want to perpetuate these ideas of home building,” he once said.
While he did not build in Denver, Developer Joseph Eichler had a huge influence on builders in Denver in the 1950’s. Eichler, whose homes had already gained popularity up north in the San Francisco Bay Area, was among those who put their Mid-Century Modern stamp on the architecture of Southern California. Eichler built five neighborhoods, with a total of about 600 Eichler homes, in the greater Los Angeles area. His homes can be found in the city of Orange, Granada Hills, and Thousand Oaks.
Father and son Denver developer H.B. Wolff and Brad Wolff built Krisana Park in the 1950s as the Denver metro area was experiencing a post-war boom that makes today’s growing pains seem modest. The Wolffs had been inspired by the modernist homes being built by Joseph Eichler on a trip to California.
Virginia Village in SE Denver is another prominent neighborhood with a history of preservation of its Mid Century Moderns. Originally a farming community in Arapahoe County, this neighborhood was platted by Levi R. and Winnifred S. Roop and on Aug. 2, 1950, the first filing of Virginia Village was official.
There are several fine examples of Mid Century Modern Architecture lining several blocks within Virginia Village and an interesting article in Westword Magazine highlights life in the neighborhood today: http://www.westword.com/arts/i-left-my-heart-in-virginia-village-admiring-architecture-in-denvers-hoods-8372987
More information about these homes in Harvey Park can be found in this 5280 Magazine article: http://www.5280.com/2017/06/history-behind-denvers-harvey-park/
Denverite also has a good article on the Eichler inspired homes in Krisana Park here: https://www.denverite.com/denver-mid-century-modern-homes-protection-krisana-park-21453/
The federal government has rejected a key element in a Colorado nonprofit’s plan to build hundreds of housing units on vacant land at Federal Center in Lakewood, according to Mayor Adam Paul. “Application DENIED.” he wrote in a lengthier Facebook post on Monday night.
The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless had proposed a community that would evolve from temporary structures to 600 permanent supportive homes for people exiting homelessness.
The project was meant to be built on federal land near a rail station. Now, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has “denied the request of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to acquire this property for its use,” according to an email provided by the mayor.
The government specifically rejected the nonprofit’s financial plan to build the community, according to Cathy Alderman, a vice president with CCH. The financial plan has not been released to the public.
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Glendale, LA, now Denver? The Denver Broncos Football Club is working with the city of Denver to plan the future of 50-plus acres of surface parking lots around the stadium, which could eventually become a “mixed-use neighborhood destination” that would include dense residential development, they announced today. It’s an idea that has percolated for more than a decade. Today, representatives of the team, the city government, and the district that runs the area made a formal announcement about the push to redevelop.
The owners of Elitch Gardens just put their cards on the table. Their newly released development plan would put blocks of high-rise housing and parks along the South Platte River west of downtown Denver, creating a new “urban district” over a 25-year period.
If approved, their plan would bring the same scale of development to the Elitch Gardens area that we’ve already seen near Union Station and Brighton Boulevard.
And, eventually, it would require the demolition of Elitch Gardens itself, though the developers insist that won’t be in the near future.
“When the time comes to move, we’ll find an even better home,” said Sean Duffy, a spokesman for the developers.