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SEPTEMBER 2015

Classic Homeworks' Monthly eNewsletter

As a member and sponsor of Historic Denver, we are a proud advocate for the historical areas and homes in our city. Preserving the character of Denver's older homes is important to us. Most of our projects involve renovating these historic homes and we specialize in the craftsmanship of restoring their original character while making the home functional and comfortable. 

The remodeling process can include replicating detail in woodwork, carefully removing and relocating trim, windows, doors, etc. within the home, as well as, creating new additions that are seamless with the existing architecture. 

In this edition, we feature an award-winning renovation project of a 1920's Denver Square in the West Highland neighborhood. Working within the footprint of the home, we were able to restore the original character while adding all of the modern conveniences that the homeowners wanted.

If you are interested in learning more about preserving Denver's historical neighborhoods and structures, please visit the Historic Denver website at www.historicdenver.org

Enjoy this edition and remember that we are always looking for newsletter content that interests you. If there is something you would like us to explore, please let us know.

PROJECT SHOWCASE

2015 C.A.R.E. Winner for Historic Home Renovation

The homeowners originally hired us to design and build a second-story backyard addition to include a relocated kitchen and new powder room on the main level with a new master suite on the second level. After completing the initial design and pricing for that project, they decided to scale back and work within the walls of the existing structure.

The end result was a classic renovation that met all of the homeowner's needs while perfectly fitting with the original architecture of the home. The Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence agreed with us and awarded us first place in the "Historic Remodel" category.

 

Before

An earlier remodel stripped most of the original charm from the kitchen.

 

After

Featured renovations of this historic Denver Square home include:

Kitchen: The doorways were shifted to allow more space for the refrigerator cabinet wall and new mudroom coffee bar. We provided a dedicated range hood, subway tile backsplash, inset cabinets and marble countertops for a vintage feel. Wood flooring was extended into the space for continuity to the rest of the house. 

Hall Bath: We kept the existing layout of the fixtures, but installed all new fixtures and finishes throughout.
Master Suite: The master bedroom was relocated to the west side of the house and the layout was reconfigured. The master bathroom includes vintage finishes and a new transom window for a historic look. The master closet has direct access to the existing laundry room and back staircase of the house. 
Full-size images for this project can be viewed at classichomeworks.com.

"CLASSIC HOMEWORKS WAS FANTASTIC THROUGHOUT THE DESIGN PROCESS. THEY HELPED US COME UP WITH A DESIGN THAT WE WOULD NOT HAVE CONTEMPLATED OTHERWISE AND TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE EXISTING FOOTPRINT OF OUR HOME/RESPECT THE HISTORIC CHARACTER OF THE HOME. THEY WERE ALSO EXTREMELY PATIENT HELPING US WORK THROUGH NUMEROUS ALTERNATIVES BEFORE WE REACHED OUR PREFERRED OPTION." - D.W., HOMEOWNER

ADDITIONAL REVIEWS FOUND AT GUILDQUALITY.COM

WHAT'S HAPPENING

Classichomeworks.com Launch 

The updated classichomeworks.com website launched on August 31, 2015! The new and improved site is fully responsive on all electronic devices and includes an expanded portfolio section with pictures of our latest projects.

We kicked off the launch of the website with a Design Contest! You can submit a creative design idea from your own home and win a $100 gift card* to the merchant of your choice. The contest ends on 9/30/15 so don't wait to submit your design ideas. See full contest rules here

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

Dana Buhr, Architect & Designer

We are pleased to announce the addition of Dana Buhr to the Classic Homeworks’ team. Dana has over 20 years of experience and says that she doesn't remember life before architecture. Her career has been a rich tapestry of project types and, most importantly, clients.

"I am passionate about residential architecture and love meeting people. It's important to create spaces that look both beautiful and meet the lifestyle needs of our clients." says Dana.
Dana jumped in with both feet and is already working on large-scale addition projects that involve structural elements.

Her husband, two daughters, son, and two dogs are the loves of her life and allow her to spend time volunteering at Children’s Hospital Colorado and serving on the Board of the Cardiac Kids Chapter there. She enjoys gardening, reading, and trying to take long enough walks to wear her dogs out.

We are very fortunate to have Dana on our team and are confident that our clients will benefit from her expertise, positive-attitude and caring nature.

FOR THE HOME

Early Fall Maintenance

Sadly, summer is coming to a close but while the sun is still out, it's a good time to prepare your home for fall and winter. Here are seven exterior maintenance tips you can do now to keep your house in peak condition for the colder months ahead.
  1. Check the foundation for cracks.
  2. Repair peeling or blistering paint.
  3. Inspect the roof for missing or loose shingles.
  4. Clean gutters and downspouts.
  5. Caulk windows and weatherstrip doors.
  6. Check porch and deck supports, stairs and railings.
  7. Clean and apply sealer to decks.

 

Zucchini-Corn Quesadilla with Goat Cheese & Basil

Designer, Brynn Mood, enjoys a long history of menu planning and recipe sharing with friend and blogger, Kristin Silverman of thekitchensinkrecipes.com. Here's one of their end of summer favorites.
 
Quantity: 1 6-inch quesadilla (8 small wedges); serves 2-3 as an appetizer

Ingredients:
2 6-inch flour, corn or whole-wheat tortillas
1/4 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
1 ounce goat cheese
1 ear of grilled corn, kernels shaved off the cob
1/2 cup zucchini, shredded or julienned (I used the grater insert in the food processor)
1 tablespoon basil, julienned
1/8 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh-cracked black pepper or crushed chile flakes

Directions:
Prepare a grill or grill pan. On one tortilla, spread half the monterey jack cheese. In successive layers on top of the cheese, layer the corn kernels, zucchini and basil. Dot the goat cheese on top of the basil. Spread the remaining monterey jack cheese on top of the goat cheese, sprinkle with some salt and pepper, and cover with the remaining tortilla, pressing slightly (the goat cheese will help “seal” the top and bottom tortillas).

Carefully transfer the quesadilla to the grill. Grill three minutes per side. For criss-crossing grill marks, rotate the quesadilla 90 degrees, halfway through each side’s grill time.

Enjoy!
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