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Ranch House Makeover in Denver

The future meets the best of the past.

What do you call a midcentury remodel that transformed a 1954 bungalow into a three-level 5,100-square-foot modern home? If you’re Sunset magazine, you call it the 2015 Idea House.
Ranch House Makeover in Denver
Huge windows bathe the living room in natural light.
“When we chose a 1950s ranch house in Denver to remodel for our 2015 Idea House, the response was passionate and mixed,” says Sunset home editor Joanna Linberg. “Some people said we should leave a good thing alone. Others pointed out that the house, which wasn’t exactly iconic, could use an update. We understand both perspectives.”
Ranch House Makeover in Denver
Energy-efficient aluminum doors and windows keep the heat in during Denver's cold winters.
The Sunset team tapped Jonas DiCaprio of Design Platform to devise a remodel that “left intact the best of the existing details (like the fireplace) while adding more space and some of the midcentury features (like custom built-ins) the original home lacked.” Interior designer Megan Hudacky of cky design was charged with updating the home’s vintage style.
Ranch House Makeover in Denver
Oversize pieces of glass are a specialty of Western Window Systems.
Western Window Systems provided all the windows and doors for the Sunset Idea House, including the award-winning Series 9500 Bi-Fold Door, an accordion-style door leading to the home’s outdoor kitchen and patio. Other products included sliding glass doors and windows, fixed windows, and casements and awnings from the new Series 670 hinged window line. The innovative products are showcased in key remodeling phases that merge the interior to the exterior, such as moving the kitchen from the front of the home to the back to open up to the yard, and adding a second level with a master suite and rooftop deck.
Ranch House Makeover in Denver
A handsome sliding glass door opens up this dining space to the lush backyard.
The Idea House was featured in the November 2015 issue of Sunset magazine.
“The windows make the master bedroom feel large, I didn’t want to lose that.” Megan Hudacky, cky design
Ranch House Makeover in Denver
An incredible bi-fold door seamlessly blurs the transition from the inside of the house to the outdoors.
Ranch House Makeover in Denver
With the bi-fold door open, the total living space increases exponentially.
“We didn’t want to see the same old ideas you can find in any showroom,” says Sunset editor-in-chief Peggy Northrop. “We wanted innovation. We wanted durability. We wanted ideas any homeowner could use.”
Ranch House Makeover in Denver
A combination of fixed and operable windows add life to this bedroom.

Ample light for every room.

Ranch House Makeover in Denver
Sliding glass door and sliding windows let fresh Colorado air course through the open floor plan.
For more information on the 2015 Sunset Idea House, including floor plans, before and after photos, and a meet-the-team video, go to the Sunset website.
Ranch House Makeover in Denver
Doors and windows are fully customizable depending on the size needed for any opening.

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