Denver and the Front Range’s Eclectic Home Landscape

The Vertical Arts team is made up of expert designers from around the country, including our own Andrew Pharis who spent seven years as an architect in New York City before moving to Colorado. Andrew has a keen eye for design and has noticed a few unique trends throughout Denver and the Front Range as he leads the Denver office team for Vertical Arts. 

Vertical Arts team of architects, interior designers and landscape architects in Colorado.

The Vertical Arts team checks out an in-progress project on the Front Range.

Upon moving to Denver from NYC, he anticipated he would be coming to a city full of mountain chic homes, but has quickly learned that Denver and the greater Front Range have one of the most unique and eclectic residential housing markets in the U.S.

 

Within any neighborhood in the Denver metro area, you’ll find everything from older styles like the Craftsman Bungalow, the “Denver Square,” Victorians, and Tutor Revival to Mid-Century Modern Ranch homes and clean lined contemporary dwellings. You’ll find multifamily interspersed with single family homes, and everything from old ranches to new designs that look like they came straight from a modern west coast city.

This exterior of this home features brick, natural wood siding and exposed timbers to transition this 1950s era home into a mid-century modern ranch in the prolific Bow Mar neighborhood of Littleton, playing up the low slung architecture, floating flat roof and triangle window configurations.

This exterior of this home features brick, natural wood siding and exposed timbers to transition this 1950s era home into a mid-century modern ranch in the prolific Bow Mar neighborhood of Littleton, playing up the low slung architecture, floating flat roof and triangle window configurations.

While some neighborhoods have strong identities, as soon as you’re on the cusp of that neighborhood the style starts to blend in interesting ways. Take for instance The Highlands and Sloan’s Lake neighborhoods. It’s interesting to see the dissection of the urban fabric with a melting pot of older Western American traditional styles mixed with new urban contemporary styles. As another example, if you look at one of the newer neighborhoods to form its own identity – Central Park – you’ll see everything from more traditional mountain-looking homes to super sleek, modern abodes and even a few row homes that look like they were taken straight from the East coast and transplanted into the neighborhood.

Built into the mountains of Ft. Collins, this modern home frames majestic views of Longs Peak and the northern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with 20 feet of floor-to-ceiling glass windows, along with numerous outdoor spaces nestled between pine trees to create an organic feel of living within the woods.

Built into the mountains of Ft. Collins, this modern home frames majestic views of Longs Peak and the northern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with 20 feet of floor-to-ceiling glass windows, along with numerous outdoor spaces nestled between pine trees to create an organic feel of living within the woods.

That said, there are a few things that are true to Colorado style throughout much of the Denver metro region, of which most is centered with an emphasis on nature, even in sprawling urban environments:

Natural Light. Colorado is known for its 300 days of sunshine, and Colorado residents want to capitalize on that whether they live in the mountains or an urban environment. Even in Colorado’s bigger cities, the architecture of homes emphasizes natural light with floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights.

Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows across the living spaces, this Larkspur home provides natural light from every direction.

Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows across the living spaces, this Larkspur home provides natural light from every direction.

Natural Materials. Coloradans have such a strong bond with nature, and it comes through in the material palette of their homes. Mountain home or urban dwelling, you’ll find the use of wood, natural stone and metal finishes expressed in the design of houses all throughout Colorado.

Providing a contrast of several natural materials, including wood, stone and metal, this Fort Collins home brings together the best of modern and rustic.

Providing a contrast of several natural materials, including wood, stone and metal, this Fort Collins home brings together the best of modern and rustic.

Indoor/outdoor living. Even in the cities with less open space, you’ll see homes are designed with the outdoors in mind. Sliding doors that seamlessly connect the inside to the outside, as well as elevated patios and rooftop decks, are popular no matter where you are in Colorado.

Landscaping was an important component of this home’s design to ensure all of the property’s buildings and natural elements seamlessly complemented each other. The home wraps around a central courtyard that features three distinct seating areas: one for covered eating, a lower courtyard with a firepit, and an upper courtyard with a hot tub, concrete fire pit and greenhouse. The combination of formal and natural elements creates a truly unique and accessible space.

Landscaping was an important component of this home’s design to ensure all of the property’s buildings and natural elements seamlessly complemented each other. The home wraps around a central courtyard that features three distinct seating areas: one for covered eating, a lower courtyard with a firepit, and an upper courtyard with a hot tub, concrete fire pit and greenhouse. The combination of formal and natural elements creates a truly unique and accessible space.

Though Vertical Arts has traditionally been known as a mountain-based architecture and design firm, with the help of Andrew and other in-house architects and designers, the team has easily adapted urban designs throughout Colorado, focusing on the consistent love for natural materials. Vertical Arts prides itself on being a chameleon that can touch each unique neighborhood while injecting something exciting to make each stand out. 

 

To learn more about what we’re doing in Denver, stay tuned to learn more about our grand opening event of our new Denver office, located in the heart of the Santa Fe Arts District, in the new year.