Renovation and Update of Home in Washington Park Denver

by Sean O'Hara on November 22, 2009

Living Room Fireplace

On Friday, we had the chance to view the recently completed Rawley home renovation in Denver’s Washington Park neighborhood. The project is a great example of a home renovation that leaves the existing shell of the home intact while making careful revisions to provide a modern home feel.

Dining Room with View To Away Room

The house is a very compact 1,500 sf. We removed many of the interior walls on the main level to allow the living room, dining area, and kitchen to flow together.

Away Room

From the first meeting, the Rawley’s asked about the possibility of having Sarah Susanka’s “away room”. We were able to convert a small addition on the house into a quiet semi-private space that doubles as the room for television watching.

Master Suite

The original house had one bathroom on the main level and two bedrooms upstairs. After the renovation we left a powder room downstairs. Upstairs we combined the space into a master suite with a bedroom, full bath and sitting area opening onto a deck facing the mountains.

Office Desk

In a compact footprint it is essential to utilize each space. The owner’s desk is tucked behind the front entry, the washer and dryer are hidden in a space carved out of the attic and the space under the stairs doubles as the powder room.

Rawley Front Elevation

This project ranks as one of my favorite small renovation projects. One of the greatest reason’s for the projects success was having a great client. Mike and Sarah were interested in designing a home that met their needs rather than falling into designing what “the market wants”. They were very involved with the decisions throughout the design and worked with Bob Hinz of HomeWrights on the construction.


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Gary Taipalus December 20, 2009 at 11:07 pm

Great job Sean!

Barb Condit November 23, 2009 at 8:32 pm

What a fabulous way to see the finished home. The openness of the downstairs is impressive as is the master suite. Here is to a job well done! Sarah and Mike, you had a vision and brought it to fruition. When I asked to see your home and color scheme…I wasn’t expecting such glamorous photos. The craftsmanship is exemplary!Barb
(another sister)

Susan Burns November 23, 2009 at 8:15 am

A beautiful home designed to fit the exact specifications of Sarah and Mike. They worked so hard to create a maximized space within this structure. A darling home in Washington Park, super neighborhood. What a treat it is to see what I have been hearing about; stage by stage this past year. I love everything!!!
(Sarah’s sister)

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