Interiors, Living Rooms

Home Addition in Denver: A Family Home in Black and White

I hope your Fall is bringing you some delight. The weather in the Denver area has been spectacular and, as I write this, I’m looking at our backyard packed with color – crimson, yellow, pumpkin orange, nutmeg, green and various shades of brown. I re-filled the bird feeder earlier today amid actively falling leaves. If winter didn’t follow this season, it might be my favorite. It’s also “Marching Band Season” and if you’ve been through it, you know that it can be intense. There’s not much opportunity for leaf peeping – it’s band time all the time right though the end of October. I spend a lot of time on and around football fields and I am the parent of a trombone player!

Here are some more photos from the classic white kitchen I shared on my last post. This home’s color scheme is black and white yet it’s still a comfortable family home that feels welcoming. I think a creamier white helps tone down the contrast. This white is Benjamin Moore’s White Dove. It’s my favorite white!

The Fireplace and TV wall in the Family Room (Photo by Jordan Katz for Laura Medicus Interiors)

We paneled the fireplace in tongue and groove and painted it a soft white. The fireplace surround is from a soapstone remnant. Built-in cabinets and floating shelves are from Sander & Sons in Littleton, Colorado. That is an “art” tv above the fireplace. My philosophy on televisions leans toward the practical. If you watch TV regularly, have your tv out. If you don’t, then a basement or a media room makes sense. There are some cool ways to hide televisions, but if it’s something you watch every day, why deny it?

Another view of the Family Room (Photo by Jordan Katz for Laura Medicus Interiors)

The client’s father was the architect on this project. This room is a part of the new addition we added. I love that big window to the right of the fireplace. I was at this home this past winter and saw a black fox sleeping on a neighbor’s roof in the snow!

The mudroom in the home (Photo by Jordan Katz for Laura Medicus Interiors)

The mudroom is right off the kitchen. We put one of my favorites, Montauk Black slate, on the floor in here and painted the tongue and groove a deep charcoal. The built-in white oak bench gets heavy use by the family.

Here’s an early photo of the start of the addition. West Elevations, the GC, kept the interior walled off as long as possible to let the family stay in the home for longer during this process.
I-beams in place and the cutout for the large picture window. The fireplace and built-ins will be on the left.
Drywall is up and windows are in! Note that we had the interior of the windows painted black.
Here’s the fireplace before we painted the tongue and groove and before the stone surround was installed. I think the wood looks beautiful unpainted too!

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