Before it was one of Denver’s most desirable neighborhoods, Park Hill was farmland and this house was a two-bedroom cottage sitting in the fields. As the city grew around it the house grew too, with a primary bedroom suite in a new wing and mature landscaping.
As the current owners looked forward to grown children visiting with grandchildren, they realized that the small bedrooms and bathroom in the oldest part of the house wouldn’t be the most inviting guest quarters.
The house was built before the urban street grid extended into the neighborhood, and then the streets were laid out the alley landed right along the west side of the house.
This limited the space available for an addition, but a small bump-out to the south created enough space to reconfigure the existing two bedrooms and single bath into a guest suite and two powder rooms that provide each bedroom with its own private toilet room, and shared tub/shower room.
The larger of the two bedrooms has enough room to provide a comfortable space for a couple to enjoy an extended stay, with a work area and a private patio.
The living room had a pair of glass doors opening on to the porch, but when they were open they made moving around on the porch difficult and left the living room without enough spaces for furniture.
Replacing the doors with a bay window and single door improved the porch circulation and made the living room a more comfortable space.