890 South Josephine Street
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The House


The original brick bungalow in 1985.

“It all began when the young owners decided they wanted to stay in their familiar and well-established neighborhood and not move to a new home. But to do that they needed more than 1175 square feet of living space. And they had to cut down the heat loss through the uninsulated walls and leaky doors and windows that made the house uncomfortably drafty and expensive to heat. The remodel, designed by Doug Walter Architects and built by Collins Construction Management, both based in Denver, provided the family with the best of both worlds—an energy-efficient 2510-square-foot nearly-new home in a neighborhood they had grown to love.”


One day in 1987, they knew they were committed to the remodel.

“Most of the additional space came from raising the roof and putting in a generously sized, light-filled master suite. Note how the roofscape repeats the gabled design to keep it in sync with the original. To solve the heat loss problem, an exterior jacket of rigid foam insulation was applied all over and covered with Dryvit, a synthetic stucco, Fiberglass insulation was added to the roof, and the doors and windows were replaced with insulated units made by Peachtree. To complete the makeover, new, light-colored Elk-brand roofing replaced dark, worn shingles.”