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Design Guide: Embracing Form & Function of Mid Century Modern

So you’ve got your heart set on a mid century modern remodel? Maybe you have a mid century split level home, or perhaps you have a few pieces of furniture or art you find inspiring. No matter what your influences are, we are here to give you a guide to mid century modern design. We will talk about some of the critical features of mid century modern design and let you know how Factor Design Build can help with a remodel to create the mid century modern home of your dreams.

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Tips For Winterizing Your Colorado Home

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Denver is in for some crazy winter weather full of ups and downs. Whether you believe in the power of the Almanac’s abilities in meteorology or not, it’s important to make sure your home is prepared for winter. Freezing and thawing can wreak havoc on both modern and historic homes. What are some of the best ways to winterize?

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Create Style and Beauty in Any Space With the Addition of a Fireplace

Adding a fireplace to your home adds warmth and coziness to your home and outdoor spaces. Especially in cold Colorado winters, a fireplace adds style and interest to any space, while the energy efficient warmth of a gas or wood-burning fireplace gives the whole family something to gather around and enjoy a nice night in.

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Factor named 5280 Home of the Year

Modern Design combined with Traditional Features transformed this Cheesman Park estate

 

 

At Factor Design Build, one of our biggest passions is to breathe new life into an old home. And that is just what we did with a Cheeseman Park estate this last year. We were thrilled to learn that 5280 Magazine loved the completed project so much they gave us the award of 2018 Home of the Year: Traditional. Check out the feature article complete with photos.

In the highlighted project, Factor Design Build teamed up with interior designer Beth Armijo to completely renovate this 8,000 square foot estate. Built in 1912, this Italian Renaissance-style home had shockingly only housed three families in the last 100+ years. But in those years, homeowners completed a number of DIY renovations and other updates that were not consistent with the period of the home. The 5280 articles jokes,

“her third level, last updated in 1972 [was] every bit the Brady Bunch set sprung to life.”

What did we have to do to turn over 100 years worth of aging into a functional, beautiful, family-friendly space? To start, the design build team took the home mostly down to the studs. For such an old house, it had a surprisingly open layout. In fact, one living space was so large, the family even decided to split it into two areas that were more comfortable.

After reimagining the floor plan, the team brought in more light with new windows, brought in updated plumbing and electrical, and modern heating and cooling. The team updated flooring, in some cases using Italian marble for a stately look. Once many of these essentials were in place, the team had the challenge of creating finishings that matched the existing, true-to-period 

finishings. Matching these details took incredible attention to detail, and our woodworking team knocked it out of the park. They made sure original and new components matched seamlessly.

One of the most stunning features of the renovation was the addition of pocket doors that echoed the design of the original, historical windows behind them. The team commented that this was quite the feat since the custom-made doors were 1,000 pounds each and 10 feet tall. Nonetheless, the effect was beautiful. Now where there was once one overwhelming living space, there are now two cozy spaces separated by pocket doors with custom glass matching the window silhouettes. This allows the areas to be as connected or closed off as the homeowners want them to be.

Other details that stayed true to the period were the clawfoot tub in the master bath, custom radiator covers, and reuse of the existing crystal chandelier. This chandelier had previously hung in the dining room and had 10,000 crystals that needed cleaning. After each crystal was carefully cleaned and the home was completed, the design team placed the chandelier in the entryway of the house.

Interior designer, Beth Armijo, took our vision to the end with clean, modern design. She used many of the families existing pieces and adding elements that flowed from room to room. You can see more of the exquisite interior design in the photographs in the 5280 article.

For a family needing to take this well-loved and outdated home and turn it into a functional and warm space that suited everyone, a renovation from Factor was just what they needed. We are so thankful that the homeowners, and 5280 Magazine, appreciates the work and we were honored to be a part of such a significant project. If you have a renovation project that would benefit from the seamless teamwork of the Factor Design Build team, please contact us today.

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7 Key Considerations for When You Want to Remodel Your Home

If your home is starting to feel too small or if the layout doesn’t fit your lifestyle anymore, you may start considering a home remodel. Remodeling your home is a big decision and there are a variety of considerations to consider before taking the leap. Here is a guide of questions to ask yourself to help decide if a remodel is right for your house and your family. Read more

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9 Signs It’s Time for a Bathroom Remodel

Is it time to remodel or redesign your bathroom? Learn the tell-tale signs that your bathroom is no longer functional and outdated.

 

Are your bathroom design and features outdated? Is the space and storage no longer functional for your family’s needs? It might be time to consider some updates or even a full remodel but first you want to ensure you are making the right decisions. If you notice any of these 9 tell-tale signs, it’s time to talk to a professional.  

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Adding A Second Story Pop Top

When Considering an Addition to Your Home, Look Up!

Building upward with a custom design for a second story pop top could be your best option if you need more space. Consider a pop top if you love your home and your existing neighborhood, and really have no desire to move, but need more room. Whether your family is growing or you need a home office, sometimes adding on horizontally, isn’t possible.

Whether your home is fairly new, or you have an older historical home, if the foundation is solid and the structure has great bones, the designers at Factor Design Build can find the perfect solution for you. We specialize in custom home additions in the Denver area.

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Remodeling A Historic Home:  Combining Elegance and Functionality

Historic homes possess a certain grace and sturdiness that is sometimes hard to find in a modern home. From solid building materials to intricately carved details, the elegance of a historic home is hard to match. Historic homes are not a clean slate, and turning an older home into something that you love takes a keen eye for design and an experienced construction team.

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Tips for Planning a Successful Home Addition or Remodel

Making the decision to remodel or add on to your home can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. But never fear, Factor Design Build is here to help you every step of the way. Here are 9 tips from our experts to get you started.

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Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Features Factor’s Impactful Work on a Forever Family Home in Golden

Factor Design Build Featured in Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine

The Factor Design Build team was proudly featured in Colorado’s leading home design and interior decorating resource, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles in an article entitled, “A Fateful Family Home in Golden.” The piece highlights Factor’s expansive renovation work on a mid-century style house in Golden’s Applewood neighborhood. The homeowners decided to make the move from their well-loved spot in Denver’s Highlands neighborhood upon discovering their family would grow from four to five in the coming year.

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Design Tips for Bathrooms of Every Size  

From Small Powder Room to Luxurious Master Bath: Design Tips for Every Bathroom in Your Home

Depending on when your home was built, if you’ve remodeled, or the layout of your house, bathroom sizes can vary wildly. But whether you’re looking to maximize space, create openness, or capture the feeling of a luxurious spa, these expert design tips  make your bathroom beautiful and functional, whatever its size.

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Four Reasons Why Remodeling Now Makes More Sense in the Long Run

Four Reasons Why Remodeling Now Makes More Sense in the Long Run

Investing in a remodel is a venture that benefits your quality of life for many years to come. From simple, money saving upgrades and layout refinements to full-fledged additions, there are a variety of avenues to pursue when embarking on a remodel. While it may seem like a lot of work on the front end, keep in mind these reasons why remodeling your house now makes more sense in the long run.

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4 Key Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering Building a Home Addition

After much research, you’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time to start planning your home addition. When everything is said and done, adding onto your house will give you more space, improve your quality of life, and enhance the resale value of your property. Before moving forward with your home addition project, consider these key questions.

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5280 Features Denver’s Premier Design-Build Firm in Recent Article

Factor Design Build is Featured in Denver’s 5280 Magazine

Factor Design Build was recently featured in the iconic Denver-based 5280 Magazine in an article titled, “The 5280 Home Guide To Denver’s Renovation Scene.” Highlighting Factor Design Build co-founder and CEO Josh Fiester, the article details the nuances of a recent home renovation done in collaboration with Boulder’s Studio 119. This project is centered on the modernization and expansion of a charming 1987 Craftsman kitchen, home to a growing family of five.

As the heart of your home, kitchens are always a rewarding project and a great place to start when updating your living space. The design-build specialists at Factor Design Build offer one-stop shopping for your entire remodel project including complete design and construction services overseen by staff project managers and lead carpenters.

In this 5280 Magazine feature, Fiester provides a rundown of the highly personalized design elements that make this downtown Boulder space an ideal renovation. The renovation is one of a kind and Fiester notes that some of the smartest design moves are strategically positioned out of sight—the microwave can be found in a drawer island, outlets are located on the bottoms of raised cabinets and USB ports are tucked into top drawers, awaiting drained devices.

Driven by the homeowners’ vision, this Factor Design Build remodel features two contrasting yet complementary tile choices for the kitchen backsplash. Above the main countertop and sink area, the design team chose a dark gray Capriccio tile backsplash from Ann Sacks. The design then leads to frosted glass cabinets followed by a catch-all “drop zone” backed by white Carrara marble. Hailing from the historic quarries of northwest Tuscany, Italy, Carrara marble is world famous and enhances the appeal and resale value of any space.

The article also highlights some of the finer touches that showcase the attention to detail Factor Design Build is known for. Take, for example, the black-painted wood paneling on the seating side of the kitchen island. A stately dark contrast to the shiny white countertops, its color will help it withstand marks that future years of swinging feet will bring.

Factor Design Build is a customer focused design-build firm with over 30 years of experience in the Denver metro and Boulder areas. A full-service firm comprised of skilled contractors and inspired designers, you can trust every detail of your remodel to Factor Design Build team. Remodels aren’t always easy and at Factor Design Build we support our clients as they invest in lifestyle changes.

As passionate professionals, it’s our duty to bring you contractors, project managers, carpenters, and designers who ensure your vision is being carried out no matter what. Our collaborative, family-oriented firm is comprised of design staff, architects, construction personnel and trade partners, all working toward the same objective of creating a seamless experience. The professionals at Factor Design Build share your goals and our focus is a functional, productive partnership as we bring your vision to life.

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4 Things to Consider Before Remodeling a Historic Home

Historic homes are known for their rich history and charming character. They may have unique design elements and interesting details that are irreplaceable, like long, winding staircases with hand-crafted handrails and big, dreamy porches with high ceilings and wide floorboards. However, this character often comes with hidden challenges, especially when you’re remodeling a home that may be more than 100 years old. If you’re thinking about a historic home remodel, here are four things to consider before you start.

1. Check your city’s historic home requirements.

Depending on where you live, your city or county may have extensive rules and regulations about remodeling historic homes. Start your research here first.

Find out how your property is classified, and what changes you will be able to make to the home. Depending on your home’s age, location, and history, it may be designated as a “landmark,” or it may just be in a historic district. Either way, this is critical in planning your home renovation. The property designation and city requirements will help shape the boundaries for your renovation.

Once you have hired  a team of professionals with historic home renovation experience, find out if they’ve had experience working with the city or county where you’re located. They’ll need to navigate the city’s design review process, and if they’ve worked there before, it will make it easier to navigate your project within the city’s rules.

Check your city’s historic building rules here:

2. Check Your Home for Any Structural Issues

Structural issues are common in historic homes  and can be very costly to fix.The foundation may have corrosion, moisture damage, or an uneven slab. To find out if your home has structural issues, look for cracks in the foundation. If you see stair-step cracks or vertical cracks, you may have a structural problem. Consult a Structural Engineer if needed.

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3. Check Your Home’s Plumbing and Electrical Systems

In historic homes, the electrical wiring and plumbing may need major upgrades. Find out the age of the plumbing system, and find out what materials were used for the pipes. Different kinds of pipes last longer than others. Brass and copper pipes usually last 50 years or more, whereas steel pipes may only last for 20 years. Depending on the kind of pipes your home has, you may need to upgrade so that a pipe doesn’t break and cause major damage. Also, make sure you check for roots in your plumbing system. Root damage can wreak major havoc if undetected.

Similarly to the plumbing, the electrical system also has a limited lifespan. Most historic homes have wiring that’s unsafe due to the wire’s insulation. The insulation is only estimated to last 70 years, whereas modern wiring should last at least 100 years.

4. Estimate Asbestos Removal for a Historic Home Remodel

Another problem area in remodeling a historic home is managing the asbestos removal. Almost all homes built or renovated in the 1940s through the late 1970s have some amount of asbestos in the insulation, or in other building materials, according to This Old House.

The costs associated with asbestos abatement vary greatly, depending on the home’s size, and difficulty to remove the asbestos. Either way, this is an important issue and cost to understand early in the process.  

Now that you know a few of the potential issues with a historic homeremodel, let us know if you’d like to learn more about how Factor Design Build can bring your historic home back to life.

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Before and After: 9 Changes that Transformed this Family’s Home

Boulder professionals approached Factor Design Build about remodeling their North Boulder home to improve the lifestyle of their family of five. The residence’s overall design aesthetic was dated and tired, space in the kitchen and two upstairs bathrooms wasn’t being utilized to its fullest capacity, and poor construction of the sunroom made it an unusable space.

 

Before

Kitchen
The kitchen was too cramped, preventing two people from working simultaneously within the allotted space. The center island was too small, so the couple and their three daughters could not sit down to eat together, and limited drawer space was not enough to keep up with the needs of the large family. The kitchen’s constricted layout also limited access to the family’s gorgeous backyard and patio space.

 

Kids’ Shared Bathroom
All three girls shared one bathroom. Interior dividing walls made it so the bathroom couldn’t hold two of them comfortably, let alone all of their stuff.

Master Bath
The master bathroom was also a constricted space. The toilet did not have its own separate room, the bathtub in the rear of the space closed off any extra functionality, and the finishes were outdated and unwelcoming.

Sunroom
The sunroom was too cold in winter and too hot in summer, making it an impractical space for the family to enjoy.

 

After

Kitchen
We worked with the homeowners and our in-house design team to create an inspired space that fit within the family’s budget to enrich their quality of life at home. We totally redesigned the kitchen from the ground up. We added a 12-foot-long island to accommodate the whole family and installed a new wet bar. To minimize clutter, we opened up multiple unique work spaces and added a custom walnut display wall for the kids to hang their artwork. Finally, we updated all the finishes, such as antique brass pendant lighting, customized butcher block and Ultracraft cabinetry, to match the homeowners’ taste and style.

 

Kids’ Shared Bathroom
Our goal was to make the kids’ bathroom light and full of color. We removed the old tub and replaced it with an oversized shower, complete with plenty of nooks and storage space. We omitted some interior walls in order to install an oversized vanity, ensuring plenty of cabinet space so the counter could remain clutter-free. We hung a long custom-framed mirror above the vanity. We selected a durable floral patterned tile that sets the tone for this fun space! Anthropologie mint-colored cabinet knobs round out the space with a welcome pop of color.

 

Master Bath
The master bath was adjacent to sorely underutilized office space, so we incorporated some of the excess space to make the master bath a more functional room. We added a large shared vanity and freestanding tub to allow a more comfortable space. We installed herringbone tiled floors and rift-cut oak cabinets to create a brighter and more attractive interior.

 

Sunroom
To maximize the usability of this space, we enclosed the ceiling of the sunroom and added two new remote-controlled skylights. We also replaced all the old windows and sliding doors, making the room more energy efficient and improving the aesthetics of the space. Finally, we installed West Elm pendant lights to complement the natural light within the space.