Surrounded by century-old homes in the Sunnyside neighborhood in northwest Denver, an 1800s-era building sat in disrepair for decades before receiving a major upgrade from architecture firm Design Platform, LLC. The 700-square-foot structure, with a main floor and bedroom loft, originally functioned as a blacksmith shop for the initial owner who worked and lived out of the now-historic building.
The Denver-based architectural firm kept the original layout but had a lot of work to do on the space — they arrived to a dirt floor, missing windows, and no electricity.
Sunnyside has experienced a vast transformation over the past few years with neighbors buying vacant properties and rebuilding the burgeoning area. It was important for the clients — advocates for protecting and preserving older structures in the area — to preserve the history of the home. Thanks to their efforts, a derelict building now has a second life.