Classic Homeworks honors the past while creating the future

Established in 1985, Classic Homeworks is a full-service design/build remodeling firm, specializing in the renovation of 100+ year homes in central Denver. One of its latest projects happens to be one the nicest Denver Square homes it has worked on.

“The home was really well taken care of. It faces a park and was previously remodeled, but the kitchen was done by a fix and flip type of company and it just didn’t fit with the rest of the house,” says Design and Operations Manager Paul Fread.

After initial visits with the homeowners to learn about their big picture vision that entailed changes to the main and upper levels, Paul helped everyone land on an ideal floor plan and feasible budget. Then Classic Homeworks’ Field Team got to work. The team wanted to keep the original charm of this historical home in Denver’s Highland neighborhood while updating the kitchen, upstairs bathroom, master bedroom and master suite.


The idea was to create a historic, classic, white kitchen and mudroom with marbled countertops that blended into the rest of the home. An existing doorway was shifted from the dining room to the kitchen, and then the kitchen to the mudroom entryway was pushed a few feet. This shifting allowed for a new fridge and cabinets to be installed along a wall that previously housed awkwardly shallow cabinets. It opened up additional counter space and an extra row of cabinets was added for storage above. The mudroom brings kitchen functionality into the space with cabinets and a coffee bar.


The room was reconfigured by altering the entry doorway in order to turn a regular bedroom into a master suite. An existing closet was walled off and given to the bedroom next door. The floor was refinished and the room received a new coat of paint. A door to the new walk-thru bathroom was also created.


This newly built walk-thru bathroom helped to connect the master bedroom with the closet and laundry room. Marble herringbone patterned floor tile compliments the glass shower enclosure. The vanity cabinet came complete with marble top and sinks a la furniture style via Restoration Hardware. Instead of knocking out the wall to construct an outside window, Classic Homeworks installed a transom window above the doorway, which brought in light from the existing window located in the closet.


In keeping with the clean, classic feel, this bathroom received a refreshing facelift. A new claw foot pedestal tub was purchased, the glass block window was replaced with frosted glass and fixtures were upgraded. Old tile was swapped out with mosaic hex tile complete with a custom perimeter tiled border.

Working within the existing structure, every detail was thought out during the design process and the end result is simply stunning. Now the whole house gives off the same feel and nothing seems out of place. Because of its beauty and attention to detail, this project won 1st place in the 2015 C.A.R.E. Awards for a Historic Remodel.

The Details:

3430 E. 12th Avenue