Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Voiland House

Denver experienced a good-sized growth spurt during the middle of the last century, so there is a plentiful supply of terrific mid-century modern homes in the area. (I wrote a little about that here.) The downside for a family as big as mine is that most of these homes have very few bedrooms.

When I saw this one — the Voiland House, designed by Charles Sink — had 6 bedrooms (on 1/2 acre!) we got on the phone immediately. Alas. We found out it had just gone under contract. Boo.

What do you think? Would your family enjoy living in something with stark lines like this? How many bedrooms is too few for you? Don't you love the red door and the double balconies?


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Anonymous Katherine said...

I do really like this house. There are very few of these in the area I live. I live in Kentucky, and we have a whole lot of the old fashioned colonial type homes here. Something modern like this would probably be considered "odd" by most of my neighbors, but I really like it.

I would only need 3 bedrooms (2 if the boys share) to live comfortably.

I really hate that someone found this before you, because it's quite amazing.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 1:11:00 PM EST  
Blogger Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

We have 4 bedrooms right now (2 kids, 1 master, 1 office) I really would like 1 more that could be a playroom. While I'm day dreaming about that, I'll admit a 6th would be nice too for a permanent guest room).

Love that nice big yard and the kitchen looks nice, but I think it would be a little dark for my food photography needs. The exposed wood in the dining room is really cozy looking.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 1:13:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a great house, but needs a lot of love! We looked at it a few months ago, and it really looks better in the pictures than in person. WIth a ton of money and love, this house could be incredible! Has great bones. And Applewood is a lovely little neighborhood.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 1:20:00 PM EST  
Anonymous The Violet Hours said...

This house is so right for you!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 1:33:00 PM EST  
Blogger Anna M said...

love it, actually.

I want something like that in SLC

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 1:37:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Shannon Stanbro said...

This home does need a lot of love.

All of the bedrooms, except the master, were in the basement, tiny, and felt a lot like a college dormitory. The warmth and style of the upstairs was not translated to the basement.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 1:43:00 PM EST  
Blogger heather said...

SO gorgeous!! One of those hidden gems and that amount of bedrooms would be awesome! We have 5 but use the 2 downstairs ones as a playroom and office. We're at 3 kids...any more and we'll have some rearranging to do I think! :-)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 1:53:00 PM EST  
Blogger Miggy said...

That house is great. But I like it more on the inside. As much as I love modern design, the outside is bordering on an elementary school look for me. But I could totally see your family living there...who knows, maybe the deal will fall through.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 1:58:00 PM EST  
Blogger Lei said...

I have learned that I can fit into any space pretty easily. And I can fit into any style, too. I have a love for all of them! From minimalist/modern to traditional.

I do love that red door!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 2:04:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have 8 kids (and done) and we have 5 bedrooms which is perfect. I think sharing a bedroom is an important part of childhood. But more important than bedrooms are the other rooms. We live in an old wreck of a place so there is a solarium, a library, a basement playroom with stone fireplace, a warren of maids' rooms in the attic (but where are the maids?)... lots of rooms, all of which provide a place to find a quiet spot. When searching for our forever house, I really cared less about the bedroom count and more the room count (and the land count).

I found ours. You'll find yours.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 2:07:00 PM EST  
Anonymous lesley said...

I love it, but I have flat roof love! I'm one of those people that bought a tiny mid-mod and did an addition. And I only have one kiddo!

Good luck on the search.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 2:12:00 PM EST  
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 2:16:00 PM EST  
Blogger Design Mom said...

Loving all the feedback. Thank you.

And I'm so glad that at least two of you have actually seen the house. Because it was under contract, we didn't take a tour.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 2:39:00 PM EST  
Blogger Becca said...

Ah, love love love it.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 2:44:00 PM EST  
Blogger mandi said...

i'm more of a less is more kinda gal when it comes to homes. we currently live in a 1600 sq. foot home, with 2 kids. they share a room. we have a back porch turned into a utility/mud/sewing/office/pantry room.then a kitchen, living room and dining room. 2 bedrooms and 2 baths (we built the second one in an alcove in the dining room). i could see housing maybe 2 more kids here. i have a friend with 10 kids. they lived in a 2 bedroom house up to their 6th child!!! can you believe that? 3 sets of bunk beds : ). any time i think i'd like more space, i think of her!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 7:06:00 PM EST  
Blogger Emily said...

These homes are so neato - I thought I'd plug a friend who's a fabulous photographer who moved to Denver a few years ago from Baltimore, where we met. She lives in Arapahoe Acres and has taken some lovely shots of homes in the neighborhood and even organized an A.A. home and garden tour back in October. Here's the link to all the posts in the A.A. category if you want some more pics to drool over and inspire you! :) Good luck finding a house for your (good-sized) family! ;)

Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 12:10:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Dianna@DecorMadeSimple said...

The exterior of the house is too stark, it looks like the inside warms up very nicely.

Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 10:45:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Yolanda said...

That looks simply wonderful! Our children (6) are all grown now, but I am certain we would have enjoyed that house.

Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 2:47:00 PM EST  
Blogger Beth said...

So sorry you missed that one! Hopefully there will be another, even better, soon!

Friday, February 26, 2010 at 5:32:00 PM EST  

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