Shop Visit: New Collar Goods

 

We recently dropped behind the scenes of New Collar Goods, a Southwest Denver based furniture studio.

Led by husband and wife duo, Deana and Jon, New Collar Goods design and build custom furniture for the home with a clear dedication to craft. Their objects are strikingly minimal in design yet technical in execution.  This team relies on both new and age-old tools of the trade to combine backgrounds in graphic design and home furnishing to design and build pieces that bring furniture to the level of art.

During our time together, Jon noted the long line of industrial crafts and manufacturing shops residing in town. Jon and Deana are only adding to this legacy.  They exemplify many of the values that inspires us about architecture, not least of which is having fun. Keep an eye on this team. We are honored to have them as neighbors and look forward to finding opportunities to collaborate with them in the near future.

 

re:Denver Accessory What?

Did you know that the neighborhood of Curtis Park in Denver shares a special relationship with ADUs that stretches far back? 

Historically, well-to-do home owners in Curtis Park traveled around Denver’s then unpaved street in carriages.  A special structure on the property known as a “carriage house” housed not only the carriage but the families horses and often the coffer as well.  The abundance of this precursor to modern-day ADU in Curtis Park has made the neighborhood a leading example of how neighbors can come together to realize an exciting new residential fabric in their city. The Curtis Park neighborhood has been one of the leading voices in pushing to allow for ADUs prior to the 2010 changes to the Denver Zoning Code, and they continue to find innovative ways to expand that opportunity.  Recently the neighborhood elected to adopt an overlay which eases some of the size restrictions regarding ADUs. With this embedded track record, the neighborhood is now home to a growing number of ADUs.

In acknowledgement, the folks behind re:Denver, a public forum exploring Denver’s new urban paradigm, organized an ADU home tour in the Curtis Park neighborhood this past month.

With so much pent-up interest in ADUs, a large group of Denver locals hit the streets to explore different types of ADUs in the Curtis Park neighborhood, ranging from a historic carriage house renovation to a newly constructed ADU to a conversion. The event brought awesome exposure to the ADU movement and really demonstrated how different individuals, organizations, and institutions are coming together to recognize and help realize the many benefits that ADUs can bring to the city of Denver.