Small Denver Lot Transforms Into A Bright City Oasis

House Details

Style: Modern

Produced By: Caren Kurlander

Photography: Ron Ruscio

Interior Design: Eric Mandil and Sean Hughes, Mandil Inc.

Architecture: Brian Ojala, Entasis Group

Home Builder: Aaron Ojala, Entasis Group

Landscape Architecture: Troy Shimp, Lifescape


ood architecture turns limitations into opportunities.

Such is the case with the bright and airy dwelling that architect Brian Ojala designed for empty nesters on a tight urban lot in Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood. “You’re not walled up anywhere in the house,” Ojala explains. “Every space has a relief to the outside where there is a private grotto.”

Eric Mandil and Sean Hughes designed the fixed finishes of the interior, using texture and sheen to add sophistication to the marble-clad walls and complementary tile floors. “Even though the house is sleek,” Hughes explains, “there are many warm and cozy elements that balance out the stark contemporary language.”

The owners are thrilled with their new dwelling and can often be found lounging around the pool and fire pit just off of the living room. “We were so blessed to have a great architect and interior designers,” the wife explains. “This experience was uplifting and enjoyable every single step of the way.”