On one of the most idyllic roads of Fort Collins, CO a 1,500 square-foot farmhouse stood waiting to have the proper people to renovate it. Over the years, the home had been remodeled on a small scale several times by previous owners making it feel disjointed and even smaller than it was. That’s when Annie and Jordan Obermann of Forge + Bow Dwellings were brought on to transform it to its greatest potential.
“The original architecture reminded us of classic colonial farmhouses,” the designers said. “So to honor that, we knew we needed to stay in that lane, however, we wanted to take a different spin on today’s popular modern farmhouses. We landed on a Luxe Farmhouse: simple and basic to its core, however, layered with classic details that both honored the age of the home, but gave it a luxurious feel. It is important that our designs never feel pretentious, so even though luxury was important, lived-in and welcoming are woven into the character of the house.” Over the next two years, Annie and Jordan meticulously restored the home and expanded it to 3,800 square-feet.
One of the key ingredients for creating that blend of historical, luxurious, and welcoming was the millwork and trim. They hired several millworkers and carpenters, including Ben Mecham and their in-house carpentry team, as well as Jeremiah Sailer with Sailer Custom Carpentry, to create architectural elements such as the transom space dividers in the living area. “We landed on a beefed-up trim package that leaned more elegant than farmhouse,” Annie and Jordan shared.
Forge + Bow wanted to be sure to include elements that felt special rather than expected. ”We really wanted to blend modern stylings that were classic in nature, with some restored pieces that gave the space depth and a bit more of a curated feel,” they explained. On the restored side, one of the “crown jewels” was a vintage soapstone utility sink in the laundry room that they had brought back to life.
On the modern-yet-classic side, the designers decided to take a risk with color. “Though we have done a lot of monochrome painting before, we hadn’t attempted such a dark, moody kitchen and wall color, especially without direct natural light,” they said. “After installing the cabinets and completing our final paint walk, we definitely had a gut check to see if we’d continue with the dark blue paint on all the walls and trim. We had the painters literally paint wall by wall. It pushed us, but great design stretches you.”
Room to room, the home feels like a cohesive whole that has been given a timeless design. From the classic trim to the selection of materials and color palette, one would be hard-pressed to tell if this home was built in this century or the last.