2017 Virginia Village Mid-Century Modern Home Tour - July 16th!

Home portraits by Christian Musselman Illustration

Home portraits by Christian Musselman Illustration

Krisana Park will be part of the Virginia Village Mid Century Modern Home Tour on July 16, 2017 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm! Planned as a celebration of the recently acquired Conservation Overlay District, the tour features seven homes, including a lovingly-preserved gem, sensitive remodels (one of which recently appeared on the cover of Atomic Ranch magazine), and a new build that was inspired by Mid Century Modern Architecture.

Proceeds from the tour will benefit Ellis Elementary School at 1651 S. Dahlia St and will be used to purchase technology and other learning aids for students.

The tour will start at Ellis Elementary, where guests will pick up/purchase tickets and a tour map, refreshments, and commemorative merchandise. All of the homes featured on the tour are within walking distance of Ellis Elementary.

Get your tickets here:  https://goo.gl/QbXM9Q

Interested to learn more? Please contact Pamela Walshe for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!

Interested in sponsoring this event? Download the form below: 

Sponsorship Opportunities Form

Seeking MCM Homes to Showcase for July 2017 Home Tour

Inspired by our recent achievement of passing the Conservation Overlay District of Krisana Park, we’d like to celebrate with a home tour to showcase the unique architectural details that give our neighborhood its charm, and to highlight the importance of preservation at a time of unprecedented growth in Denver. 

We are seeking six to eight homeowners to participate as hosts in a July 2017 home tour. We are looking for a diverse collection of homes with original architectural detail, modern enhancements, and interesting interiors inspired by Mid Century Modern (MCM) design. 

Our own Ellis Elementary School will be a beneficiary of this event.

Interested to learn more? Please contact Pamela Walshe for more information about the submission and selection process. We look forward to hearing from you!

KP House Detail Photos by ModMidMod on Flickr

KP House Detail Photos by ModMidMod on Flickr

Krisana Park Roofs

Example of a TPO Roof installed over a new addition

The low slope roofs of Krisana Park are fairly expensive compared to conventional asphalt shingle roofs.  The good news is that membranes have improved a lot over the last couple of decades.  When installed properly, both EPDM and TPO can last a very long time. They are flexible and don’t crack or become brittle as the crazy strong sun here in CO tries to break everything down.  Also, they can handle expansion and contraction as they heat up and cool down each day, are buffeted by winds, or hammered by hail. 

Good good strong TPO membrane example

Good good strong TPO membrane example


The additional challenges, as others have noted, is that there is nothing under the old insulation, so a lot of old debris will inevitably fall into your home once it is stripped off.  As an architect, what I notice is that the nice existing thin fascia (2x6 or 2x8 redwood roof edge) won’t hold all the insulation that is now required by code (sometimes only enforced for new construction).  So beware that you might end up with a much thicker looking new roof on your house! 


If you go with more expensive high density insulation (poly-iso or polyurethane), you can get somewhat close to the old overall thickness, but it will still grow in depth by an inch or so.


For a good 60mil heavy duty membrane, new higher quality insulation (EPS is not good – it can absorb water), a walk board for protecting the insulation, new roof edges/fascia, gutters and downspouts, etc., you are definitely going to be over 20k.


Roofworx did a great job with a white TPO for our house. A white roof will last a little longer and provide some energy savings if you use air conditioning, however as we are heating more than cooling here in Denver throughout a typical year the savings won’t be that substantial. 


Example of electrical conduit being installed for light fixtures before roof insulation goes down

What have your experiences been?  Many of the roofs are still using the older materials of Bitumen and Built-up techniques.  How have these help up if you have replaced one recently?