When architect Ryan Lloyd, his wife Valerie and their two kids moved to Colorado Springs from Portland, Oregon, they struggled to find a home that suited their cosmopolitan tastes in the neighborhoods they wanted to live in. After several years of looking without luck they came upon a foreclosure at the edge of Pleasant Valley that was cheap enough and had just enough possibility for them to see its potential. Their first bid was rejected and they thought they’d lost the home. But a month later the bank offered it to them at their original offer and then the real work began: three years of a do-it-yourself gut and remodel job that resulted in an elegant and open living space that inspires both admiration and not a little bit of jealousy.

Stay tuned next week for Part 2!

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12 Responses to Good Bones: A Spectacular Home Makeover in Pleasant Valley, Part 1

  1. Mary Ellen says:

    WOW!I want to know more about that coffee table/fire place. He glossed over it and I am still wondering what it is. Is there an ethanol tank hidden in the coffee table?

  2. Marty says:

    Inspiring! Come check out my office in Ivywild some time.

  3. Jill says:

    Can’t wait for Part 2! Amazing house, but the people that live in it are even more amazing!

  4. Howie R says:

    I’m not Better Homes & Gardens but this house looks like 3 different ideas fighting to see who will go to sleep first.

  5. Al Spheah says:

    Well…he has a Homie collection so he’s not some kinda inhuman design monster. Can you wall mount a bicycle wheel unironically now? Nice! Old pieces of old bikes n’ such may be the new driftwood!

  6. Sheri says:

    amazing, interesting, thanks, guys, for your top notch reporting

  7. Louise says:

    Congratulations on a beautiful renovation! We need more renovations of existing housing instead of letting them rot. The interior is much more than what I would expect from the exterior. Wonder how cold that glass garage door is in the winter.

  8. Tiffany says:

    I thought for a minute I was reading Dwell magazine! YAY! Great remodel…love all the reclaimed materials and clean lines. Warm, cozy AND minimal. love. Great work.

  9. Katie says:

    Wow! Such a great remodel…very impressive.

  10. Ryan says:

    Nice job, Ryan! I can’t wait to see your fireplace/coffee table in person!

  11. Dawn Sommers says:

    I love all the ways you have recycled things into your “new” home. I work at the ReStore so I got excited when you mentioned finding the countertop there. I just moved here last year and occasionaly walk by your house. The change is beautiful from the outide and I see the inside is just as nice inside too. Great job!

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