Designer's Challenge

A Denver couple merges his and hers, old and new, in a 1960s Sloan's Lake ranch.

September 2005

The house was boarded up with plywood, sitting empty and gutted for two years.

"Why doesn't anyone else see the potential?" Andrea Monath Schumacher's husband, Jesse, asked, staring into the window. "This is it."

Andrea, an interior designer, was no stranger to working under pressure and creating something out of nothing-but the lonely ranch-shaped shell of a house seemed like a whole lot of nothing to her. Its biggest pro was also its largest con: The structure was a blank slate. And though the couple was eager to create a space that was "theirs" (they'd previously lived in "her" house in Boulder before they married), the job of transforming the home seemed enormous.