A ’70s designer dream house: The American Home of 1974

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A '70s designer dream house The American Home of 1974

A ’70s designer dream house: A compact package superbly & neatly designed

by Evan Frances, A.I.D.

Denver homemakers wanted both elegance and practicality, which guided our choices of materials. Surfaces are hardy; upholstery fabrics, special-treated for stain resistance; wallpapers, wipeable.

Our “House of the Year” is basically one-story, but there’s also a library/guest room tucked above the dining room (see floor plan).

A '70s designer dream house The American Home of 1974

You enter the house through the front door, painted an unforgettable bright blue, outside and in. You stand on cool, dark ceramic tile that has the sleek look of polished leather.

Plants beckon at every turn, for our inviting entry is at the very heart of the house. Immediately accessible (seen from left, above) are dining, family and living rooms. The latter features a game table and velvet-upholstered swivel chairs.

Hall (not shown) leads to separate bedroom wing — a request of our panel.

A '70s designer dream house - The American Home of 1974

Man-made “stone” fireplace gives focus to family room. Carpeting is spill-proof acrylic. Sofa at right opens to a queen-size bed. Stairs lead up to library/guest room.

White walls and tiers of white sheer curtains create a setting for Mediterranean-style furnishing in the dining room. Oriental-pattern rug exposes parquet floor.

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The American Home of 1974 had a kitchen every woman wanted

Our “House of the Year” kitchen complex includes breakfast nook, laundry and powder room.

The kitchen itself — designed around and island cooktop, with two wall ovens only one step away — is master-planned from top to bottom, with acoustical ceiling tile, diffused lighting from two recessed panels and vinyl flooring.

A '70s designer dream house: The American Home of 1974

Cozy breakfast nook (right) has pedestal table with circular butcher-block top and white-painted cane-seat bentwood chairs. Sliding glass doors let in daylight and provide access to covered patio.

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Kitchen (below) has satin-finished wood cabinets and close-to-indestructible marble-look countertops. Above planning desk at far right is home base for intercom system (not shown).

A '70s designer dream house The American Home of 1974

Silvery graffiti-enlivened wallpaper in powder room (above) cues choice of towels in vivid orange, yellow, black and brown. Integrated washbowl and surround are super stain- and damage-resistant.


Rooms with versatility — for living, for entertaining

Our library/guest room (above) can be a quiet upstairs hideaway for relaxing and reading, or when the handsome modular furniture is rearranged, a retreat that sleeps three.

The living room, with its dark ceiling beans and rich oak-veneer paneling (opposite), is designed as the natural gathering spot when you are having friends over.

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Draperies and cafe curtains in brilliant orange create a magnificent window wall in living room (right) without shutting out light or view. Shades are white with stripes in complementary colors. Elongated sofa is in soft-textured velvet, side chairs in resilient Naugahyde.

A '70s designer dream house The American Home of 1974


Super comfort & convenience for everyone

Working closely with Dale Miller and Dick Clark of Home Designers, Inc., we considered every feature asked for by our Denver women panelists.

Among their requests incorporated into our American Home of 1974: one bathroom divided into three separate parts for simultaneous use; carpeting on floors and ceramic tile on walls of bathrooms; decorative and privacy-producing window shades throughout; easy-to-maintain flooring in children’s rooms; carpeting in the master bedroom — plus an irresistibly comfortable chair.

Girl’s room (below) has charming tile-effect vinyl flooring. Country French-style furniture, in an add-on arrangement, can expand with a child’s needs.

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A '70s designer dream house The American Home of 1974

Master bath (left, top) features deep (steeping-bath) tub, bidet (not shown) and extra-big sink with special shampoo spray.

Shower and tub in three-section bath (left, center) are part of one-piece Fiberglas unit that can be installed either before or after your house is built. Lavatory of three-section bath (left) has subtle recessed lighting.

A '70s designer dream house The American Home of 1974

Sumptuous master bedroom (above) in the American Home of 1974 has serenely Oriental touches. Damask bedspread coordinates with draperies, canopy and wall covering. Boy’s room (left) has two trundle beds to sleep three guests.

Walls of Masonite (dark) and vinyl-coated wallpaper (pale) — and flooring of cork-effect cushioned vinyl — are enduring assets, as is scratch resistant “Denim” vinyl on chest fronts.

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