Cool Chop Shop
An old bike shop is revved up into a vibrant home.
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Grease and graffiti couldn’t stop Beko and Bill Gian from transforming a grubby Denver motorcycle chop shop into a masterpiece. The heavy machinery and roaring motorcycles are long gone. Today the downtown shop features open spaces and Bill's artworks.
Outside, the Gian home has a raw, industrial look with metal screens covering the windows. Inside, the open floor plan is tied together with the unifying theme of Bill's art pieces. The colorful gallery kitchen also features larger-than-life artworks.
It took a lot of sanding to remove the grease stains from the hardwood floors, but the original front showroom is now Bill's art gallery. They turned the bike shop's office into a master bedroom — is one of the few spaces in the home that has walls and a door. The "backyard" features a sculpture garden. Bill crafted the metal pieces on the fence and the whole family got involved in painting the works.
Incorporating the oil-stained wood floors and window bars into the design was one of their toughest tasks. They spent weeks scraping away paint layers and hand grinding brick walls.
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