Living Smaller in a Bungalow

On one of her daily race-walks, Virginia DuBrucq noticed a brick bungalow with an inviting courtyard.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe exterior of homeowner and architect Virginia DuBrucq home. The pop-top and addition are barely noticeable from the street. (SHNS photo by Ellen Jaskol / The Rocky Mountain News)
Still, the rest of the house — two bedrooms, kitchen, bath and study — lacked significant living space.

That changed in 1999 after six months of design and another six months of construction. The 1,250-square-foot, single-story house grew by 800 square feet: 350 on the original level and 450 in a second-floor addition. The $170,000 project, also included renovation of a 300-square-foot portion of the existing home.

"I wanted the addition to feel like it was part of the house, and I also wanted to stay small," says Virginia, who believes in the environmental benefits of "living smaller." Though she added a second story to the home, she didn't want a pop-top behemoth that would bully the neighborhood.