'Raise the Roof' Historic Home Makeovers You Have to See to Believe

Check out the amazing transformations from DIY's new show Raise the Roof, where Denver contractor Keith Nylund takes historic homes up a literal notch by popping off the roofs and doubling, even tripling their size. 

By: Jessica Galliart
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Would you believe this was once a single-story home? Click through for a sneak peek at amazing before-and-after images of the homes Denver contractor Keith Nylund creates literal stories from. 

BEFORE: Single-Story Denver Bungalow

Contractor Keith Nylund is always on the lookout for historical gems around Denver that could use an upgrade. How high can he take this classic, red brick 1910 bungalow? 

AFTER: Two-Plus Story Denver Dream Home

Keith and his crew added TWO entire floors to this former bungalow and modernized its entire layout and design to meet current Denver home buyers' expectations. 

AFTER: Two-Plus Story Denver Dream Home

In back, the added height and square footage create an even more private and cozy outdoor space. 

BEFORE: Kitchen

Full gut job alert! The former kitchen needed a serious dose of style and some basic upgrades. 

AFTER: Kitchen

Keith brought quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and a rich gray color scheme into the kitchen for a much more modern vibe. 

Demo Time

Keith Nylund gets down and dirty with demo himself on most of his renovation jobs. 

BEFORE: Living Room

While fireplaces are definitely a draw for home buyers, the one in the bungalow's front room wasn't much of a point of interest. Not to mention the outdated glass block windows surrounding it.  

AFTER: Living Room

Fresh brick and a new mantle keep the home's historical significance and appeal in tact without compromising on home buyers' desires for fresh, modern finishes. 

AFTER: Living Room

Keith opened up the archways separating the living room from the dining room to create a clean line from the front of the house all the way to the family room and kitchen in back. Painting the trim gray throughout also lightened up the first floor significantly. 

AFTER: Bathroom

Quality finishes and vibes of luxury in master bathrooms are a major draw for home buyers. This one fits the bill and is consistent with the design throughout the home. 

AFTER: Grand Staircase

When you add multiple floors to a formerly single-story home, the staircase had better be impressive. Wood steps and a distinctive railing make this entry up to the second floor a perfect focal point. 

AFTER: The Loft

And at the top of those stairs: a bonus loft! 

AFTER: The Loft

The top half-story loft features distinctive windows on either side of the home with a sitting area that allows for a perfect Rocky Mountain view. 

AFTER: The Loft

The opposite side of the loft is a perfect spot for a play area for kids. 

BEFORE: Craftsman Bungalow

There are lots of things to love about this 100-year-old Craftsman in an up-and-coming Denver neighborhood. But because its lack of square footage proved challenging for Keith's investment partner Drew Ferner. 

BEFORE: Craftsman Bungalow

Keith agreed to work with Drew to add a second story to the home, with plans to increase the home's square footage by more than 2,000. 

BEFORE: Backyard

The former backyard was messy but also a total blank slate. 

BEFORE: Basement

Bonus: The basement had already been dug out with the foundation partly installed before Drew and Keith began demo. The floor's unusually high 8-foot ceilings begged for the basement to be turned into an extra living space. 

Demo Time

Because plans for the basement included a sleeping area, code requires it to have Egress windows installed for a quick escape during a fire. The crew had to do some heavy lifting to cut the windows in.

BEFORE: Living Room

How different will this home with boxed out rooms look once the first floor is opened up into one large living space? 

AFTER: Craftsman Bungalow

Talk about a curb appeal upgrade. In front, the porch was opened up to extend into a balcony attached to the second floor master suite. 

AFTER: Craftsman Bungalow

Keith aimed for an "oasis" feel for the backyard, which now has sloped, stamped concrete seating areas with a pergola and even a projector and screen for outdoor movie parties. 

AFTER: Living Room

The new entirely open layout makes the first floor feel much bigger than it is when you walk in the front door to the living area. 

AFTER: Living Room

Dark wood floors and finishes throughout help complete the "craftsman goes modern contemporary" feel Keith was aiming for. And here, a seating area close to the kitchen gives home buyers that closeness to guests they're looking for. 

AFTER: Kitchen

Cotton white quartz countertops and dark shaker cabinets modernize the formerly outdated kitchen. 

AFTER: Staircase

The railings on the staircase match those on the second floor balcony for some smart and consistent design choices to bring all of the unique spaces of the home together. 

AFTER: Master Bedroom

Two words: coffered ceiling. Oh my.

AFTER: Second Floor Balcony

Just outside the master bedroom, the second floor balcony is the perfect spot for morning coffee or Denver sunset viewings. 

AFTER: Master Bathroom

The cost of installing tile like this all the way around the walls of a bathroom is nothing to laugh at, but the final result shows how much that investment paid off for Keith and Drew. 

AFTER: Basement

The 8-foot ceilings make the basement feel like less of a basement and more of a second living space.