A 1920s bungalow in the Cherry Street District recently underwent a dramatic conversion. Home to a doctor and realtor, the couple asked Bill Powers, manager of Powers Design & Build, to assist in their kitchen renovation.
“The husband loves to cook, and our goal was to create a functional-yet-open space for them both to enjoy,” says Powers. In addition to the original kitchen, an area was reconfigured at the back of the house, making the space a true rectangular galley kitchen.
Due to the home’s age, there were plenty of technical difficulties, and ultimately the renovation required new plumbing, electrical work, windows and doors. Next to the refrigerator is an original brick chimney. “Even though it wasn’t going to be used, the couple loved the look, so we retained it to keep with the 1920s bungalow charm,” adds Powers.
An oversized window was installed over the sink to bring the outside in, and the new French doors leading to the outdoor living area include invisible screens so the couple can keep the doors open during nice weather. A custom doggie door lets the family pet roam in and out at will.
To blend with the rest of the house, Wood Pro of Tulsa installed one-and-a-quarter-inch oak flooring. The white cabinets by Crestwood Cabinets fit the home’s classic style and are accented by the black granite countertops with a leather finish from Surfaces of Bixby. The stainless finish hardware is from Emtek, and the 30-inch stainless farm sink is by Vigo. Sophisticated glass tile from Alys Edwards Collection by GiGi’s Groovy Stix was supplied by Vivian’s Tile & Stone and creates a stunning backsplash.
The kitchen space opens into the dining area, so Powers created a peninsula that can be utilized as a great serving area when the couple is entertaining. Plus, with barstools that can slide under the countertop, it becomes a cozy place to eat or visit. In addition, the space becomes a media center with surround sound and a flat screen television installed above the refrigerator so everyone enjoys being in the kitchen during the cooking process.
“Since we finished the project, the couple has texted me at least half a dozen times when they are entertaining to let me know how much they are enjoying their kitchen,” says Powers.