The Bainbridge Crew, Charlotte, N.C.
Orfield Design & Construction St. Louis Park, Minn.
This award-winning kitchen in Charlotte, N.C. was originally constructed in 1913. While this home survived both a duplex conversion during the Depression and an extensive 1950s style renovation, the original appeal of a four-square architectural style popular in the early 20th century was virtually removed.
The Bainbridge Crew’s challenge was to re-create a charming turn-of-the-century kitchen blended with modern conveniences as well as a much larger, workable space. What The Bainbridge Crew walked into was stainless steel countertops, neon green painted cabinets and slate flooring mixed into an awkward, chopped up layout.
Once demolition began, electrical and plumbing issues emerged. In order to resolve these issues, The Bainbridge Crew had to completely start anew including relocating the sink for function within the refrigerator/range/sink work triangle. To meet the demands of the home-owner, a dishwasher and warming drawer were added along with a new under-the-counter microwave in the new center island. Space was even provided for a flat screen TV so the owners could watch cooking shows while in the kitchen.
The biggest challenge though for this new kitchen was making it seem as if it were original to this historic home. To accomplish this, the kitchen was matched to the existing brick, flooring, moulding and windows throughout the home.
Once appliances were relocated, the centerpiece kitchen island and hooded range became the focal point of this sophisticated white kitchen. The 1950s neon green cabinets were removed in lieu of glass-door wall cabinets to provide decorative charm for fine antiques and crystal. Also added to this new kitchen was a glazed tile backsplash and stainless fixtures to present a striking setting for entertaining. To finish the look, wrought iron scones and honed black granite were brought in, and the hardwood flooring was refinished.