A local food writer and avid cook loved her Ardmore Park home, but her kitchen needed a little spicing up. She and her husband concluded that the 1925 era house needed a number of upgrades to add modern amenities for entertainment and better serve the needs of an active family of four.
This project featured a kitchen overhaul, an addition to the master bedroom upstairs, and a new outdoor dining patio and fireplace – all while preserving the home’s original style. Jim DeLany of Paces Builder Group oversaw the construction.
The kitchen was redesigned to maximize cooking space while also adding gathering space room for the family and their friends to be together. The kitchen was expanded and merged into the adjacent breakfast room and kitchen. The pantry was replaced by custom cabinetry to the ceiling, thereby making room for a second oven and Sub-Zero refrigerator. The new cooking area features expanded counter tops, a vented Wolf range, built-in trash cabinet, and custom shelving for collections. An updated mudroom-turned-wet bar connects the breakfast space to the new outdoor patio area.
An addition over the existing family room in the rear boasts a new master bedroom with views to the renovated back yard. A separate bedroom was converted into a bath and closets to create a larger master suite, which added a small balcony with custom iron railing overlooking the outdoor fireplace, patio and fountain below. Careful respect to the architectural style of the house includes brick fireplace, bracket design and windows styles.
The converted spaces offers ample space for backyard entertainment. A new dining patio with a custom-designed granite fountain faces its southern edge. Beyond the patio, a granite fireplace is flanked by spaces for an outdoor grill and Green Egg. The fireplace is fronted by bluestone floor large enough for seating at least eight. The fireplace is built from granite reclaimed from the original house combined with newly quarried Georgia granite. The patio ties into the house via the wet bar entry. A newly extended driveway accommodates parking in front and back of the house. Pope Ozio & Associates provided landscape design services, and Charles Calhoun constructed the metal railings and gate.