Over the past year we have been uncovering the history of one of the most beautiful family homes in Tulsa. Our Marvelous Midtown project has been rewarding and we’re excited to finally be able to share it with you! It has been an amazing home to a few lucky Tulsa families and it’s ready for a new family to welcome home.
This traditional ranch-style house was built in 1955. We understand it was one of the first houses built in Charlene Estates. The draw of this particular neighborhood is the pond. There aren’t many ponds in the midtown area and the pond in Charlene Estates creates such a charming community. Throughout the renovation, we got to know many of the neighbors and learned that families that live on the pond have passed their homes down from generation to generation. They all have cherished memories of paddle boating, fishing, and kayaking on the pond.
Our goal for this beautiful, classic ranch home was to renovate it for a new generation. We took great care to replace all the mechanicals (EMP) in the house. We looked at how today’s generation functions in a house and what and rolled up our sleeves and went to work.
The exterior of the house needed to be updated to accommodate the architecture throughout the neighborhood. Installing new windows gave us the opportunity to change some of the architecture of the home.
The landscaping and trees on this half-acre lot was well taken care of in its day but needed a good clean.
The property also has a 500 square-foot gate house that is fully functioning with a living room bedroom and full bath.
We combined the original two living areas in this home to create one large multi-functional living space, making it perfect for large holiday gatherings and entertaining. We also started with two fireplaces and scaled it back to one in a location that allowed us to keep windows opening the backyard views. This space spans the natural U-shape of the home and will give the new owners an amazing area to relax, entertain and enjoy. Much care and attention was given to save the original brick patio and keep its charming character.
You cannot miss this stunning kitchen with its acrylic and walnut cabinets. Adorned by modern brass hardware, these cabinets are built for function and quality but deliver so much more.
The surprise decorative shelf along the 15-foot quartz island gives you an unexpected point of interest. There’s seating for six and USB connections so this island can easily transition from meeting space to preparation space in a heartbeat! The appliances are state of the art offering many cooking opportunities and let’s not forget the large refrigerator freezer on the north wall. There is a beverage center with ice maker and sink to allow for an easy flow when entertaining.
What once was the formal dining is now the utility room and part of the expanded kitchen. This utility room has space for washer dryer but we also designed a desk area, where you can work while still being within close proximity to the heart of the home.
We created a drop zone right inside the garage door where you can quickly hang your jacket, remove your backpack and shoes and leave all the worries of the day behind you.
But notice, we kept the original brick floor…. it adds so much character!
In the late 70s, a large master suite was added to the home. We re-worked this layout which now includes a large master bathroom, dressing room/closet, and master bedroom with a spectacular pond view. From the detailed crown molding to the floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, it truly is a marvelous master suite.
We used all the original doors throughout the house but updated it beautifully for current day by applying a fresh coat of paint and and restoring the hardware. This kept the charm and interest of what was originally appointed back in 1955.
A newly designed powder bath is located right off the foyer. We chose an abstract print wallpaper for this smaller space and selected a light fixture that takes you right back to the mid-century modern style of the 50s.
In two of the other bedrooms, we kept the original built-ins and updated hardware where needed. These pieces of architecture are not just functional but add to the original charm of this home. We even restored the door-knockers that were mounted on the bedroom doors and have them on display. The big reveal was accomplished only through the perfection of all these little details.