Retrofit renovation



The final phase of renovation included converting the former kitchen space into a den and creating a kitchen at the back of the home.

When Matthew and Lindsey Bristow purchased their dated Maple Ridge home, they knew little of the work ahead of them. 

“We bought this house six and a half years ago,” Lindsey Bristow says. “It was built in 1922. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.” 

But Bristow says she knew it was the right house. She grew up nearby, and the house had a familiar quality that instantly attracted her. They immediately embarked on renovations that touched just about every surface of the home. 

“We are crazy enough we’ve lived through all three phases in the house,” Bristow says. “The first phase, we went to England for two weeks thinking we’d come back and the bathroom would be done and the floors would be stained and we’ll miss most of it.” 

When they returned, they found “the ceiling had collapsed from the bathroom onto the entry floor and completely warped it, so nothing was done,” Bristow says. 

“Right away, we should have known this was not going to go as planned,” she says. “That’s why I could never leave this place. There is a story behind every single thing in this house.”

For example, the Bristows purchased a bevy of state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, including the increasingly popular steam oven, only to learn the natural gas line was too small to support the setup. As a remedy, they dug trenches under the street and through the front yard to reach the meter in a neighbor’s yard and replace the existing line. 

Even with the unknowns and the concessions to fix or work around them, the Bristows ended up with a beautiful mix of Old World charm and contemporary good taste. 

The eat-in kitchen is perfect for the growing family.

Just a phase

The first renovation phase involved some unglamorous but necessary modifications to bring the house into the modern age. They replaced the home’s original cloth wiring, installed new air conditioning units and refinished all of the hardwood floors. They also combined two small bathrooms upstairs to create a large one for their two children (and one on the way). 

The second phase tackled the master bedroom, bathroom and closet and converted the third-floor attic into a casual, comfortable living space for the kids. 

In the master bedroom, three boarded-up original windows were unveiled during a closet demolition. Pleasantly surprised, the Bristows reclaimed the square footage and natural light for a seating area in the room. Soft neutral colors give the master bedroom a relaxing, spa-like mood. 

This feeling carries over into the new master bathroom. Dark Calacatta marble surrounds the jetted tub, tops the double-sink vanity and adorns the tiled shower with a frameless glass door. Gris Pulpis marble was used on the floor. Patterned metallic gold wallpaper brings some glitz to the space. 

The final phase was the most extensive. The former kitchen space was converted to a den, and the kitchen was moved to the back of the house. 

The large, airy kitchen has nearly 10 feet of island workspace and counter-height seating. Carrera marble adorns the countertops. A custom light-gray vent hood outlined in steel by Jay Rambo Co. tops the six-burner stove. Light gray cabinets introduce subtle contrast in the mostly white space but stay true to the crisp, clean look Bristow wanted. Lighting is mounted underneath the cabinetry providing additional illumination in the built-in bar area.

“When we bought this house, I had always rented apartments in Chicago and London,” Bristow says. “I had never purchased anything that was meant to last. So, throughout the three phases my taste has evolved. Things I did in the first phase, I would never do now. But, definitely the third phase, the big one, I just wanted as much light as possible.”

Two sets of French doors open from both the kitchen and formal living room onto the spacious new covered patio. The access creates a seamless flow between the home’s three main entertainment areas. 

The formal living room opens to the covered patio.

Architect Scott Ferguson worked closely with Lindsey on the outdoor living space and was also responsible for much of the interior architecture work. 

Thanks to four heaters and three fans, the family uses the patio almost year-round. “One thing that Scott and I really worked on was making a vaulted ceiling,” for the outdoor space, Bristow says. “That was not an easy thing to do in a 1920s home, but I really wanted to make it work.” 

The home’s curb appeal was also updated to bring back its original 1920s glory. The entire front porch was taken down.

“The whole façade was crumbling off,” Bristow says. “So that was completely removed, and we added the covered front entry with brick columns.”

They also added a new wrought iron railing on top of the porch and a brick half-wall at the front of the property near the sidewalk. 

Old meets new

Interior designer Mel Bean of Austin Bean Design Studio helped the Bristows choose interior finishes that respected the home’s history and reflected their young, modern family. 

The dining room gives the home a bold pop of color.

“In terms of it feeling modern, (we selected) furniture with lines that seemed to straddle between classic form and more modern form,” Bean says. The wingback chairs in the formal living room are one example. They are traditional in form, but streamlined. “We did a lot of that in our design.”

Bean also assisted with the richly-lacquered peacock blue dining room. New bright-white sconces create high contrast and a touch of drama, but they look original to the home. It’s a perfect marriage of traditional and contemporary design.

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The annual US National Arabian & Half Arabian Horse Show returns to Tulsa. You will be able to see over 1700 Arabian and Half Arabian horses competing in many divisions, including Breeding/In Hand...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Tulsa State Fairgrounds
4145 E 21st St,
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Arabian Horse Association
Telephone: 303-6964500
Contact Name: Kelsey Berglund
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Nimrod Journal will host its annual Conference for Readers and Writers on Saturday, October 19th, at The University of Tulsa. The conference will feature workshops on fiction, poetry,...

Cost: $10-70

Where:
Allen Chapman Student Union
440 S Gary Ave
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: Nimrod
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Cassidy McCants
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Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry will host its annual Conference for Readers and Writers at The University of Tulsa on October 19th, 2019.   The Conference offers the...

Cost: $10-$70

Where:
TU's Allen Chapman Student Union
440 S. Gary Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: Nimrod Journal
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Cassidy McCants
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Willkommen to four days of Oompah (or Bavaria or Oktoberfest) in Oklahoma  with nationally known German bands, authentic European foods, arts and  crafters MarktHaus, full carnival, and fun...

Cost: $10 at the gate or $7 in advance for adults. Children 12 and under are FREE.

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 S. Jackson Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: Resolute PR
Telephone: 903-292-7885
Contact Name: Zachary Johnston
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Hello, Friends!   Fall is in the air! We are excited to present the 5th Annual Hugo Pumpkin Festival, a fun-filled event featuring a variety of entertaining activities for the whole family....

Cost: $ 6 - $ 20

Where:
Endangered Ark Foundation
2657 E 2070 Rd
Hugo, OK  74743
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Sponsor: Endangered Ark Foundation
Telephone: 580-317-8470
Contact Name: Emily
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The Karbach Games and Competitions Arena becomes our own center of the universe Saturday at 2:00 PM for true fans of German bier. Why? Because it is ground zero for the Linde Oktoberfest Bavarian...

Cost: $40

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 South Jackson Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: River Parks
Contact Name: Ryan Howell

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Folk Salad Radio Show celebrates its 20th anniversary with a potluck meal followed by a concert featuring Grammy-nominated singer songwriter John Fullbright and several other Tulsa musicians on...

Cost: $35

Where:
The Stone Church
4225 W. Fifth St.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Folk Salad Radio Show
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Go into the woods and experience the return of this fantastic family production with performances in both Tulsa and Broken Arrow. Tulsa Ballet's Hardesty Family Foundation Children's...

Cost: $15

Where:
Studio K (Tulsa) and Zarrow Studio (Broken Arrow(
1212 E 45th Place
Tulsa, OK  74105
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Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
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Abersons presents Pink Ribbon -- an exclusive, high-fashion fundraiser featuring a runway show by one of the world's hottest designers. Cocktails 6 p.m. | Dinner & Live Auction 7...

Cost: $1,250

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Abersons
Telephone: 918-834-7200
Contact Name: Scarlet Henley
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America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Broken Arrow! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: 59.95

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa- Broken Arrow
420 W Albany St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
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Join us for Nimrod Write Night, the opening event of our Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers weekend, on Friday, October 18th, at the Tulsa Historical Society, 6:30 p.m. Write Night is...

Cost: free

Where:
Tulsa Historical Society
2445 S. Peoria Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Nimrod Journal
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Cassidy McCants
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Originally from West Africa, Kizomba is a partner dance that is a sexy addition to any Latin dance party. It is the fastest Latin growing dance in the U.S. Come and learn the basics plus a few more...

Cost: 109

Where:
THE DANCE PLACE
3310 WEST 42ND PLACE
TULSA, OK  74107
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Telephone: 918-813-6514
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Flashes of vivid colors, laughter, dancers whirling around keeping pace with the energetic music, more laughter……this is what you will experience at Guthrie Green this Saturday,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Guthrie Green
111 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: SAPAF
Telephone: 918-665-6419
Contact Name: Mohan Kelkar
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Signature Symphony at TCC celebrates the work of the late Ernie Fields, a Tulsa icon who had a career as a bandleader and trombonist. Fields’ music developed at a time when R&B, swing,...

Cost: $36 - $58

Where:
VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education
10300 E 81st St
Tulsa, OK  74133-4513
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Sponsor: Signature Symphony at TCC
Telephone: 918-595-7768
Contact Name: Tabitha Littlefield
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Tulsa in Harmony is a congregation of community choirs, lending their voices in one accord. They sing of their hopes and their faith and aspirations of a more unified community and a more unified...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gathering Place
2650 S. John Williams Way E.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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