by Steve Bracci
Each year in March the Augusta Symphony Guild presents the Symphony of Kitchens—a fund-raising tour of some of the city’s most dazzling kitchens to benefit the SOA. The kitchens pictured here were featured on the 2013 tour, including homes in both Columbia and Richmond counties. From the elegance of early 20th-century detail to the opulence of outdoor suburban living, the tour offered plenty to admire.
This spacious Gary Street kitchen, breakfast room and family room were restructured from a small kitchen, laundry room, hallway, bathroom, side porch and garage. A second renovation moved the laundry room upstairs and allowed for a mudroom, giving the kitchen area outside access.
The outdoor kitchen and pool house extend the comforts of the indoor space. Shutters close to allow entertaining regardless of weather. The kitchen area offers every convenience while a fireplace provides comfort on cool nights. Three large screen televisions allow children to play video games while adults keep track of multiple sporting events.
This elegant Milledge Road kitchen was renovated to change the orientation of the island and connect the den to the kitchen. Dual sinks easily accommodate two cooks in the efficiently designed space. Two sets of bookshelves were removed from the den to provide a cleaner look in their new living space.
Built in 1997, this second Milledge Road kitchen boasts timeless style, incorporating many features sought by builders and renovators today. The space, created to accommodate a dedicated cook, puts a spice rack within easy reach near the range and houses appliances in pull out drawers for accessibility and a streamlined look. u
The domain of an accomplished cook, this Hillcrest Avenue kitchen was gutted to the walls so that the entire layout could be rearranged. The kitchen table was replaced by an island and the refrigerator was relocated to enhance traffic flow and functionality. Custom cabinetry conceals pots, trash receptacles, a bread drawer, under-counter microwave and television, while paneled doors on the refrigerator complete the sleek look of the space.
This Bransford Road kitchen is an artist’s delights. Original white cabinets were transformed into works of art, with doors painted, distressed and glazed, while vintage glass doorknobs replaced traditional hardware. The festive finish is the perfect backdrop for a charming collection of whimsical art and family mementoes—all reflecting the creative personality of the homeowner. u
The Bishops Circle kitchen was designed around the beautiful glass light fixtures above the granite-topped island, which boasts a farm sink and seating for four. Comfortable and inviting, the simple open floor plan is perfectly suited for preparing family dinners and entertaining friends.
The Champions Circle kitchen is anchored by a granite-topped island with seating for four. A copper hood above the large cook top flanks one wall while the opposite wall offers windows with a view of the outdoor kitchen. A walk-in pantry, two dishwashers, ice maker, beverage refrigerator and pot filler blend luxury with convenience.