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The Sharmas bought their house last year. Following the advice of friends who'd taken on similarly huge renovations, they decided to live in it for a few months first. Experiencing the house's strengths and weaknesses led them to change their minds about one major point before even involving an architect. While preparing breakfast each morning, they fell in love with how the sunlight poured in from the east window over the existing sink. "It just made the whole room really beautiful," says Raveen. "So we decided we wanted the kitchen sink to face the front—just like in the old kitchen."

Shown: The Sharmas' original kitchen was sunny and bright, a feature they hoped to keep.
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