After relocating a once-grand Texas Queen Anne
to their lakefront building lot, Jim and Sharon Wade tackled a massive whole-house renovation. They saved a good deal of money because Sharon had a knack for salvaging materials and fixtures.
Sharon bought a pristine 1950s Chambers gas range on eBay and had it retrofitted with a shut-off safety valve for $700. The durable gray granite countertops mimic the look of period-appropriate but more nick-prone soapstone. Retro details like the built-in plate rack, glass-front doors, bin pulls, and cabinet latches maintain the spirit of the old kitchen.