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Opened Up and Resurfaced

Homeowner Dr. Susanna Shermer turned a nondescript 1940s house into a light-filled Craftsman-style home. In the kitchen, she removed a wall between the dining room and kitchen, preserving a portion of it as a peninsula snack counter. Underwhelmed by ornate kitchen cabinets, laminate countertops, and vinyl flooring, she replaced all the surfaces, choosing a travertine floor, granite countertops, and a natural stone tile backsplash. To save money, she kept the cabinet boxes, had them refaced, and added new doors with a hand-glazed finish.
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