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Before and After: Creative preservation

A creative update preserves the character of a great 1930s Oakland home

Cooking area before

Cooking area: Before

Here, the cabinets were replaced using the same footprint; the countertops and walls were resurfaced, appliances updated, and plumbing revamped.

To maintain the integrity of the house, the Kidsons had the walls repaired with plaster, not drywall.


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