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One big indulgence was purchasing a state-of-the-art stove made in New Zealand offered for sale on Craigslist. Obsessive searching on big-box store websites scored Amanda a bargain on a large stainless steel sink, and she impressively purchased a range hood for a song by visiting the equivalent of a range-hoods-for-nada website. Who knew such a thing existed? The aqua boomerang-pattern laminate was given a stainless steel edging to enhance the retro charm and match the new appliances as well as the totally kooky Dishmaster faucet—a faucet that looks for all the world like the dashboard of a 1956 Chrysler—an item manufactured unchanged since the 1950s. Her blue-flecked refrigerator is a testament to the love of color that is invading the appliance world, like a second coming from the days of wild-and-crazy appliance hues that first surfaced around the time Amanda’s home was built. Of course the path to a truly lovely renovation never runs smoothly. The laminate order stubbornly refused to get itself in the system—whatever that means—and the stove, despite its brand-spanking newness, needed various tweaks by a repairman who had “never seen one of these before.” Thanks to Charles the contractor—a sympathetic friend who spent 20 years as a museum preparatory, so he was all about the retro vibe—and despite those inevitable iffy moments, Amanda built a kitchen. The new kitchen is her pride, the place where everyone gathers to stir the chile, mix the margaritas, and shoot the breeze as they watch Wii contestants get pummeled boxing and keep an eye on the front yard to see who is arriving to the hysterical warning system of two insane dachshunds. Amanda’s goal now is to match the record of the previous owner—70 years—in staying put, which means she needs to age in place to the ripe age of 99. Meanwhile, the old kitchen screams for a makeover, this time as a bathroom. Let the renovations begin, again. And Amanda, welcome to the wonderful world of home ownership. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM

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Su Casa Winter 2011  

Su Casa Winter 2011

Su Casa Winter 2011  

Su Casa Winter 2011