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Kitchen confidential: A Venice bungalow made modern

November 28, 2010 |  6:00 am

Lisa Little was working toward her master's at the Southern California Institute of Architecture when she and husband Phil Brennan bought a tiny lot in Venice that barely fit two tiny houses: an 850-square-foot bungalow built in 1905 and a 450-square-foot rental built in 1912. The goal: Keep the scale and period feel of the facade, but make the interiors larger, more modern and more functional.

They wanted to do as much interior renovation work as possible themselves. In the kitchen, they combined tomato-red IKEA cabinets with custom stainless countertops to striking effect.

The final result: a new-old Crafsman. (And wait to you see what color they painted the exterior. Click here.)

--Rene Lynch
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Photo: Katie Falkenberg / For the Los Angeles Times