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Kitchen confidential: The Craftsman of their dreams

March 26, 2011 | 12:28 pm

The Kicks600 

Granada Hills couple Don and Natalie Kick had no idea what they were getting into when they decided to build the home of their dreams, a two-story Craftsman of their own design.

They are nearly finished with their new 2,800-square-foot house, and what's remarkable isn't just that they survived the ultimate do-it-yourself project, but that the results are beyond respectable. From the porch's rustic boulder walls to the kitchen's custom cabinetry, above, to the second-floor sleeping porch used as their daughters' alfresco playroom, the Kicks' three-bedroom, three-bath house has a level of finish that surpasses its DIY inspiration. Their journey is told in Saturday's Home section, and includes a slide show you won't want to miss.

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Photo credit: Mariah Taugher / Los Angeles Times

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