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Serra Residence Renovation

When residents Gino and Paetra Serra decided to renovate their 1933 Italianate foursquare-plan home in Kansas City, Missouri, to accommodate their growing family, they made sure that in addition to adding a first-floor bathroom, to open up their dark, cramped kitchen. Avid cooks and entertainers, the couple was limited by a lack of counter space and natural light, problems that their architects at Davison Architecture + Urban Design LLC quickly helped alleviate.

Like many similar homes of its era, the Serra Residence was small for today's family. Rather than moving--the couple loves their close proximity to the neighborhood shops, parks, and running paths--they decided to stick it out and renovate, which meant completely reorganizing the space. Before the renovation, overhead cabinets lined the wall now featuring favored photography. Here, Gino and Paetra's young daughters share time at the kitchen table from Kartell while perched upon chairs from Design Within Reach.

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