Rachel Klauber-Speiden posed a daunting challenge to architects Tryggvi Thorsteinsson and Erla Dogg Ingjaldsdottir of Santa Monica-based Minarc: Transform a 1962 apartment building into a single-family home. The kitchen is the heart of the house for Klauber-Speiden, who loves to cook and entertain. There are no upper cabinets; all storage is underneath the counter, behind doors made of recycled rubber. Klauber-Speiden says she saved $7,000 by going with an induction cook-top rather than buying gas and installing a new gas line. To create the orange backsplash, Klauber-Speiden painted the back of clear glass instead of buying more expensive colored glass. [ Full gallery ] (Nancy Pastor / For The Times / May 24, 2013)

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