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Cramped Valley home is renovated in a modern ranch style
Cramped Valley home is renovated in a modern ranch style

Even before Peter and Janet Shurkin moved into their 1950s Valley Village home, the couple knew they needed to make some renovations. "We liked it," Janet says, "but the tiles would fall off and none of the cabinets were working properly." Peter had owned the 975-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bathroom property in the San Fernando Valley for three years but had not been able to renovate the cramped, compartmentalized space. In fact, no major work had ever been done on the home. When Janet, who manages musicians, became pregnant with Oliver in 2007, the Shurkins decided it was time to act. They looked into moving but decided it made more sense to invest in upgrades...

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