In the kitchen, Don Dimster designed a 12-foot-long upholstered bench with a built-in end bookcase as a place to sit, work or linger over a breakfast coffee. Part of the white-oak plank table can rise to bar height when Dimster — pictured with wife Lisa, left, and sister-in-law Noreen, right — wants to entertain. Dimster added reveals, spaces around the doors, so the inexpensive Ikea Appläd cabinets had a custom look. They're complemented by the Carrara marble counter. Above the counter, the 7-foot-long back splash of obscured glass streams light into the adjacent master bathroom on the other side of the counter. "It's a bit voyeuristic," Dimster said, "but you can really only see shapes."
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