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At the top of LeVine and Salmon’s wish list was a large sink with a tall arched faucet that could accommodate big pots and pans. This kitchen also got its first dishwasher out of the renovation. “That was a really big deal for them,” Ruber says. The countertops are from Oregon company Cement Elegance. “A lot of people worry about nicks, stains and the porousness of concrete countertops, but this company has really taken care of that,” Ruber says. “They have a matte leather-like texture, and they only have one seam that we were able to slip in near a corner.”“This tile is great because it resonates as old-school subway tile, but it has different dimensions than the typical 3-by-6-inch,” the designer says. The tiles have a matte finish and a handmade textured look. Backsplash tile: New Yorker in bright white, 3 by 12 inches, Settecento; sink: Gourmet undermount double bowl, Elkay; faucet: Trinsic single-handle pull-down in Arctic stainless steel, Delta BEFORE: The Douglas fir countertop was at counter height. Ruber considered taking over the jutting portion behind it for the kitchen. However, on the other side is one of the only precious closets in the 844-square-foot 1905 bungalow.