“Anything but a white subway tile backsplash” was the first comment the clients made about aesthetics and materiality and it set the tone for the entire project. The existing home was outdated and did not function well for the modern homeowner. The floor plan was opened up to create a living space perfect for entertaining guests, yet intimate enough for two occupants. Supporting spaces are frames for the respective activities. Quality materials , introduced in a nontraditional manner, create an unexpected experience within the renewed life of a traditional rambler.