2702 Augusta, Boise 

This updated 1956 brick rancher sits on a roomy suburban lot just more than one-fifth of an acre large. Located within walking distance of Hillcrest Country Club, this home offers a simple, open floor plan that makes the most of its 1,200 square feet.

The front door opens to a small enclosed entryway that acts as a buffer between the dwelling's entrance and its main living quarters. The home's original Arizona pink sandstone fireplace was removed to open the space between the living room and kitchen/dinette. The long, flat fireplace stones have been repurposed in the front yard, where they lay end to end, forming the borders of a number of garden beds.

What remains of the interior fireplace wall has been turned into a snack bar overlooking the updated kitchen, creating an open great room. The kitchen bears new ash cabinetry stained dark walnut brown, stainless steel appliances and a glass tile backsplash in shades of coffee brown and golden mustard.

Instead of being discarded, the original kitchen cabinets were also repurposed--milled to create window sills and closet door trim, which also helped to refresh the house's soul.

Adding vintage character to the 54-year-old residence are refinished oak floors, original plywood interior doors and a built-in bureau at the end of the hallway that leads to the private quarters.

Pros: Nicely updated brick ranch near Hillcrest Country Club.

Cons: One-car garage.

Open House: Saturday, Feb. 20, 1-4 p.m.

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