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Editor's note: This is the second of two parts. Last week we answered a question from an empty-nest couple who had just paid off the mortgage on their 1980s-era rancher in Pleasanton, Calif. Rather than sell and downsize, they decided to stay put. Trouble was, they were getting tired of their home's tired look. How, they wanted to know, should they go about updating? We tackled walls, floors, doors and trim, suggesting new paint, some hardwood flooring, new molding and baseboard, and new interior doors. Today we'll discuss the "wet" rooms -- kitchen and baths. Kitchens Any way you crunch the numbers, a kitchen update is going to be expensive. But, assuming you don't have to open too many walls, reroute plumbing or add electrical circuits, it won't break the bank. If you ...