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Angles, curves, and half-walls uncramp three rooms.

Opening up this traditional but cramped kitchen, dining, and living room arrangement gave all three rooms a sense of spaciousness without loss of order or room definition.

At the former boundary of Patty and Peter Till's kitchen, Seattle architect Gene Gudger cut down two walls to 45 inches high and built a long, continuous counter 36 inches high next to them--creating, in effect, a 22-foot-long "island" between the kitchen and adjacent living and dining areas. Generous cabinets, opening to both sides of the island, provide ample storage space. Two posts beside the dining area help support the overhead loads.

At the curve in the island, the wall reaches the ceiling, covering other major support posts and making room for a large appliance garage. Behind those cabines, the full-height wall curves above the half-walls (see drawing) to visually ease the corner between living and dining areas.
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