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Bright and lofty kitchen started out as a shoe box.

Bright and lofty kitchen started out as a shoe box This expanded kitchen didn't always enjoy the lofty and bright volume you see above. In addition to having limited space for dining, it used to resemble a giant-size shoe box with a flat, low roof.

Owners Jan and Dennis Ruby of Sunnyvale, California, asked designer Molly Hale to transform the space. she pushed out a side wall 4 feet to the edge of the house, then replaced the old roof with a peaked asymmetrical one. New cabinets, windows, doors, skylights, and a ceiling of light-stained fir augment the room's open feeling. Part of the tile floor is all that remains of the old room.

Angling through the center of the 15- by 20-foot remodel, a kitchen counter separates dining and food-preparation areas. Its base of sparkling glass-blocks supports a top of synthetic granite, which continues around the streamlined kitchen.

Replacing the former cramped eating quarters, two dining areas now occupy the room. The first is at the wraparound counter, where the glass-block base notches in to accommodate two tools (both can be store underneath). The second, a breakfast nook, fits into a corner fitted with an L-shaped bench with storage below its lift-up seat.
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