For more light and drama, they "bashed" through the ceiling.
"Let's bash through the ceiling, too,' suggestedSan Francisco architect John Walsh to his clients Peggy Berlese and David Goss. A basement stairwell between the kitchen and a small back bedroom was already scheduled for removal to create a family room in the dark, Spanish-style house. Did the owners also want to sacrifice a small bedroom upstairs for the sake of light and drama?
Yes. And Walsh's suggestion paid off:sunlight now pours into the family room through a tall, 4 1/2- by 10-foot window in the west-facing fireplace wall. Walsh freed interior space by pushing the chimney out 2 feet from the house. Rising outside the window, the shaft diffuses direct sunshine and eliminates the view of a neighboring house.
Walsh also removed walls in the familyroom to open the main stairwell, and he created a balcony-like upstairs hallway. A skylight above the stairwell and French doors to the back garden contribute more brightness. Light filtering through the cabinets and pass-through adds to the kitchen's bright, airy ambience.
Photo: Upstairs railing replaces wall of oldbedroom; arching windows bring in more light. Stairs continue down to basement
Photo: Light, modern kitchen leads to airy new family room. Glasscupboards replaced wall; bleached oak cabinets further brighten room
Photo: Tall window above fireplace admits westernlight to family room; putting chimney outside increases room's depth
Photo: Before remodel, kitchen was dark, boxy,dated. Perimeter soffet wasted potential cabinet storage space. Tiny center island was replaced by 8-foot-long, tile-topped island
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|Date:||Jul 1, 1987|
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