He cut into the hall, and now the living room has a colonnaded reading alcove.
The largest opening surrounds a reading alcove. Complete with bookshelves and a built-in sofa with storage compartments, the alcove creates a new seating area, which permits a more open furniture arrangement in the living room.
Two other openings are doorways. The fourth is blocked off with a wall containing a translucent glass window, which lets more light into the shortened hall while masking a view of the bathroom door behind. To dramatize this wall, Treib created a distinctive surface by using wide strips of fir plywood banded with narrower strips of birch ply.
To make the colonnade, Treib used 2-by-4 framing covered with gypsum board. He brushed it with alternating strokes of yellow and pink paint, producing a mottled, almost marbled effect. He treats the colonnade as a sort of stage flat, painting it different colors every year.
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|Date:||Nov 1, 1984|
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