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How they gain space with a little subtraction ... and a little addition.

How they gain space with a little subtraction . . . and a little addition The challenge here was to give a small, dark kitchen a brighter, more spacious look without actually making it much bigger. The solution involved some deft architectural arithmetic: subtracting a little here, adding a little there.

By opening, or "subtracting," the original flat ceiling to reveal the sloping line of the roof, the architects increased the feeling of volume. They removed part of the wall between kitchen and living room, linking the rooms visually. At the same time, they kept some sense of separation between the two rooms by allowing part of the original flat ceiling to remain, in the form of exposed gypsum-covered joists. The open framing lets both rooms receive light from a new overhead skylight.

The remodel added 4 feet to the south side of the kitchen, where a new, 14-foot-tall "chimney" contains a gigantic window wall, which floods the room with light. This narrow tower soars well above the kitchen ceiling, further enhancing the sense of spaciousness.

Los Angeles architects Josh Schweitzer and David Kellen designed the remodel for owners Ann Haskins and Hugh Harrison.
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Title Annotation:kitchen remodeling
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Date:Mar 1, 1988
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