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Opening the kitchen ceiling.

The corridor kitchen of this ranch-style house felt cramped and dark. Without moving walls, San Francisco architect Cynthia Ripley of Ripley Associates made it brighter and more open.

The major change came by removing the overhead gypsum board, exposing the joists and rafters, and opening the ceiling to a 3- by 12-foot skylight. The net gains were bright north light and almost 2 feet of height at the highest point.

Expanding and raising a narrow doorway made the keyhole dinning room entry. The lower part stayed the original width to just above counter height, while the upper frame was widened 9 inches on each side and extended to the ceiling.

Homeowners are Katie and Max Rittman of Orinda, California.
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