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Prefab storefront unit opens kitchen to view.

Commercial buildings can offer residential lessons-a fact not lost on San Francisco architects Anne Fougeron and Louis Schump when they remodeled this small kitchen. Originally, the room's vieworiented south wall contained only one small window and a door to the porch. To open up the wall and retain outdoor access, they installed a prefabricated aluminum storefront-the kind with a glass door surrounded by windows.

The standard 8-foot-square aluminum frame came from a metal sash company (look in the yellow pages under Store Fronts) and cost about $2,000. "We chose the metal storefront over conventional wood windows," says Schump, "because it's lightweight, it's easier to install, and the narrow frame allows a larger expanse of glass."

In addition, the 1-1/2-inch-wide mullions are 4 inches deep, permitting the aluminum frame to accommodate 3-1/2-inchdeep glass blocks and also lie flush with a standard stud wall.

To organize the rest of the kitchen, Fougeron and Schump borrowed space from an adjacent closet, ran a continuous counter along an inside wall, and increased the number of cabinets.
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Date:Mar 1, 1989
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