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Room divider is a storage wall.

Bookcase on one side, china cabinet on the other, buffet counter on top

DIVIDE AND ORGANIZE could be the motto for this broad, low wall that separates an upper-level hallway from a lower-level living room. Both sides of the 36-inch-thick unit and its top are hardworking: it functions as bookcase, china cabinet, and buffet counter. It also helps define hallway and living room as separate spaces while opening them up to each other.

The living room side of the wall stands 57 inches tall; it holds an orderly array of same-size cubicles, each 12 inches deep, for book storage and display. Although the shelving looks as if it's made of 1 1/2-inch-thick boards, it is really made of 3/4-inch white oak plywood trimmed in front with 1-by-2s. Verticals are back-to-back layers of plywood; horizontals are single layers.

On the hall side, the wall is counter height (36 1/2 inches). Three pairs of doors mask pull-out trays for china and glasses. The jade green slate tile top is at just the right height for buffet meals, which, served here, keep guests from crowding the nearby kitchen. Steps flanking the unit allow easy circulation to the living room.

Architect-owner: Brian Peters, Redwood City, California.
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Author:Whiteley, Peter O.
Publication:Sunset
Date:Nov 1, 1992
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