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The stairway pays them back for space it borrows.

The stairway pays them back for space it borrows Adding a floor to this 1930s cottage left its exterior largely unchanged, while inside the new stairway helped open up the compartmented first story. The only change in the existing floor plan was to borrow space for the stairs from adjacent rooms. The new staircase serves as a sculptural divider, separating but not enclosing living room, dining room, and den.

Originally, the front door opened directly into the living room. Straight ahead, a hall led to the kitchen and bedrooms. To the right were the den and dining room. Architect John Matthews of San Mateo, California, replaced a wall common to the den, living room, and dining room with stairs extending 3 feet into the dining room and den.

To lengthen slight lines and enchance the new feeling of spaciousness, Matthews made a giant cutout in the wall beside the stairway and widened the door to the den. To help define the entry area, he added a small wall just left of the front door.
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