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Their kitchen used to feel like a closet.

Small spaces don't have to feel small. With the help of San Francisco architect Paulett Taggart, even this impossibly cramped kitchen and living room could "grow" into a bright, open space. Originally, an opening to the living-dining area at chest height did little to offset the closet-like feeling of the 35square-foot kitchen. And dark paneling in the living room absorbed most of the light.

Taggart peeled away the upper half of the wall separating the two rooms to create a central cooking island hidden behind a raised, granite-topped counter. The kitchen now opens to the living room and the entry hall. A lowered ceiling above the cooking island visually separates kitchen ftom living area without enclosing either space.

Also to make the kitchen and living area seem bigger without

adding new space, Taggart linked them visually, extending counter and shelf space all the way to the fireplace. A new skylight runs the length of the kitchen, brightening it and adjacent spaces.

Taggart installed the narrowest kitchen appliances she could find: a 24-inch-wide refrigerator and range and an 1 8-inch-wide dishwasher.

For unity, Taggart redesigned the fireplace front and the hearth, facing both with the same granite she used on the kitchen counters.
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Title Annotation:kitchen's remodeling
Date:Oct 1, 1988
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