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They moved the door ... no more kitchen bottleneck.

Impressive gains can result from simple changes. By moving the back door a few feet--from the rearo of this bungalow to one side--Berkeley architect Joseph Costarella was able to make the kitchen more efficient. The change freed floor space (an old table had stood in the middle of the room) and allowed the back porch to be turned into a breakfast nook. The back door now opens to the driveway, saving steps with groceries.

New, larger windows along the kitchen's east wall and on two sides of the nook increase the amount of natural light coming in. To prevent a jarring contrast with the rest of the 1910 house, Costarella designed the built-in table and benches to echo original craftsman-era details.
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Date:Apr 1, 1984
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