Magazine article Sunset

In Just 200 Square Feet, Kitchen, Dining, and No Claustrophobia

Magazine article Sunset

In Just 200 Square Feet, Kitchen, Dining, and No Claustrophobia

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In just 200 square feet, kitchen, dining, and no claustrophobia

A one-person kitchen next to, but separated from, a dining room is what Joan Loeken wanted in her small Seattle house. Designer Paul Von Rosenstiel fitted both into just over 200 square feet, yet neither room is cramped.

To keep the cook in the tiny 8- by 12-foot kitchen from feeling claustrophobic, he provided natural light and open spaces without putting kitchen preparations and equipment in sight from other rooms. At one side, a counter turns a corner that's open to the living room; an adjoining partial wall stretches up, masking the back of the refrigerator and screening views of the rest of the kitchen.

The kitchen has only one conventional window--which maximizes the amount of wall space for cabinets and storage--yet it's bright and airy. White walls and cabinets help make the room seem more spacious; they also reflect light admitted by the clerestory windows.

The 9- by 12-foot dining room is just a step away from the kitchen. …

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