Magazine article Sunset

Kitchen Window Wonders

Magazine article Sunset

Kitchen Window Wonders

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Above the sink, drama and a sense of spaciousness

Look twice at your kitchen window: Is it working as hard as it should to bring in the maximum amount of natural light while connecting the cook with the outside world? Does it function as a focal point? Do work areas take advantage of it? Even a small kitchen can feel less claustrophobic if the window is doing its job. Here are examples that show just what a kitchen window can do.

* Dynamic duo

This kitchen window combines the best of both worlds: storage and view. Nearly the full height of the wall, it opens the room to a woodsy scene. A narrow strip of cabinets is supported by the metal frames of a commercial window system. The windows at counter level can open for ventilation.

DESIGN: Lindy Small Architecture, Oakland, CA (510/251-1066)

* Panoramic backsplash

In this kitchen, the original ranch house--style sliding window was replaced by one big sheet of glass. The counter butts against the base of the window frame, so the wall-spanning window doubles as an eye-catching backsplash. …

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