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Patio Kitchen: Now It's Just a Few Steps from Cooktop to Courtyard. (Home: Before & After)

Magazine article Sunset

Patio Kitchen: Now It's Just a Few Steps from Cooktop to Courtyard. (Home: Before & After)

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Remodeling a wing of this 193 Os Mission-style ho me was like undamming a river. Originally, a cramped kitchen and a series of small rooms clogged one side of the house, hindering access to the outdoors. Architect Colin Sarjeant solved the problem by opening up the house and connecting it to a new outdoor dining space carved out of the front yard. It's where everyone wants to go.

The new kitchen occupies what had been several small rooms--laundry, mudroom, closet, and bedroom. It's now one generous space with ample storage and a spacious breakfast area. There was even room to insert a stairway to the second-floor addition without expanding beyond the house's original footprint.

French doors and flanking windows dramatically change the way the house lives. The doors lead to a part of the lot--formerly unused--that receives morning sunlight. A wall shelters the patio from the street and incorporates a fountain that can be enjoyed even from the kitchen. …

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