Magazine article Sunset

Patio Kitchen

Magazine article Sunset

Patio Kitchen

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Now it's just a few steps from cooktop to courtyard

Remodeling a wing of this 1930s Mission-style home 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. The splashing water masks the sound of passing traffic. …

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