Windows Need Special Attention

All the elements of a building are important, but windows are more so because they are our connection to nature. How the window is presented can determine whether people are drawn to it and, ultimately, how much they like the view. In this kitchen (above), each window is framed by an arched, beaded proscenium. Contained in the frame are the lights and display shelves. All these things are detailed to give proper space for the window casing and sill. The cabinets on each side reinforce the frame.

RULE 4

TO BREAK UP A SPACE, USE BUILT-INS AS ROOM DIVIDERS

Instead of following the homogenized principle that built-in furniture should be placed against a wall, I used the piece in this bedroom as a room divider to create a headboard with built-in nightstands, lighting, and bookshelves. In another project (see photo, p. 26), I used a big kitchen island to break down the scale of the room and shorten the walk between the stove and sink. It also provided room for an expansive bookcase on the sitting-room side.

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