While we like the idea of open-floor plans, a trend that now feels like the norm, we also value layouts that respect the division of labor that happens in homes. Julie’s Mill Valley kitchen gets to have it both ways. The kitchen is open to the dining area, but a chest-high shelf, integrated into the counter behind it, divides the two spaces and offers a semblance of privacy when she’s in the kitchen. At the very least, guests seated at the dining table can’t see any of the behind-the-scenes cooking detritus.
Photography by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.
The View from the Dining Area
The View from the Kitchen
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