Screens and Dividers

By Dan Gregory, Originally Published in Houseplans.com

The large circle adds drama to this cabinetry divider between sitting area and hallway.

One way to maximize space -- and bring in more daylight -- is to use screens or partially open dividers instead of walls. James Madson opened up the wall between the hall and the sitting room in the remodel shown above with a dramatic moon gate-shaped screen. It maintains the circulation pattern while allowing light and views between the rooms, making both seem more spacious.

In Plan 51-464, the glass cabinet-topped counter allows views between the kitchen and the breakfast nook.


In a house by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, the kitchen is separated both from the living room and linked to it by a tall, white partition.

The large passage through it visually frames the connection between the two spaces. And the thickness of the divider allows it to hold storage cabinets.

December 14, 2013