Flowing space between indoors and out made this small house seem larger

Flowing space from indoors to out made this small house seem larger
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The design and decor of this airy corner of this Honolulu living room back in the sixties was an excellent example of how a comparatively small house can be made to look twice its size through a continuous flow of space from outdoors to indoors.

In this case, there was precious little space to work with — a mere ribbon of land between the house, the street and the neighbors next door.

Privacy, a major necessity, was satisfied by translucent plastic screens facing toward the neighbors, and a wood grille angled toward the street.

This lightly scaled, non-claustrophobic enclosure was then linked to the house by extended roof beams — a structural trick that stretched the house right to the property lines.

With this Hawaii home’s living room’s floor-to-ceiling shoji screens pulled back, the baffle-grille became a second outer wall that opened the room to a sky-topped border of paving and planting — a pretty frame for the owners’ hikie (a big Hawaiian daybed) and a green collar for an utterly serene room.

All these little pieces worked together to make this small house seem larger, and this space seem more restful.

Flowing space from indoors to out made this small house seem larger
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