Japanese Inspired Remodel in Noe Valley-Living Room

The design of this remodel of a small two-level residence in Noe Valley reflects the owner’s passion for Japanese architecture. Having decided to completely gut the interior partitions, we devised a better arranged floor plan with traditional Japanese features, including a sunken floor pit for dining and a vocabulary of natural wood trim and casework. Vertical grain Douglas Fir takes the place of Hinoki wood traditionally used in Japan. Natural wood flooring, soft green granite and green glass backsplashes in the kitchen further develop the desired Zen aesthetic. A wall to wall window above the sunken bath/shower creates a connection to the outdoors. Privacy is provided through the use of switchable glass, which goes from opaque to clear with a flick of a switch. We used in-floor heating to eliminate the noise associated with forced-air systems.

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John Hill added this to Ultimate Space-Boosting Ideas for Small Homes22 March 2018

A more directly Asian-inspired precedent can be found in this dining table that lifts from the floor. People then sit on the floor and place their legs in the space below the table; sometimes this space is heated to warm the body in colder months.Discover your dining table style

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HU-251663767 added this to My Project2 April 2022

Japanese design interior common space

Ben Segebartt added this to Living Room5 February 2021

This house has a great style, but the use of the sunken dining table is a fascinating idea.

Cynthia Grazian added this to Park City #1613 January 2021

potential bench configuration for next to fireplace or in banquette

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