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bossypantz's ideas_given to her via husband
INT contemporary farmhouse_openness and the wall-length shelves
great wall of windows looking out to a "courtyard" style EXT
Luv the idea of the high windows on the lower floors_as many as possible!
imagine that the super ugly pipe stack is the fab two sided chimney/fireplace you found and you see how the current silhouette potentially works...
chimney and windows! spot on (as your brit bud would say)
starts to show the 'bones' of your idea for family room - almost 'as is'...
Again with the high windows on low floors_full length of room works!