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pjsolmon's ideas - Kitchen
Easy access to outside from the kitchen - for grilling, for letting the dog in/out, etc. Also, it's motivating by being able to see so much of the outside.
this one shows a 'hidden' pantry or doorway to somewhere else
I like this table idea - taller, seating for 4. Lots of aisle space (width).