Warm wood, translucent etched-glass panels, and a hydronically heated concrete floor create a sophisticated yet hardworking entry for the home in Palo Alto, California. The 8- by 20-foot space features stained maple cabinetry lining one side, with a closet for coats and a 4-foot bench above a shoe-storage space. Sleek built-ins include a drawer unit that also opens from the living room, on the other side of the partition.
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Design: Lindy Small Architecture, Oakland (lindysmallarchitecture.com or 510/251-1066).