If houses were simply collections of
adjoining walled boxes, we would all
die of boredom or live outside in tents.
Instead, we enjoy letting rooms flow
into one another across ambiguous
boundaries. In both new construction
and renovation, we need techniques for
separating spaces without using the
complete barriers created by full-height
In renovations, we often need to split
up existing rooms without creating a
maze of little walled spaces. The spacedivision
problem in renovation is further
complicated when we pull down a
wall between rooms to discover that for
structural reasons we must leave some
remnant of the old partition, such as a
dropped beam or post.
Why Use a Partial Enclosure?
Partial enclosures are useful whenever