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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 walls. 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 you want