Demo in Progress, Opinions on Dividing Wall (pic heavy)
We're finally in progress on our renovation: combining a 12x12 kitchen with a 12x14 dining room to make an eat-in kitchen. In the process we are also touching the adjacent rear foyer and updating the family room (plus matching or updating flooring in the hall, hall bath).
Here's a view of the before of part of the old kitchen -- minus stuff as this was taken just before we began demo. It looks in better shape than it actually was, btw. It's not a recently remodeled white kitchen that is being taken out. The remodel is driven by the need to make the space more functional and to better utilize some underused space:
And the wall that divided formal dining from the kitchen. The underused formal dining room is being combined with a large underused formal living room to make one space that will be equally underused:
and the side entrance leading to the rear foyer, which opens into the family room.
Here's Day 1:
And here's how it looks after the studs came down, notice the small door to the left which leads to the main entry foyer.
And in the other direction, notice the door to the rear foyer:
Sorry for the dim photo, it was at 7:30 am today!
My question for everyone is... should we proceed ahead with the partial removal of the wall on the right of the photo shown above. We have the ability to enlarge the opening from 33 inches to about six feet. It would then create a large opening to the rear foyer, which then has a large 7 foot opening into the family room in back. Or, would you keep the wall in place, maintaining the symmetry between the two doors along that wall? This is what the contractor thinks. (Remember, there is a door on the opposite end that leads to the entry foyer.) This wall removal is more pricey than just a wall removal, because it is a bearing wall and there is a need to replace a water heater to a model that can vent out the side of the basement below.
Here's a photo on the opposite side of the wall/entry that can be enlarged:
This post was edited by gooster on Wed, Mar 20, 13 at 0:44