Remodeling my livingroom & familyroom

sumsinApril 6, 2012

I have a wall between my familyroom and living room that are next to each other. This poses a problem when I have a big gathering. People all tend to go to the family room where I have the TV. And the living room just sits there by itself lonely. I am thinking to take the wall between down so it will make the whole area look bigger/airy and also allow people to spread out more between these two rooms. In this way I can get more use from the living room. Not sure if the wall is a "load bearing one"" or not. Will find out soon.

Just started talking to a few contractors. Can you tell me what kind of questions I should ask the contractors to make sure I get a good estimate and more importantly a good job. How much ($$) are we talking about approx for this job? Just making sure that I can afford the job on the ballpark.

Please share your expereince and advise. thnx

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renovator8

I would consider making the opening between the two spaces wider instead of removing it altogether. If it is a structural wall only a larger header over the larger opening would be needed and possibly reinforcement below for the new posts that support the ends of the header.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2012 at 4:55PM
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sumsin

Yes I measured the wall finally. Its 14'. so keeping 2' each side and a header would be good. Still I would get 10' opening which is nice.
Now that Im looking carefully, I need to move the vent return, wall cable jacks and other electric plug points from that wall to somewhere else.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2012 at 4:23PM
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sumsin

Yes I measured the wall finally. Its 14'. so keeping 2' each side and a header would be good. Still I would get 10' opening which is nice.
Now that Im looking carefully, I need to move the vent return, wall cable jacks and other electric plug points from that wall to somewhere else.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2012 at 7:10PM
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