The good and the bad of 'great' rooms :)
I'm considering taking down the wall, between the living room and what is now a bedroom with half bath. If I did, it would give me a much bigger kitchen/dining area where the bedroom/bath is now...and would open up gorgeous views of our creek and back hill with pine trees. It would also give me room to add a sun/screen porch onto the back. My old farmhouse is a complete electrical/plumbing redo, so I have to put a whole new kitchen in either way.
What is now the dining room, kitchen and full bath/utility porch would become two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It's an interesting approach, but I'm wondering, how much do you like your "great" rooms, those that have them. I'm not used to having the kitchen open to the living room, but the best feature of the house is the brick fireplace in there. The kitchen/dining area would be in the back, with the porch behind, where I could have more room for a table and chairs, if I wanted to dine out there.
It would be easier to leave the kitchen/dining room where they are and the bedroom in the back, but I don't want to spend all this time and money, remodeling and not like the results. I love traditional cottage/farmhouse feel, but I think a more open concept might be more fun...and I want to use my spaces everyday. What do you all think? Any suggestions?
Thanks for the input :)