Large Spindles separate raised Dining Room from Kitchen, Help!

jsl225September 18, 2010

I have a raised dining room off of the kitchen that is separated by

railing and very Large outdated Spindles. I am not sure if it is

structurally needed. I'd like to either remove them or perhaps

box them into columns? Has anyone seen done this? Any suggestions?

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Moccasin

How about uploading a picture of the situation? A view from the kitchen side, and then a view from the dining room side back toward the kitchen.

In one of the HGTV shows where there was a difference in the levels, they took out a railing and instead installed a bank of shelving/seating, which gave storage on the low side and seating surface on the high side.

If your spindles are full height from floor to ceiling in the dining room, make sure they are not load bearing. Even then, the first option I mentioned COULD be used in the spots where the columns can be removed.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2010 at 1:28PM
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ellendi

Someone here built a bar (island?) that had stools on the living room side and shelves on the kitchen side.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2010 at 1:43PM
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jsl225

There is a header for the dining room and a
column at one point. I have base board heat
so that is on the outside of the raised room. There
isn't really any room to add a bar or etc since
it connects right into the kitchen and between
my living room & the family room on the opposite
side. I've added photobucket pictures, hopefully
it loads!

Here is a link that might be useful: Spindle Pictures

    Bookmark   September 18, 2010 at 1:54PM
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jsl225

http://m1008.photobucket.com/albums/Jsl225/?pbauth=1_uLEBonVPfaLdh1h3YMYz2ZGMhFsjtIlQ9VSbwjeydSVDXxJWnHGAz0sMdXrNkFDrBxhztjTxCuxHjVdgt8yuZa9QrnuTSr0j09rVT%2Fackl2SEg5fI3BAKT1%2FWiVON31eNgkFhbXl%2BpchxC0qdL6laRkha4RojqLe

    Bookmark   September 18, 2010 at 2:15PM
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