I’m an idea person. I can look at a room, or house, and start picturing walls coming down and cabinets being moved and new paint colors. But it will sometimes take me awhile to commit and actually start work.
My husband, on the other hand, is a work horse. I tell him my plan and he goes to work making my ideas happen — even if he’s not totally sure how it will work.
This is how our kitchen remodel began.
Our kitchen had one wall of cabinets and a lot of wasted space. It was walled off from the dining room and family room and I often commented to my husband how nice it would be to take down those walls.
But I hesitated. We knew that the wall between the kitchen and dining room is not load bearing, but we have a heat run on that wall that we don’t know how to move. And we weren’t sure if the wall between the kitchen and living room is load bearing.
My husband decided that after two months of talking, it was time to move. So one day I came from work and found this:
It was a surprise. After a few minutes of shocked silence, I began to see just how open the room felt. And the dining room also felt larger. I realize that’s hard to see in the picture. We have a lot of stuff crammed into the kitchen, including a rollaway dishwasher. But we had our first glimpse of the open concept we had hoped for.
Taking down a wall is surprising easy. We had to be careful with the electrical for the dining room light that was in the wall, but it’s really just a matter of putting a hole in the drywall and pulling.
When it came to the 2x4s, we used a hammer to separate them from the ceiling support. They came out fairly clean and we’re storing them to reuse on future projects.
As for the light switch, the electrical wiring came down from the attic, much to our pleasant surprise. We were expecting it to come from the floor since our electrical box is in the basement family room.
So my husband was able to climb up into the attic and move the switch to the remaining portion of the wall that separates the kitchen and living room.
As it turns out, the heat run was not something we could figure out on our own. We had a plumber friend from our church come over and remove it for $75.
So now we have our open concept between the kitchen and dining room and have some open holes in our ceiling, floor and wall. We’ll deal with those once we figure out the wall in the living room.