It’s been awhile since we’ve done any big projects around the house. It’s been almost two years since we built on our master bedroom addition and since then, it’s just been small things here and there.
Scott and I are both getting an itch to do something we’ve been batting around for quite some time. The thing is, I still can’t decide whether I want to or not and I’d really like your input.
One thing I really wanted with this house but didn’t exactly get was an open floor plan between our living room, dining room and kitchen. While there’s a nice open space to our kitchen, it’s not what I would call open.
Please excuse the dog crate with the John Deere blanket. It’s just what it is.
We’ve been thinking of tearing out these top cabinets, or at least half of them, and knocking a hole through that wall so we have an island with a counter and bar stools.
I’ve been messing around in PhotoShop and while I’m no Layla or Kevin from The Lettered Cottage, I think the photos I did might give you a visual of what we’re thinking of doing.
Option 1 would only knock out part of the wall facing the dining room. In this way, I can salvage half the cabinets up top and minimize seeing any mess in the kitchen with that short wall.
Option 2 would knock out the entire wall above the bottom cabinets.
With this option I lose all my upper cabinets and I’m pretty concerned about the mess at the stove you could see from the living room as well. We’d have to deal with repairing the ceiling too. Oh, and our contractor told us we’d need to add a support beam in the attic.
However, this option really opens up the room and I don’t think it would cost much more.
So, whaddya think? Leave it alone, partial wall or tear the whole thing down?