Smell you later, WALLS

When I started blogging again, I promised some wall-knocking down shenanigans.  Today I get to make good on that promise, because walls have officially come down.  And we’re stoked, because it’s gonna be great.  To show off the progress, I first need to show some before pictures of our layout.   Before you see these, know that there was absolutely no staging, and no ‘decor’ to be found in our previous set up.  I’ve been holding off on doing much with the main living spaces until we finished the renovations.  So everything you see, including the paint on the walls, is basically how the house has been since we moved in.  Let’s start at the front door:
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This is the view as soon as you walk in…I’m standing in our entryway hall.  To your right is the hallway leading to our bedrooms and bathrooms.  The opening on the left leads to our living room.  And straight ahead you’ll see Jeff vacumming the fireplace in our second living room.  Yes, our house has 2 living rooms back to back, side by side.  Which we found redundant and a waste of space.  We knew that even if we put living furniture in both of them, the one with the tv would get used, and the other would sit untouched the majority of the time.  Our house isn’t really big enough to function well with a den and a formal living room, so we knew from the get go that we wanted to change the way these rooms are laid out.  Here’s a picture looking into living room #1:
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Straight ahead is the entrance into our dining area, if you walk into that room and turn right, it leads to the kitchen.  I know our Christmas tree was lame…we were technically supposed to do our renovations in December, so I left ornaments off since I knew it would have to be moved around.  We found out the second week of December that because of hurricane Sandy, our work would be postponed until January.  But at that point I wasn’t willing to schlep out the ornament boxes and dress up the tree.  So don’t judge my Christmas spirit, I have an excuse.  Here’s a close-up of the wall in the room that divides double living room:
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And on the other side of that wall you’ll find living room #2 complete with gross dingy carpet:
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The fireplace is behind me and to the right from this angle.  As you can see, living room #2 also leads into our kitchen.  Here’s another shot showing the back wall with sliders and the  corner of the fireplace:
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Moving on, here’s a look standing in the kitchen, on the left is the doorway into living room #2, on the right, doorway into the dining room:
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And here we are turning all the way right and looking into the dining room:
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Yes, the table cloth vaporized and the sofa from living room #2 has magically transported into the dining room.  Don’t ask questions, just go with it.  If you step into the dining room and turn left, you’ve come full circle, back to living room #1:
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Hopefully, that give you a decent understanding of the layout.  Now, let’s get down to the good stuff.  Before/after reno comparisons. Starting back at the front door, our entryway (for the full effect, you can click on each of these images for an enlarged view):
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Notice anything…missing?  We 86’d the wall dividing our two living rooms.  So now when you look into living room #1:
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You see the kitchen and both living rooms combined into one great room..here is the dividing wall before and after:
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We also removed the majority of the wall around the kitchen, here’s another comparison standing in what was living room #2 (carpet was removed to reveal linoleum, just what we were hoping to find);
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So we have a completely open concept.  Before/after standing in the kitchen:
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I don’t have a before picture of the entry doorway from the kitchen into the dining area, but for the record, we widened it.  This doorway used to be about half this size (it was tiiight):
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And then here’s the view from inside the dining area looking at living room #1:
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If you can’t tell, we’re closing up this wall.  The dining area will no become more of a room, with only one entrance – from the kitchen.  And it will no longer be a dining area.  But since this post is already pretty long, I’m not going to get into the new plans for each room/space.  I’ll be back with updates and more details as we make progress.  We’ve got new floors, new furniture, and drwall coming. I promise the pictures will get prettier.

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2 responses to “Smell you later, WALLS

  1. jen

    can’t even remember how I found your blog but I’m loving this, can’t wait to see it progress 🙂

  2. Kathy

    Love it, Can’t wait to see it finished!

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