The first order of business was to put a door from the kitchen to the family room and rest of house. Guess what we found? There had actually already been a door there! Someone had just covered it over and made a wall-yeah crazy.
So that is where it stayed in terms of remodeling. I hated the rock arch but didn't want to loose the whole wall between the living room and family room. Scott wanted to get rid of the whole wall-not not happening! I was brought up in the era of separate rooms that each had it's own function. I didn't like the open concept AT ALL!!! We "discussed" it back and forth for 12 LONG years. If you ever want to test your marriage just decide to remodel something. Finally in November 2015 we decided we wanted to move the baby grand from the front room to the little family room because we needed the bigger space with the grands starting to grow and multiple. We realized that the only way to move it was to hire someone or to take the wall out. I just said "ok, go for it". And he did. Thanksgiving weekend. Yep. That time when family is around and cooking and watch football. Just add in hammers and demolition dust and perfect!!
Here is the hated arch Scotty helping with the first hole
Hunter and Evie also got a chance to play with the hammers!!
The temporary wall is up!
And it is gone!!
All this work is just so exhausting!!!
Yep! That's a hole! Had to put a new header in with a little help from friends and family
At that point, I declared the project on hold until after Christmas. It was time to trim the tree enjoy the openness and just relax. Yes, I admit I looked at it and exclaimed "We should have done this years ago!"
I have NO idea why Hunter is wearing his shirt this way-just go with the flow
Finally, after all the festivities and fun, Scott went back to work on the ceiling and floor.
I don't know how she sleeps like this!
Fast forward a year to November 2016. Scott was home for Thanksgiving vacation and I was running off to work for a couple hours. Just in talking before we left about how much we loved having opened that first wall up, I causally commented "sometime we should just open the other one up to the dining room." This is what I came home to:
REALLY!? During the holidays again!?
Had to add another header but looking great!
And in the wall we found this thing! What do you do with it? it was just there, capped off. So hey! just cut it below floor level and put the cap back on! That is what we eventually did.
This Christmas' project was to finally build a TV cabinet. Scott did a great job and I am sooo happy with the way it turned out!
Here is the final look with the wall removed! Isn't it so much bigger without a wall? You can see where the wall was by the floor board.
Can you imagine how tight this was with TWO walls dividing the space!? Now we can really spread out and have room for everyone. I can even sit at the table and do things and still watch tv. You can still see where the ceiling needs to be painted but who cares about little details right?
Thanks Scott for the great work and continuing to gently push me out of my comfort zones!