Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bringing Down the House

The layout of the new place is such that you sort of enter through the backdoor, go through a mudroom, and find yourself in the kitchen.
From the door leading into the kitchen, there is an almost straight shot into the rest of the house...as you can see from this (very bad cell phone) picture.

From the very first time I walked through the house, I thought it would be great to be able to see straight through to the front door (which leads to an enclosed porch by the way).  I love sunshine in my house, so any chance to bring a little more into the house is always a plus.

I brought that subject up to Matt, and I thought his eyes might just fall out of his head.  Poor guy.  I didn't push the subject, but I kind of threw out a "well...just think about it for a while".

I am pretty sure he didn't really think about it at all, BUT when we tore down the paneling in the living room we found something that made my little heart jump!
We found this really funky 'wall' that was actually just a bunch of 1x8 boards nailed between two studs. It was suddenly pretty clear that this had originally been the doorway through here, but for whatever reason it was made smaller at one point.

At that point we were splitting our time between the living room and the bathroom (oh man...the bathroom...its...yowch), and while Matt was working in there I snuck over to the wall with my hammer and tried to sneakily pull down a plank or two.

You would not believe how loud those nails screeched, I was so busted.  Matt stuck his head into the room and just kind of smirked.  He knew it was coming...so he rolled with it.  Matt had to run out to the store then, so I ended up taking down the wall on my own (which is incredibly fun, by the way).  I had already been assured that this was not a loadbearing wall - but I totally chickened out on actually pulling down the stud on my own. But even with the stud still in place, you can really see how much this improves the flow of the house and since it is the first thing you see from the door...it was well worth the work!
Also - how pretty is that door?  And now you can see it! Yaaay! Also also - I CANNOT get that dang phone off of the wall.  But ANNNNYWAY....

The next day we had some more people over to help with some work - and they made short work of the remaining stud! We still have some work ahead of us to frame out the doorway and make it look a little less...you know...like a crackhouse, but you can see where we are heading now, right?

*Just a disclaimer - don't pull down any walls until you know for sure that they are not loadbearing! I don't want to be responsible for you knocking down your house, mmmkay?

13 comments:

  1. Woo hoo! Great improvement. This house is so gorgeous from the outside – can't wait to see its insides once you've worked your magic!

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    1. Thanks! We have got a long way to go - but I am so excited to have the chance to do it!

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  2. great improvement for sure!! i forgot what it looked like before :)

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    1. Thanks sis! It reminded me of when you guys knocked a doorway through your wall THE DAY AFTER GEMMA WAS BORN. I was so stressed out for you, haha.

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  3. Tone and I can't wait to see it!!

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    1. I cant wait to have everyone over again! Moving away made me realize how much I took that all for granted. Be warned though...Ill probably put you all to work! Haha

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  4. Great improvement!! I can't wait to see all you do inside. It definitely can use your help! The outside is adorable!

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    1. Thanks!! I just keep telling myself that all the terrifying 'befores' will makes the 'afters' all that much better!

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  5. I'm so behind on your posts, but holy bananas! You guys are doing tons of work already! Knocking walls down and all. It's coming along though!

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    1. Haha we are a bit on the gung-ho side!

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  6. Yayyyyyy! That looks so much better! Good work! :)

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    1. Thanks! I cant wait to see it all framed out and pretty!

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