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.
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!
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!
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?