Who couldn’t use a bit more flow in their lives? We decided to add a bit more flow to our house last weekend by opening up the wall between the kitchen and living room. It was a tough sell to Cam and one I’ve been pitching since we moved into this house. He started to come around to the idea last week and thank goodness because any day I was going to use his sawzall to start the project whether he liked it or not! I had become convinced that we needed the wall opened up and he gladly agrees with me now that it’s finished.
Before this renovation, we were either in the kitchen and dining room side of the house OR in the living room side. The terribleness of this is especially pronounced when we have guests and everyone but me is in the living room because I’m busy making tea or supper.
This wall was originally open when the house was first built so it was a relatively easy project. Cam took great care to keep the dust and debris from invading the whole house by hoarding each side of the wall and vacuuming with each step. It’s not perfectly finished but after capping and trim it will be enough until we decide what we want to do with the kitchen. The previous owners did a lot of their own work to the house and the kitchen cabinets are poorly built and painted with latex paint over oil so paint flecks usually have to be wiped out of our pots before we use them.
I’m so very happy with our living space being more open and flowing. Our kitchen table is back being the heart of the home. Lily especially is happy sitting at the table with writing and drawing projects constantly on the go. The natural light while working or eating at the table is amazing and there is much more room when entertaining friends!
Before from the living room side: