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Removing a Wall Could Be Easier Than You Think

By Our Lake Life on Apr 01, 2013

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Anyone want to see some walls taken down? OK good, because that’s what we have for you today: A 14 foot opening where a wall used to be. It’s was a lot of work on Bryan’s part and a lot of cleaning allergy-inducing dust in every nook and cranny of the house on my part. But after the dust had settled it was so worth it.

It’s changed the whole feel of the house.

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We started with an off center doorway and cutout that helped to open the room up a bit but it still felt somewhat outdated. When we took the wall down, we were left with some electrical that needed to be moved around.

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Fortunately for us, Bryan’s Dad (a former electrician) came by to help Bryan move the wiring. It was a big job and took them most of a day to get it all moved and back together.

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What was left was a couple of 2 x 4’s holding up the wall. The old owner had cut out almost all of the supporting posts which was kind of scary to see.

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We put up a brand new header which involved all hands on deck (including mine)! We held the beam up, slid it into place and slid the old supports out.

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It’s amazing what a difference the lack of a wall can make. The whole house feels larger has a more open modern. It’s completely changed how the house looks and how we feel about the space. We still need to replace some sheetrock and will add some molding to finish off the opening soon. I can’t wait.

PS: Did you spot the dresser in the kitchen? It’s standing in for an island to help us visualize if we’d like one there. The verdict’s still out on how big the actual island will be but we love the idea of adding one there.

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