Letting Light Flow Through

I've been talking about doing this almost since the day I moved into this house but the time has now arrived!  It's finally time to allow a lot more light to flow through!!
If you've been following for any length of time, you'll know that at the beginning of each blog year I would post about what I wanted to accomplish that year.  This project was brought up several times but never worked on.  Maybe this photo will tweak some memories?


That photo is a few years old, I've since changed up the furniture and painted the walls creamy white.



After much thought and investigative work, I've determined that the wall between my living and dining room is definitely a load-bearing wall.  I can't remove the wall - so sad!!!  I can, however, build a much wider opening. 

This project is a couple of months away from being finished but I did get started this past week by tearing down the drywall so I could see how much light would be flowing in.  Please excuse my crappy, unstaged photos - these are from my cell phone.

This project began innocently enough.  I thought I'd just remove the door trim.



Oh well, let's just go ahead and remove the door jamb as well then...




Hmmm, even just that makes a big difference!


And then I figured it would stay like this until May when I had planned to do this job.  So I primed the raw wood so it wouldn't look so unfinished.


Silly me...


Here it is with the drywall and header removed.




A week went by and between suffering from a nasty flu bug and a snowstorm (ARGH!!!!) that brought 6" of snow this morning, I decided to take out my frustrations by removing the rest of the drywall covering the area where the new opening will be.


Tah daaaaahhhhhh!







Okay, so it doesn't look like much yet but with the amount of light flowing through and the fact that I now have a view from my sofa looking out the east window of the dining room this opening makes my heart sing!


The worst of this job is over - drywall removal is a messy, horrible job.  The framing is actually much simpler. Well except for the stuff I'm going to have to do in the crawl space to make sure this new opening is nice and strong so there are no problems in the future...

Something tells me this work will be done well before my holidays in May so stay tuned!

Have a wonderful week!


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15 comments:

Libby said...

Oh, it does look better already. Look at all that light beaming through! I find that when I'm in a space that doesn't receive proper lighting, it messes with my mood. Your place is definitely super cheery. Hope you have a full recovery from the flu and it's obvious that if you happen to get trapped indoors with the snow, you'll have much to keep you occupied. :-)

Patty said...

I love light too. Can you tell me where you got the picture of the red barn and flowers over your tv? I just love that picture. Thank you

Tania Pelletier said...

That does look SO much lighter and brighter already! You're like me sometimes... just can't wait to get a project done!!

Tania

Amy Ellis said...

I'm so excited for you. What a world of difference that extra light and open feeling makes!! Can't wait to see when it's done!

ANNE said...

I painted that picture, thank you for the compliment! xox

Audrey said...

Looking good already Anne. I am sure it will make both rooms look larger. You are so brave to tackle this. Will you have to patch the floor?
Hugs,
Audrey Z.

Reenie said...

Yea for more light!! :)

Karen Ploransky said...

The light is awesome, it looks great! I can't wait to see it all finished!

Junkchiccottage said...

"Let there be light"!!! You go girl. This is awesome. I know when you finish it up it will be beautiful. You are so courageous and I love that about you. This looks great.
Hugs,
Kris

Susie said...

Always remember "load bearing" . I do love looking out windows also. I do not cover my window with curtains that block the light. I love you house very much. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Now how in the world did I miss this post!!....You are amazing! You are making that lemonade again!...Looks so great and I cannot wait to see more!!! Hope you are feeling better and yes, what a winter this has been! xoxoxo's

Art and Sand said...

I need light in my home so I know just what motivated you. I can't wait to see what you do with that wall.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

The light flowing through is already beautiful. Can you add a pillar to each ide of the opening to keep your wall doing its "bearing" job?

Lisa Robinette said...

I have a similar round table in my kitchen that matches yours, except the legs are a tad different... I hate my table. I do love how you opened up your rooms though, lol.

ANNE said...

Aw that's too bad. I usually find when I dislike a piece of furniture, if I paint it in white or black I wind up really liking it. Thanks for visiting!