Opening Up Rooms

I've been working away at creating a much wider doorway between my living and dining rooms.  It's been an odyssey - but then every construction project I take on seems to go that way!!  


It turns out that I was quite right about the wall being load-bearing so I'm happy I overcompensated with the size of the lintel above the new doorway.  The amount of light and the better airflow means that there is some energy savings from this project as well as aesthetics.   The rooms both feel more spacious, I don't need to turn on more than one light at night and the heating/cooling systems work more efficiently with the air being able to circulate more easily.  Win-win-win!


This is how the doorway looked when I began this project

I began by tearing out the old door jamb and then the drywall from the area of wall that I wanted to open up.


 



Then the baseboards came out and the studs which I reused to support the new lintel (header beam).  The lintel is 2x10 with 1/2" plywood sandwiched in between.  And it was HEAVY.  I wound up dropping it once and gouged the wood floor, sigh...  






I went with a farmhouse look when trimming out the opening and I'm glad I did.  I really love this look.  During this several month long odyssey, I also went through a furniture purge and pieces moved from room to room in the process.  Of course then I needed to refinish pieces so that everything fit in better, but I'll save that for my next post.  


Meanwhile, here's the new opening, newly installed with primer applied





And now freshly painted:










The floors are still to be refinished.  I opted to paint the trim the same colour as the wall so that project is ongoing but so far I'm thrilled with the way this project came together.

Next year I'll be replacing this window with a much larger one




I'm not completely decided on what the window will look like but I'm thinking of this arrangement (middle window with sidelights minus the window seat).  What do you think?



Have a wonderful weekend!


15 comments:

  1. It looks so great opened up Anne. I love this. I also love the sample inspiration window too. That would look so great and really let in so much light. You go girl.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  2. Beautiful. Really connects the two spaces.
    Perfect new window.
    S

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    1. Thanks so much! It worked out even better than I imagined it would xox

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  3. What a difference that made!! Looks great!!

    I have a boxed out window like what you show in my dining room now. It is a 2 window thing, a 2 foot cantilever and no window seat. I have a low gate leg table in front of it, which I use as a server when having guests. Makes the room look so big and bright.

    You are such a hard worker, love all your projects!!!

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    1. Thank you! I don't know if I can have a cantilever design since there isn't a proper foundation on the old part of the house so it would just be the 3 windows (a double hung in the center and two fixed between the stud windows on either side). Can't wait until that gets done!! xoxox

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  4. Lintel? Your expertise is amazing. What a difference before and after. The plan for the dining window would make even more of a change. Fabulous Anne!!!

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  5. Looks great. Love the trim. The new bigger window will look great.

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  6. Oh, Anne. This was so worth the labor of love involved in opening up your space. Love, love. And that larger window would be a dream!

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  7. Saved as a favorite, I love your blog!

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    1. How nice! Thank you and welcome!

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  8. You amaze me!

    It is amazing what removing a wall, or part of one, can do. When we removed one wall in our dining room it opened up our whole house.

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  9. Hey my girl, I am thrilled to see blogging. I thought you gave it up. Yay, you're here. I have much to catch up on with your home I'm sure.

    I have been in and out. New meds, pup situations and makeovers.

    You still have it and even more. I'm in awe of this job. Wow did things open up. Love what you're thinking with the window

    Blogging has changed so much now that I am getting back in the groove. I feel somewhat displaced, lol

    I'll be catching up on what you have been up to

    Hugs,

    Cindy

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  10. The new opening is absolutely amazing. Everything looks lighter and brighter... And the new window project seems perfect.

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  11. What an accomplishment! I know from experience what an impact opening a wall up can have on everyday life. Congratulations! And I love the window you have in mind, too.

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