When we purchased our farmhouse, there was a living room separated from another slightly smaller room by a wall. This other room wasn’t carpeted, so we set up our dining space in this room, although we never planned to keep it arranged this way for long.
Carrying food and dishes to and from this room from the kitchen is inconvenient and awkward. The living room, however, connects to the kitchen; it wouldn’t be difficult at all to carry the dishes the short way from the kitchen to this room. We decided to take down the wall dividing the two rooms. That way, we can make a dining space to the right of the original living room, right in front of the window, then open up the rest of the space to be a larger living room.
Our first task was to figure out whether this wall was a load-bearing wall.
Ryan began by removing the sheetrock to get a good look at the wall. There is no header above the doorway in this wall, which is usually a good sign that the wall is non load-bearing.
However, we know that many times people make “improvements” to homes without following proper procedure. We didn’t want to blindly follow another homeowner’s opinion on the wall. It’s very difficult to get a good picture of what’s going on with the ceiling joists above this wall just from this slice in the ceiling. We went back and forth on whether we felt this wall was load-bearing. Then, Ryan discovered the ceiling was open in the furnace room, which is next to the wall. Taking a peek in there, we can see one ceiling joist, and it’s running parallel to the wall. A wall running parallel to the ceiling joists cannot be supporting the weight above it. That would make this wall a non load-bearing wall. We are still going to have our neighbor, who works in construction, come and take a look at the situation and give us his professional opinion before we do anything with the wall. So I’ve been living with exposed wall studs for a couple weeks now.
Does anyone else agree opening this space will be an improvement?
I can now visualize how this space will look and feel when the wall is down. The whole room feels brighter and I love the unobstructed views of the windows on all three sides. The rooms feel larger than they ever did being divided in two.
While waiting for confirmation on the wall, Ryan pulled up the carpet and began installing the new floor in the future dining space.
We chose to continue the wood flooring from the kitchen into this room.
While we do still have our living room furniture in here, this is just temporary until we get the wall down and new carpeting installed in the future living room. Then I’ll finally be able to set up these rooms the way I would like them to be.
I have not felt settled since we moved in here. Knowing these rooms would eventually be flipped has caused me to not hang up one single family picture or piece of wall décor. I haven’t even unpacked those boxes since moving in over a year ago! I have no desire to do “interim” decorating. I can’t bring myself to do things that I know will be redone shortly thereafter. I don’t like to just throw pictures on the walls. I like to carefully consider where each thing should go and arrange them accordingly. So, my house has remained completely bare since moving in.
Once we get the wall down and the new flooring installed, I can paint the walls, arrange my furniture and finally “move in.” I will be able to hang up my beautiful family photos and put my personal touch on each wall. I have been waiting for this moment for over a year. It’s almost here!