Affordable options to open up this supporting kitchen wall and add cou
July 17, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Hello everyone, I am looking to open up my kitchen to view the living room and add counter space without spending crazy amounts of money, so my thoughts here are to add base cabinets in either the same dark cabinetry as the rest of the kitchen and giving it all a new countertop (I'm thinking a greyish laminate or carrera marble type laminate) or doing white cabinets with light wood butcher block countertop. I love the look of option 2 but how to make it cohesive with everything else? I'm also planning to do a white beadboard backsplash and adding brushed nickel door hardwear, and replacing the lighting with cans and under cabinet. As far as opening up this wall, I'm open to suggestions! Thank you!
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Dar Eckert
It looks like an island would work in the corner where you are removing the wall. Can you remove the wall between he living area and the short wall that abuts it? Then you can steal area from the adjoining rooms for counter and stools.
July 17, 2013 at 8:48am     
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Thank you for the suggestions, the wall is a supporting wall so I'm thinking of cutting it open and taking out the half wall to the left.
July 17, 2013 at 11:00am   
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Amy Thompson
I had almost the exact set up we moved the stove into the island and made a peninsula/bar out of that wall
July 18, 2013 at 5:23am     
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If you are thinking about opening a wall you need to bring on an architect or structural engineer for advice.
July 18, 2013 at 4:36pm   
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Amy, could you send more images? I have the same kitchen and would love to see how it all flows together.
July 19, 2013 at 7:41am   
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Marilyn Wilkie
A good carpenter/contractor can help you here. Our go-to guy opened up our kitchen to the living room (bearing wall) by suspending a beam up over the ceiling so that it doesn't show. The ceiling between the two rooms just flows. We would never have thought of that. We knew we needed professional help in this case.
July 19, 2013 at 8:00am   
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Amy Thompson
cmdardia I have before during and after pics posted in my project you can see at (I am still organinzing the pics so their kind of all over the place)
July 19, 2013 at 8:55am     
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