To tear out or to not tear out this wall? That's the question.
dorothyblake
September 10, 2013
The main door is tucked in this alcove. Should I tear out the partial wall that creates this separation to achieve a more open & contemporary look? The area will open up more onto an informal dining area.
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Margo
Are you saying your main door is what looks like a closet??
    Bookmark   Thanked by dorothyblake    September 10, 2013 at 12:13PM
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dorothyblake
The closet would stay; the door would hinge on the opposite side.
    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 12:14PM
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dorothyblake
The above photo shows the wall - which could be taken back by about half.
1 Like    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 12:15PM
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Margo
How about making it a half wall? Then you could still use that corner but it would open it up ;)
    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 12:15PM
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dorothyblake
I hadn't thought about that option! My builder feels it would alleviate a 'crunch' point. He is right . . . just need to be brave enough to really open it up!
    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 12:30PM
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Margo
Be brave;)
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dorothyblake
I like your style! Thanks for your vote.
1 Like    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 12:37PM
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decoenthusiaste
I think you'll regret cutting that wall back because it allows for a "jump-in" space, like homes with front doors right in the living area and no foyer. I'd be removing the closet and adding a pair of doors for some real drama. Looks like you have room for a round foyer table right in front of the new double doors and the arch into the other room.
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dorothyblake
Nice! Thanks!. And, the plan is to take out the arch and square it off at the ceiling.
    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 12:49PM
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dorothyblake
Yes, I think you have a very good point. I think the vote is now 5 keep; 3 tear out.
    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 1:12PM
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decoenthusiaste
Please post your results when the project is done!
    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 4:03PM
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ReSquare Architecture + Construction
You may want to have a local pro confirm that wall isn't bearing before you hack it out of there. Hard to imagine it framed in a way that this wall isn't holding up the entry soffit one way or another. And to keep it up without a wall will take some significant reframing beyond just the wall.

Also, consider the flooring once the wall is gone: how will you fill the flooring gap where the wall was?

Maybe just cut in a headered opening into the wall to make a visual connection to other spaces but retain the definition and scale of the entry space the wall provides.
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dorothyblake
This will be a big renovation that will be completed by end of December/early January. Stay tuned!
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RosemaryR
Can't wait, good luck.
    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 6:12PM
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dorothyblake
The wall stayed and the work is progressing well; we are looking for the grand reveal end of April.
    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 2:49PM
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