Friday, July 15, 2011

Destruction Part Deux

Time for the last wall to come down.  

This time Dean did all the work himself. Construction is what he does for a living. He was sweet enough to let us all help the other night but it took twice as long & was 10 times as messy. He's such a sweetie to let us have a go at it though ;)

This wall came down in a little less than 30 minutes.

Dean was saying, "See how it's done babe" :) 


He sawzalled the other side of the wall. 

The girls peeking through before the wall came totally down. 



Here it is completely open! Dean hammered the nails so they wouldn't be hanging down. This whole remodel process will happen in a few steps.  

The wall where my art stuff is will have a built in book shelf that will go all the way to the wall. It will close off the other useless entrance to the kitchen & allow more wall space in the kitchen. I'm so excited to have a giant bookshelf in our home. I have most of my books in storage & the girls shelves are overflowing. It will be so lovely to have them easy to access & enjoy.

The first step is to pull up the Pergo flooring & raise the dining room floor up to the rest of the house. This is the same said floor I fell & broke my hand on last year. I can't even count how many people have tripped or fallen when walking into our sunken dining room or up to the kitchen. It's so dangerous & I know it will be nice to have it gone. Then we will be adding a nice archway to add a small amount of separation to the rest of the living space. The entry to the spare bedroom will go on the other side of the piano. Yep, we are adding another room on :) No we are not expecting another baby, lol!

Eventually the whole kitchen ceiling will be raised to match the rest of the house & slate floors will be put in the kitchen & dining room. 

All the ceilings will be scraped & can lights added. Someday down the road we will replace that corner fireplace with a wood burning stove. Eventually we will get new lighting fixtures for the dining room & kitchen but those are later on down the road. The biggest thing is getting that new room built. It already feels so open & lighter in our home. I'm really looking forward to all of these changes. I'll share photos as we go.

4 comments:

Mrs. Officer Andelin said...

That is amazing the difference it makes!

Seriously, keep us posted!

Jamee
xoxo

Artfulife said...

Thanks Jamie :) We are ripping up the floor today! So exciting.

Elissa said...

AWESOME!! it is so open that way... i love it. can't wait to see how it all comes together :-)

Matt, Kenna and Hannah said...

I love when a home is open. The family seems more connected that way. what a project. Matt and I have been refinishing our dining table since the first of the year. Our collection of tools has surpassed our excuses for not getting the job done. Thanks for the inspiration.

P.S. Tomorrow Matt and I will start juicing. Elizabeth said she plans on talking to you and will pass on your 411 to us.