First, I want to apologize for Rob’s absence. I’m sure the lack of smart and witty writing on this blog has not gone unnoticed. This period of inactivity will have to be narrated by me, since I get to do all the planning for the truly bustling periods. Rob gets veto power, of course. Besides, I’m sure Rob is just as happy watching his many new DVDs.
I am far too excited about the subject of this post. Mostly because the answer had puzzled me for such a long time, since before we even bought the house. Can you believe it? And I even found a simple, inexpensive solution.
The problem is the wall separating the kitchen from the living room. In addition to the uncased opening, there is also a passthrough window. I’ve never been a fan of passthrough windows. To me, they represent the desire to open up a space without making the commitment.
To give you a better idea of how the wall is currently, here is a little floor plan I whipped up. Looks like you’ll also get a sneak peak of how I plan to arrange the furniture discussed here.
1) The green highlighted portion is the wall in question.
2) This circulation path represents our common path of travel when leaving the house or arriving home (we typically exit through the garage). Notice how much it winds to get out of the kitchen and into the living room. It’s exhausting just thinking about it.
3) The shaded triangle represents the view upon entering the front door. The shaded triangle hits so many unnecessary points of the house: the bifold doors to the bar, the second uncased opening to the kitchen, the side of a kitchen cabinet. Who wants to see that upon entering the house?
This is the exact view I’m talking about in a picture that was taken on our second viewing of the house. Obviously, it was an issue to me even then!
And here is a section view of the wall. Seems choppy, don’t you think?
Solutions that I had considered included connecting the two openings to create a face-down L-shape, taking down the entire wall in question, and closing up the passthrough window completely. So what did I finally choose? Read on…
1) Close up the existing uncased opening.
2) Knock out the wall underneath the passthrough window to create a new doorway.
It will look something like this:
1) Here’s the new opening and entry into the kitchen. Can you imagine the amount of light that will pour through the doorway?
2) The circulation path is much more direct.
3) What a nice expanse of wall just begging for some art.
And a clean wall with a wide, welcoming doorway. Doesn’t our geometrically advanced friend look so much happier?
There are a couple awkward situations the new doorway creates – the small nook now dedicated to the bar, and the step down and step back up required to travel from the kitchen to the dining room. But it solves more problems than it creates, so I’m thrilled.
The best part? No structural beams are required to support the new opening since it already exists; and no electrical wiring will have to be rerouted since both outlets on that wall occur on either side of the opening (of course it would have to, because where would the wiring go if an outlet were located directly under an opening, but you weren’t questioning me, right?). So stay tuned. I can’t promise it will happen any time soon, but what a difference it will make when it does!