The Plan: DIY Kitchen Remodel & Removing a Structural Wall
Part 1: The Plan
If you had told me back in June that I’d be writing the first article about our kitchen remodel while listening to Christmas music I’d have laughed in disbelief. I thought it would be 2 months tops, and then once we got started the reality of the project’s size and all its components set in. Still, considering we only worked on the kitchen on weekends (and not every weekend) and the fact that we’re amateurs lol, I think we did pretty good time-wise. And here we are 5 months later in what feels like a completely new house and some pretty extreme DIY bragging rights 😉
I’ve decided to break down the kitchen remodel into a series of posts because it’s simply too much to share and far too many pictures to take in the whole process in just one. I also plan to sprinkle in some fun holiday articles along the way as well 🙂 But first I’ll share some pictures I took beforehand so you can get a good idea what it all looked like originally and I can explain our general game plan.
Okay, so the wall that the mirror is hanging on is the structural wall that we wanted to remove. You’ll also notice the arched doorways, which I referred to as our little mouse doors, that lead into the kitchen. One leads in from the living room and one from the hallway. The hallway mouse door would come down with the wall, and the plan was to raise/expand the living room one to make it feel like the rest of the doorways in the house.
Ah the ceiling. The ceiling in the kitchen was a huge issue for me. It was a solid 2 feet lower than all of the house. Our kitchen being located in the center of our house made it feel even more awkward like you needed to duck into this room. ‘Why was it like this?’, you ask. Well this part of the house has a differently pitched roofline probably because it was added onto the house at one time; more than likely as a sun porch/kitchen. So our plan was to raise it as much as possible.
The Other Side (yuck!)
Now on the other side of the structural wall was this lovely looking area. Apparently, there used to be a built-in floor to ceiling closet here that the previous owners took out because they had planned on moving the washer and dryer from the basement to this area. Personally I don’t mind the laundry being in the basement. When I looked at this space all I could see was square footage the kitchen could gain by removing the wall; almost 6 foot in fact.
Our friend, who’s a carpenter, came over and verified that it was indeed structural but that it could be removed and supported by a laminated beam. The scariest part of the whole ordeal was the fact that while we had a general idea of what we were going to do, until we started and really got in there we weren’t 100% on all the details. Some questions we had about those details being: will the beam and the beam support be able to be tucked into the wall so that the wall will be flush?, how high will we be able to get the kitchen ceiling?, what kind of ceiling line will there be between the kitchen and the hallway area and how can we make it look natural? and so on. But basically we just had to figure it out as we went, and what we had originally planned definitely evolved into something that I think turned out better than I could have hoped for 🙂
Be sure to ask any questions you might have in the comment section below 🙂 Can’t wait for you to see!!