|Existing opening from dining room to kitchen.|
In order to make the opening wider, though, the existing pantry would need to be removed, which would mean even more of a lack of storage space. So, onto tearing down another wall to make space for a new pantry. See the wall that Rachel (my niece) is drawing on? That wall, and her beautiful dragon art was headed for the trash (Sorry Rachel!). Behind this wall was some duct work that was easily moved (there was a minor mishap with my dad's finger, but who needs all ten fingers to play the guitar anyways? moving on...) and voila! Our new HUGE pantry space was created! Such an easy fix for a space that was being used for absolutely NOTHING! We are actually noticing that a lot in this home. The builder took some shortcuts in order to not have to buy custom cabinets, showers, etc. which is pretty common in the spec home building industry. If there is a "dead space" in question, take a hammer, punch a few holes through the drywall and take a peak. You may be surprised at what you find (or don't find!).
|Empty Wall on Left of Fridge and Old Pantry on Right of Fridge. The little person is Rachel, my niece, finally given permission to write on the walls!|
|Opening to dining room opened up, old pantry removed, and dead space wall removed to make way for our new pantry space.|
|Hello new pantry! I LOVE how big and spacious you are!|
The existing kitchen had a wall separating the view from the kitchen into the den. The den is where we know most of our time will be spent so we wanted to make sure that the "flow" was interrupted by some silly little wall. It was really important to me to be able to be in the kitchen and still have my eyes on whomever was in the den, and to still be able to watch Real Housewives while being a real housewife.
|Divider wall on the right, separating the kitchen from the den.|
|Drywall removed, and plumbing revealed.|
|Woo Hoo! We have Flow!|
The last wall to come down was a small header leading into the kitchen from the front door hallway. Again, a very simple change that really helps to open things up.
|Before. The wood header was removed to open things up.|