My hubby and I purchased a 1970 Cape 1600 sgf. We love the home. However the rooms are all chooped up. We have 2 livingrooms and narrow kitch and diningroom. We would like to open up but the stairwell goes right in the moddle of the house. We would like to have 1 large living room. We have just had twins so space is desperatly needed. I am so new to all of the home improvements so I thought i would come and ask some of the experts here. I have been reading your site for awhile, so I thiught i would join. You all seem so knowledgable.
I was wondering how we could open our rooms. Would it cost much to just knock all the walls out and redo the entire floor plan? Its a 2 story so just not sure. Also who could I call to help me make a new floor plan utilizing the space I have?
Thanks bunches for your help:-)
You've got the wrong style house for an open floor plan, but it can be done. If I'm not mistaken, Capes use a considerable number of load bearing walls and removing walls is not something you want to do without consulting an engineer or a building professional. There is definitely work that can be done and done yourself if you feel so inclined, but you need to verify your plans w/ a pro first. Now, if you want to just let someone else handle it all and work w/ you to come up w/ a great new plan and execute it, it sounds like you should just find yourself a good contractor and go from there.
This is some very vague advice, but maybe it will help. If the stairs come straight down, maybe you could build a landing a few steps up and turn them 90 degrees a few steps up, then they will not be right in the middlde of the house, and you could rearrange the space they were taking up.