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Old 06-20-2013, 10:07 PM   #1
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Should this wall be knocked out or closed up??


Howdy,

I am doing some work on a house where the previous owner did some DIY "improvements" They decided to cut a big opening from the living room into the den, I understand the idea, more light, open feel. But it is done in an odd location and size, they screwed up the dry wall bullnose so I will need to remove it anyway.

I was thinking about removing the rest of the lower wall and have a larger space. The problem with that is the Den already has a window on one wall and open entries on two other walls, with one more open wall I think the room will loose its purpose.

Or should I just close up the space as it was originally.

I would appreciate any advice,
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:48 AM   #2
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I was thinking about removing the rest of the lower wall and have a larger space...
Look for the wiring and duct fittings that kept the last owner from doing that. Otherwise... properly support the ceiling load with beam/post and open it up altogether.
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:09 AM   #3
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Another possibility might be to combine the door and the opening into a new set of glass french doors. Perhaps with obscured (aka frosted) glass. This would continue to allow light through to the inner space but still allow for the room to have an enclosed feel. There's also the notion of using a high 'clerestory' window but that might seem a bit much for this space.

That way you wouldn't lose* the room's feel of being a separate space.

* I hate the misspelling of lose as loose.
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But in looking at the pictures a bit more, do I correctly note this room has those two entries with columns on each side? It's sort of a pass-through space?

It would probably help if post posted a floorplan of the space. There might be other ways to configure the layout that could work better for all of the rooms, not just these two.
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Get rid of those old 60/70's posts and knock out those half walls. As for that pass through, you could open it, but I would be finding out which way the rafters are going first. Can you draw in some lines on the pic which way the rafters are going across the house, and a floor plan of the whole floor also.
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