||08-11-2011 11:07 AM
converting walls opinions
I am contemplating completely taking down one wall and making big window-like openings in two others in order to opening up my downstair's living space. This area flows from the kitchen in the rear of the house to the living room in the front, with a dining room in the middle.
The two pictures labeled "kitchen left" show a 41.5" wide wall separating the stairs going upstairs and the dining area. My thought is to take this wall out completely. Does this make sense? There is no outlets, lights, or anything on either side. The alternative would be to take out the upper half and make a counter-like space.
The two pictures labeled "kitchen right" shows the wall on the opposite side of the doorway. It is 55.5" and is adjacent to the oven. On the dining area side of this wall is the thermastate and a window on the perpendicular exterior wall. There is also a baseboard heating duct entering the kitchen. My thought is to knock out the upper half , leaving just enough space in the corner to cover the cabinet between this wall and the stove. I'd then have a sort of walk up counter / breakfast / snack stand. In addition, an opening here would allow a partial view from the kitchen toward the front door.
In the "dining living" pictures, this is a 10' wall separating the living and dining room. My thought is to take this out completely, making one open space. However, it appears that the end is a steel stud?
If I were to just make an upper opening here, it wouldn't be centered on the front exterior window, which I guess isn't too big a deal. Thoughts?
My best guess is that each of these walls are non-load bearing as they run parallel to the basement joists below. I would get an expert opinion prior to knocking stuff down. But assuming these are non-load bearing, what are thoughts as to this plan?