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Old 03-01-2010, 02:47 PM   #1
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kitchen design: should we remove inner wall(s)?

We have a split level house. The 1-story part of the house where the dining room, the living room and the kitchen are is a square and the kitchen itself is a square in the corner of the big square. The kitchen is about 10' X 10' and the entire area is about 20 X 20. All our appliances, the sink, cabinets etc are along the outer walls. We're completely remodeling the kitchen and trying to decide whether to remove either of the two inner walls between the kitchen and the living/dining area.

We've seen a couple of houses with a very similar layout and size with both walls removed. The entire area seems to be bigger because of that. You can also talk to someone who's in the living room from the kitchen, there is more light in the room etc. At the same time, we're concerned about opening the space too much so that we could see all the junk in the living/dining room from the kitchen and all the junk in the kitchen from the rooms and the front entrance. So we're leaning toward removing just one of the walls. This is the wall between the dining room and the kitchen, and this will give us easier access from the kitchen to the dining room table.

By the way, we currently eat in the kitchen (we have a small table there) and we want to keep it this way.

Are there any other considerations that we should take into account when figuring out whether to remove one wall, both or neither?

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Old 03-01-2010, 04:34 PM   #2
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I would certainly think about taking down at least one wall. 10x10 is a pretty small kitchen by today's real estate standards and the trend is to open up the spaces. Maybe add a pass through on the other wall?
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:28 AM   #3
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Are the walls load bearing? Can they be moved without a major modications? (unless money is no object) Wiring to be moved? Pipes to be moved? Both drain and supply lines? Gas line? Furnace ducts? Will there be enough upper cabinet space without the wall? (or lower for that matter) Just a few things to consider.
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Late to the thread and not sure if you've done the deed yet, but wanted to throw out another consideration... I guess it would be applicable to anyone looking to take down a wall between a living room and kitchen. We just did this and my wouldn't believe me until the wall was down, but the living room will get smaller. The overall space might look bigger but the actual usable living room space will get smaller. This is simply a function of losing a wall to put furniture on. Any furniture that was on that wall will now need to be moved up three to five feet. Another inconvenience we noted was that we lost a wall to hang art on.

Just a couple of observations.
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:59 AM   #5
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When doing any sort of kitchen remodeling now days the idea is to make the area more open. People tend to centralize around the kitchen and having it open makes the other rooms flow better and makes those adjoining rooms more functional for parties, gatherings and every day use.
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