My husband and I are undergoing a kitchen remodel which includes removing the wall separating the living room and kitchen to create an open floor plan. We have a 1940's home with great charm that includes a beautiful cove in the livingroom that we'd like to preserve in this process. The wall we are removing is not load bearing and there is no cove on the kitchen side of the wall. The cove starts about 7 inches from the ceiling height of 8 feet. What we plan to do is remove the wall on the kitchen side, and try to support the cove in the living room, and cut underneith it where we will remove the rest of the wall. Does anyone have any advice for how to support the cove, or cut the studs without cracking the cove? Any advice would be appreciated. THANKS!