The evening after purchasing my new home, Brian brought over a bottle of champagne, flowers, and a hammer (he always knows how to steal my heart). We immediately popped open the champagne (which - word to the wise, do not drink unless you have glasses) and got to hammering. It took me a minute to feel comfortable enough to actually hit the wall, but once I got started it was hard to stop!
The plan is to open up the space between the kitchen and the living room. The current galley kitchen feels claustrophobic and small, and the hope is that by opening up the shared wall between the kitchen and living room, it will give the illusion of more space.
After we made a small dent in the place, we called it a night and went home. The next day, a few of my students were at school (B.T.W - it's summer vacation already, why are they still hanging around at school?!) and were bored, so they followed me back to my place and I put them to work with the promise that they would get to destroy stuff. They ended up being very handy and helped take down my first layer of melamine cabinets. The boys then went to town destroying my wall.
I would only let the guys bust through certain portions of the wall because I was terrified of any plumbing that might be contained in the wall. When Brian got off work, we continued where my students left off, and tore through the rest of the wall. We did end up finding one pipe, however we are still unsure about its purpose or use (the current theory is a vent pipe).
We have pretty much left the wall here, and the next step is to take down the joists. I was already given the OK by an engineer that the wall is non-load bearing (whew!), so hopefully we will demo the rest sooner than later!
Hi! I'm Lauren! I'm a twenty-something teacher and homeowner in North Carolina. I love math, decorating, and getting down and dirty learning new things about home renovation and repair.