When we originally bought the house, we planned to knock down both the wall between the formal living and dining rooms and the one between the dining room and kitchen, and make it into one big open great room. G thought that with the dining and formal living rooms having both south and west facing windows it would always be full of light. After living in the house for awhile, we discovered that surprisingly that is not the case. The only thing we can come up with is that it is due to the roof of our wraparound porch.
Because of that, we decided to change our plans and instead make the dining and formal living rooms into one big open living room. We also plan to add French Doors when we redo the exterior in the future. With it being right off the kitchen, we decided that it makes sense to have easy access to the porch from the living room as well. We hope it will be good for entertaining in the future.
The first order of business after getting the drywall off was to take out the weird slanted soffit in the dining room. Then we had to move the plumbing, electrical and HVAC which unfortunately meant cutting into more drywall. After all that was done it was time to make our temporary wall so we could install the new beam.
After putting in the temporary wall and cutting down the old one, we were ready to put in the new beam.
Once we had the beam in we could take down the temporary wall. It was amazing to finally see the new space. We think it makes a lot more sense now than it did before. We have never understood why anyone needed a formal living room, especially in a house with an office as well. Now that the room is twice the size, we have a lot more freedom in the overall design and planning of the room.
Although we decided not to get rid of the wall between the kitchen and dining rooms, we did want to open up the entryway, so G had the idea to use the beam from the old wall to accomplish that.
The next step in the project is to put the drywall back up. Hopefully, that will actually happen soon.