A GOOD hole in a wall

After a disappointing start to our first weekend as homeowners, readers, it was nice to have one of our top-priority projects started right away.  We shopped for a house with a strict list of must-haves, and a dining room was at the top of that list.  No dining room, no deal.  Our house certainly had the space for the dining room, but it meant a wall had to come down.


The offensive wall


The dining room, trapped behind the offensive wall

Good news everyone!  The wall is GONE.  And it was done in two days.  Still needs another coat of mud and then a prime and paint, but you don’t have to bust out your x-ray specs to see it now.  Thanks Uncle Simon!

ImageThis makes me so happy.  Isn’t it perfect?  We debated about the size we wanted for the hole, and we kept coming back to double-door width.  The idea is that if the next person to live in our house wants the third bedroom back, they can either drywall the hole, or put in a set of double-doors.  I also like how this keeps the dining room open to the living room, while making it feel like its own space.  Simon said he could take down the whole room and make the living room extra big, into a living-dining room combination, but I didn’t like that as much.

We’ll be doing the priming and painting ourselves, and leaving the walls bare, rather than putting a trim around the opening.  Once the drywall dust and drop cloths are cleared out, we’ll move in our dining room table (purchased from Ikea 3 months ago and currently sitting in the boxes at the top of our stairs) and chairs (purchased 2 years ago at an auction and currently sitting in the warehouse at my mom’s work).  We’ve been dreaming of this for a long time.  Squeee!


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Two crazy kids trying to make sense of the jumble surrounding making the jump from renting to owning our first home. Join us here as we stumble towards the biggest purchase of our lives.
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