Kitchen Expansion: Removing Wall Opens Up Space

By: Danny Lipford
1970s era kitchen as it appeared before remodeling.

1970s era kitchen as it appeared before remodeling.

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This ’70s kitchen was in need of a major facelift. In addition to installing new cabinets, appliances, and flooring; a wall was removed to open up the living space and make the kitchen an integral part of the house.

By removing the wall between the den and living room, and taking out the hanging cabinets that served to separate the kitchen, one large room of almost 800 square feet was created.

Demolition

Since the old kitchen cabinets had been constructed in place, they had to be torn out piece by piece to make way for the new kitchen.

The wall between the living room and den was removed to open up the space.

The wall between the living room and den was removed to open up the space.

Temporary braces were added to support the ceiling while the wall between the living room and den was removed. A laminated wood beam was installed to support the load.

Other demolition work included moving the vent pipe for the stove hood, removing the old light fixtures, and cutting a trench in the concrete slab to accommodate wiring for the center island.

Lighting

To make sure the new room had plenty of light, 19 recessed light fixtures were installed in the ceiling. Since the ceiling was already in place, remodeling cans were used.

The new hanging cabinets in the kitchen extend to the ceiling.

The new hanging cabinets in the kitchen extend to the ceiling.

Cabinets

Once the drywall had been hung and finished, the new cabinets were installed. The crown molding and other trim work were completed in preparation for painting.

Painting

The new cabinets were covered with plastic to prevent damage from drips or overspray while painting. The trim was spray painted to save time and produce the smoothest possible finish while the walls were rolled.

Stainless steel undermount sink being attached to granite countertops.

Stainless steel undermount sink being attached to granite countertops.

Countertops

The granite countertops were installed next. The seam in the countertops was glued together with epoxy and a special vacuum powered seam puller used to hold them together while the glue set. A tile backsplash was used to cover the space between the countertops and hanging cabinets.

Tile Floors

A leveling compound was applied to level the concrete slab and even out any imperfections. Once it had hardened, the entire floor was covered with ceramic tile.

Opened up kitchen and living area after the renovation was complete.

Opened up kitchen and living area after the renovation was complete.

Removing the wall, tiling the floor, and replacing the cabinets, countertops, and appliances really enhanced the living space in this home.

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Kitchen Expansion: Removing Wall Opens Up Space