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Unread 03-10-2009, 08:23 AM   #6
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Here's a before and after shot where we took down the wall between the kitchen and the dining room. One of our issues was that the textured ceiling would be impossible to patch (without being noticeable) where the wall came down, and although we kept the same colors between rooms, we used a glossy kitchen grade paint in the kitchen, and went to eggshell in the next room. Leaving in some sort of physical transition makes for a natural point to change paint colors.

Leaving just the header of the wall in place solved the ceiling texture problem. It created a natural transition between the kitchen and dining room, while opening up the entire wall, and including lots of blood, sweat, and tears during the process. We also put in a peninsula along the removed wall to help out with the transition feeling. I initially included the angle in the first wall because we took out the entire one wall and 2 feet of the next wall--so I angled up the 2 feet to try to give it a more natural look. Then I put a matching angle on the other side just to balance it out. I ended up getting more compliments on the angled walls than just about anything else. A lot of people thought that I had included it as a structural feature, even though it was all non-load bearing (I did consult with a structural engineer, who showed me how my roof was entirely truss, meaning that no internal walls were load bearing). You might be able to include an angle or an arch as a transition between your rooms, but don't think "hole in the wall"; rather, think of removing the wall and use your architectural elements (arches, headers, angles) as aesthetic transitions. I'm not an architect--I just like to have fun with remodeling. Good luck.
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