For the first time, you can see all the way across the front of the home without any interruptions. Removing the wall on the staircase makes a significant impact in the open atmosphere of the house. And here's the family room as viewed from the kitchen, with some drywall repair work on the ceiling still visible. But overall, this is a much more open space than before.
The walls were mostly built-in bookshelves which was convenient but limited in size. The owners wanted more space so they took down a portion of the wall between the second and third floor to create a large master bedroom. They also expanded their bathroom by adding another door and turning its existing shower into a tub. Finally, they added a walk-in closet to the fourth floor where there wasn't one before.
Even though these are all major changes, they were all done with care and attention to detail. The new layout provides more living area and makes the most of the view and sunlight. The bathroom has been upgraded with a larger tub and additional storage. On the fourth floor, there's now a spacious bedroom with huge windows and a balcony.
Overall, this renovation gives the family room a much needed makeover while staying true to the house's design. It's a beautiful example of how simple changes can make such a big difference in your home!
Especially in those "super secure" buildings where even a fob won't allow you take the stairs down since each floor is closed off... yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Summer is really hot. Consider yourself fortunate if your upper-floor flat has a balcony. Unfortunately, the chances are that it will be minor. There's a reason they're called low-level apartments - they're usually not more than one or two stories high.
The best option is probably to find a place on ground level or below it. That way you avoid all the problems associated with upper floors and also have easy access to spare keys under other doorsills or inside mailboxes. But if this isn't possible then go for it! You might not like the idea of living in a building with other people, but at least you'll be able to see the stars at night.
REMOVAL OF A WALL BETWEEN THE KITCHEN AND THE DINING ROOMAnother significant advantage of eliminating the wall between the kitchen and dining room is better access between the two areas. It's right there in the dining room if you need something from the kitchen. It's also easy to see what's going on with the kids while you're eating since there's no wall between them.
There are several different ways to design a kitchen/dining room combination. You can have a full-size kitchen with an adjoining dining room or a smaller kitchen with a breakfast nook. Whatever your preference, make sure it fits with your lifestyle and that you're happy with the layout before you start remodeling.
The first thing you should know about knocking down walls in a kitchen or dining room is that it's not recommended for anyone who isn't comfortable working with electricity. In other words, if you're not sure how to fix things like plumbing or heating when they go wrong, this is not the project for you. Even if you're planning to remodel the room later this year or next, it's best to hire a professional to do the work for you.
Kitchen/living room combinations may not seem like they would require much work because you wouldn't think there's much to modify in an existing space.
Main doors or entrances to a south-facing property must be positioned in the center of a south-facing wall or area, according to vastu principles. This is done to align the energy of the home. Entrances to the left of the center point are likewise often favorable. The direction of the entrance should not be across or toward a boundary line of any kind.
Windows should also be placed so that they open to the center of the house, rather than to a side. This ensures that there is an even flow of air through the home, which is important for healthy living. A house with windows that face away from the center of the property is considered ill-placed according to vastu.
A kitchen must be located on the north-east corner of the house. If it isn't, you will have problems with cold air coming in during the winter and with insects entering the home when you open the door for a dog or cat. During hot seasons, the reverse is true: if the kitchen is not located here, heat will try to leave the house instead of entering it.
A bathroom must be located on the north-east corner of the house. This is because toilets work best when exposed to both sunlight and wind. If they are not, they will either overheat or undercool.
Living rooms must be located on the north-east corner of the house.
A pair of copper-roofed gables flank a covered eating room that leads to a screened porch in the back. Inside, a long foyer leads to a grand staircase with a cascading landing. A half-wall divides the kitchen from the dining room, which has a trey ceiling.
The back door opens into the kitchen. Cabinets are painted white, and there's a center island with a breakfast nook above it. The floor is wood, and there's a patio behind the house attached to the garage.
This house was built in 1914, and it's located in Nashville, Tennessee. It was listed for $149,000 on Zillow when this picture was taken in 2018.
The photo was taken by the author from his mobile phone on 6/20/2018.
It's a pretty good representation of what a back porch looks like. There are some changes that could be made to make this space more functional or comfortable. For example, the railing on the porch is not very high quality, so someone might find themselves leaning against it. Also, nothing is blocking the view of the garden from the kitchen window, so anyone sitting at the kitchen counter would have a hard time watching what they're doing.