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In many older houses, rooms are small and sometimes partitioned by walls pierced with archways. As I have previously written here on this subject, today we prefer large open spaces that allow us to live, entertain, and work at the same time. In this 1930s house, the dining room and sitting room communicated through an arched opening that had a 22″ high wall above the arch.

dining room before

View from dining room before

Clearly, the division reduced the floor space, and the low archway visually lowered the height of the ceiling, since keeping a good ceiling a roof is important, but there are services such of roof cleaning which you can find online and can help a lot with this.

dining room before 2

Dining room with low archway

When one was standing in either room, only part of the ceiling of the other room was visible because its view was blocked by the top of the opening archway.  So we decided to take down most of the wall, leaving just a narrow partition on one side.

new LR with wall to demolish

LR with section of wall to be demolished

We had to first ensure that the wall was neither a bearing wall, nor hiding electrical wires, forced air conducts or plumbing elements. The demolition was not as easy as it would have been with a modern wall because in the 30’s, walls were made of plaster and mesh which is very heavy and more difficult to cut. The repair on the wood floor was also tricky: it is challenging to find the same wood and achieve a stain matching the existing wood floor.

new living room 2

New large living room.

The result was well worth the effort though, yielding a manifold improvement: we have the illusion of a higher ceiling and the pieces from our favorite furniture store have been the perfect touch we needed for the remodel.

new living room 3

New LR seen from ex-sitting room

And, more light floods into the new room.

new living room 4

Bright new LR seen from former DR

It is also easier to circulate.

new living room

New LR seen from ex-sitting room

To your sledgehammers!