There are a few things to note when it comes to the original design; first and foremost, there are 2 bearing walls in this home located at the center which form a line from the front of the house at the stairwell and continue through to the back and all the way to the back of the home. Also, there a pocket-door leading into the kitchen.

There are a few ways to tell which walls are the bearing walls in a home. The easiest way is to get into the attic and look for the kickers or bracing. If you can see kickers going down to walls from the roof structure then there is a good chance that the walls that bear the kickers are bearing walls. All kickers in the Salem home connected to the suspected bearing walls. Another way to tell is to look at the walls in the basement where they meet the floor. If the walls sit on footings, then there is a good chance that they are bearing walls. The bearing walls clearly sit on footings in the Salem House.

We really lucked out on the Salem house because the wall between the dining room and the kitchen had a pocket door installed with no header, and no wall underneath in the basement. What this means is that we were able to plan the removal of the pocket door and wall between the kitchen and the dining room without modifying the underlying structure. Knowing this fact was instrumental in designing the kitchen space.

Our original Salem design included removing a closet and installing french doors in one of the upstairs bedrooms to turn it into an office and further open up the living space, however moving bearing walls requires engineering and often times the fix involves headers, posts, and new footings. We ended up deciding that moving the wall to open the bedroom was outside of the budget for this project.


One step closer to a finished kitchen/dining space

As you can see, our rendering of the space that was created in Homestyler closely resembles what it looks like after the wall is demolished.

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