Removing a wall

These homeowners wanted to open up a boxy floor plan that completely separated the kitchen from the family room.

Palmer’s Project Goals and Challenges

  • When we examined the wall that we wanted to remove, we discovered that it was a load-bearing wall and suspected that much of the electrical service had been run through it as well.


  • We reconfigured the structural beams so that they could support the weight of the second floor. We also built attractive support columns that housed and concealed the electrical wiring.
  • We then opened up the wall to create a much-needed visual link between the spaces.
  • We matched the existing black granite in the kitchen on a new bar top and backsplash that connected the rooms, which helped to convey the image that it has always been there.
  • All of the trim work was successfully matched to blend seamlessly. Since the homeowner lost some wall space to display treasured plates, we created a plate rack over the new opening where she could highlight her favorites.
  • Finally, the rooms were repainted to brighten and connect the spaces.