The 50s Ranch House – Dining and Living Rooms Before

You’ve already seen part of the dining room from the kitchen’s before photos (which I updated and added a bunch of new pictures to, so go take a look!), but here is a better view: Dining Room BeforeIt’s a good size space and has great natural light, so I think a lot of time will be spent here at the table my dad and I are building.  Those windows will eventually become french doors for the deck we plan on building in the spring, which will give us even more living space in the warmer months.

So in addition to removing a wall in the kitchen, we’re also taking out a wall that separates the living and dining rooms so the space will be a lot more open.  Here is the other wall we’re removing (light fixture helps for point of reference).

Dining Room  Living Room Before Living Room BeforeWe can only take out about half of this wall because the stairs leading to the basement start about halfway through it, but that’s just enough space to totally transform the rooms in to one large living space.Dining Room  Living Room Before2Here’s a slightly better picture showing what will be visible once the wall is down.  Also note that all the walls and trim will be painted white (the greenish-yellowish hue on this wall is the reflection of the grass outside).

Living Room Before2And here’s a blurry photo of the big, beautiful windows letting in a ton of natural light.  Natural light was the first thing I told our realtor I was looking for in a house :)

Also note our hardwood floors that have stolen my heart.  They were covered up with shag carpet for decades and in pristine condition underneath.  The seller ripped it all out and refinished the floors before putting on the market and I am so glad he did.  They are perfect and not at all like some of the other homes we saw built in the same time.

What do you guys think?  Can you imagine how open the space is going to feel once it’s all finished?  The contractors should start demolition next week!  I’ll be sure to keep you updated.  Also, I’m posting lots of progress pics on Instagram, so be sure to follow along!

6 Responses to “The 50s Ranch House – Dining and Living Rooms Before”

  1. Susan Atwood

    Will you have hardwoods under the area that the walls that are coming down are? Are you going to reuse the dining room light? If not DIBS!

    • Katy

      Yes, they’ll match some new hardwood so it blends seamlessly, no we aren’t going to use the dining room light and yes, you can have it!

  2. Charlotte Zweigoron

    When the real estate market was waaay down, we bought a one-story, brick house that had been built in 1968. Only two previous owners and NOTHING had ever been changed. Orange everywhere! Thank goodness the bathroom tile was in perfect condition and a soft, sage green… it stayed.

    We had that same chopped up, individual room thing going on here except that it had the living/dining combination in one long room on the front and a family room as one long room towards the back. This place had doors (not just doorways) to every room. In the living room, for instance, there was a door that went to the kitchen, a door that went to the family room and a door that went to the hallway that led to the bedrooms… crazy!!. We had the wall opened between that long L/D room and the family room so now we have a large living room and a large dining room (former family room)and all open on to one another (kitchen opens into all of this, as well). We had to put floor vents where the vents had been in the walls. Had the walls halfway torn down when we realized they would have to be taken into account but it was easy to accomplish. Oh! We also added a wall with 6 large square cut-outs to create a foyer in the living room and another wall at one end of the dining room to create a huge walk in closet (actually, my sewing area) No one else on our street has done this kind of reno and they are shocked when they come inside! Moving walls around is one of my favorite things to do in a reno and it really isn’t that expensive. I can hardly wait to see your ‘after’ photos!!

    • Katy

      Wow, that sounds so much like our house! Walls and doors everywhere – seriously. We’re replacing the doors, but only putting back 10 out of the 15 we took down. Removing the walls is going to make such a transformation. Although sometimes I wonder if in 50 years people will say, “Why did they take down all the walls?! What was the obsession with big open space?!” Hah :) Ya never know!

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