Ugh, where do I even start.
It’s still there.
I was SO excited for it to be gone after this weekend. And if you follow along on our Facebook Page, you know good and well that we had a terrible disappointment… preventing us from following through on our big plan to remove the wall that separates our living room from our dining room.
You see, it’s a loadbearing wall. But that was fine, because we just needed to put in a beam that’s special ordered to meet the specifications to carry the load of our house’s weight. So we ordered it. From Menards.
Let’s just say it came damaged.
This is a massive wood beam that’s meant to provide a structurally safe support for our home. And when it comes to safety (and the specific worry that our house could crash down upon us), we decided to play it safe. The people at Menards were not sympathetic or apologetic for their mistake, and even tried to charge us a ‘restocking fee’. WHA? Oh boy, if I had been at that store with Nick, I would have ripped them a new one. Nick is a little too easy going sometimes.
So here’s a little sketch of what our wall looks like now (the red indicates where the air ducts are located inside the wall).
So when physics, gravity, and the presence of loadbearing walls and ill-placed-air-ducts came into play, we knew there would need to be a beam to support the weight of our house, and a place for the air ducts so we can have heat upstairs… where we SLEEP (important!). So this was the plan that was SUPPOSED to happen over the weekend.
After some more unfortunate discoveries, we learned that our foundation doesn’t extend out to the edges of our house, therefore preventing us from routing the duct work up the exterior wall.
This is like totally a problem. Because we can’t route the air ducts up the interior wall, because that would close off our stairway leading to the second floor. And we need to be able to GET to our second floor.
Are you getting frustrated right along with me? I love that about you.
Basically, all this means that the air ducts are going to HAVE TO separate our dining room from our living room. There’s just no way around it. But if we leave them where they’re at now, and create a ‘pillar’ around them, it would look like this:
I’m a designer and all, and I love and appreciate asymmetry. But wow. This will not do. It just seems… so… OFF CENTERED. And I feel like weeping.
So, rerouting the ducts to be centered is absolutely necessary. And… it CAN be done! I will embrace a ‘decorative pillar’ between my dining room and living room. I actually kind of like that it will provide some separation between the rooms, so I can paint/decorate each room differently and not feel like I have to make them flow like one big room. Especially since the living room has carpet and the dining room is hardwoods.
Don’t you love the slightly arched doorways, and the unique architectural interest it provides? I’ve actually totally embraced this design. I love it.
Can you picture it? How about now?
HAHA! I got a little carried away with my colored-pencil rendering the other night while Nick played his guitar. I love graph paper! It makes it fun to make ‘to-scale’ renderings to help picture a project beforehand, or layout a floorplan, etc.
This NEW plan will take place next weekend!!! (IF all goes as planned). I won’t be adding a countdown timer or anything this time. Cause whooooo really knows what will happen! Right y’all? This is all part of the joys of renovation, especially OLD houses. There are always snafu’s!
Thanks everyone for being so encouraging, and following along for this ride!