How to knock out a wall between the dining room & kitchen

Written by laura leiva
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One of the frequent issues homeowners have is a closed off kitchen from the dining or living room. By taking out the wall between the kitchen and dining room, you not only have an open and brighter space but also a smoother flow through the floorplan. Opening up the kitchen is ideal if you love to entertain and cook, because it allows you to do your thing in the kitchen while still feeling included in the entertaining. Identifying and removing a wall is fairly simple, and can transform your entire house.

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Things you need

  • Plastic sheeting
  • Face mask
  • Gloves
  • Hammer
  • Pry bar
  • Reciprocating saw

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    Analyse the wall to make sure it's not load-bearing. According to Ask the Builder, a load-bearing wall is often one that goes perpendicular to the floor and ceiling joists, or is placed under a beam. Since kitchen cabinets are installed to the wall, your best option is to remove the wall that has the entrance to the kitchen through the dining room. This will combine the two spaces for a larger, open floorplan.

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    Lay out the plastic sheeting around the workspace to keep dust and debris from getting all over the house. Plan ahead for the difficulties of food preparation while construction debris is flying around your kitchen by stocking coolers and even rolling your refrigerator temporarily into another room.

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    Hit the drywall with a hammer, hard enough to put a hole in the wall. Pull chunks of drywall away from the wooden studs, using a pry-bar if necessary. Wear gloves and a face mask during demolition for protection.

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    Call in an electrical or plumbing professional to re-route any wires or plumbing that's going through the studs if necessary. Since the wall is simply used to block off the kitchen from the dining room, you may not have to deal with either of these issues.

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    Cut through the studs you want to remove using a reciprocating saw. Cut horizontally across the studs a few inches from the top and bottom of the frame. Wiggle the stud away from the frame, and then remove the remaining stud pieces and base with a hammer and pry-bar until the frame separating the dining room and kitchen is completely removed.

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