wall/no wall

September 20th, 2012

Remember how I said there were big changes coming to this little house of ours? This is it! That wall with the beautiful mantel and (very fake) fireplace has been torn down and behind it–surprise!–is a staircase leading to an upstairs! Bet you didn’t see that coming!

Our house is (well was) a duplex and we were living in the ground floor apartment. Preso! Change-o! We now have a two story house with twice as much space! It is crazy and exciting and totally overwhelming.  Be prepared for many before and after posts (as soon as I stop sewing for kcwc).

Posted in my home.

28 Responses to wall/no wall

  1. Andrea says:

    Wow, that’s so exciting, but I would imagine a little overwhelming too…looking forward to watching all the changes!

  2. Lisa says:

    Amazing!!! I’m totally confused, did you have access to the second floor before or was it a complete suprise? What’s up there?

    • meg says:

      Sorry, I was a little unclear in the post I guess :) We knew there was a second floor to our house!, but the second floor was it’s own apartment that we rented out for many years. Now our tenet is gone and we’ve turned our two-flat into a single family home!

  3. Chris says:

    Wow! What a discovery…how crazy, it’s like that fireplace was a secret doorway. What a gorgeous railing.

  4. wow! can’t wait to see the progress!

  5. Carla says:

    This is the coolest thing ever! I wish my tiny house had a magical hiding staircase! Can’t wait to see!

  6. Kristin says:

    beautiful staircase! I love the woodwork :) reminds me of my house. Older houses have all that lovely charm. good luck with the remodeling. we’ve been at it 2.5 years now. it’s fun, but a bit overwhelming at times. When things get crazy I remind myself that I’ll be living here until I die so I have plenty of time to get things done.

  7. Annika says:

    Wow! It must feel like Christmas!

  8. Peggy says:

    How exciting! I know you will enjoy the extra space… and the railing. Well it is identical to the one we had in our first home which was built in 1904. You have to love the durability of old quality building!! Have fun!

  9. tearing down a wall (and before & after plans thereunto) totally counts as making something. creative block my arse :-)

  10. kristin says:

    you’re probably going to give your daughter a pink princess room with four post canopy bed now, aren’t you? hehe.

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  12. Whew-hew! This is so awesome! Can’t wait to follow along- i’m most interested how you take out one of the two kitchen (assuming there is two and one needs to go!)

    • meg says:

      the upstairs kitchen is gone already! We rented two burley dudes to carry the big appliances downstairs. Nothing was really built-in except the sink, which I think we’ll keep. The plan is to turn it into an art studio, but right now it pretty much looks like a room that used to be a kitchen.

  13. Antoinette says:

    Oh my goodness! Congratulations! How exciting. I can’t imagine how high everyone is flipping out with the extra space!

    • meg says:

      The first day after the wall came down, my daughter spent 8 hours straight in her own room. She was in heaven!

  14. Holy Crap!!! That is awesome!!!! What do your kids think??? I can just imagine my own children, waking up one morning and ta-da we have stairs now!!! and an upstairs!!!! Do the kids think you built it??ha ha! Mine would. How completely awesome!!!!!

    • meg says:

      it was like christmas for them too! My five year old didn’t really get what was going to happen until the wall actually came down. Then he was all What?! You mean we live here now?!

  15. Melissa Q. says:

    This is insane! And the coolest thing ever. So much to decorate!! Oh man, a studio with a sink! I hope you start silkscreening or something. But, please decorate a boys room first so that I can steal ideas from you…we are hoping to re-do some boy spaces soon.

  16. Brooke says:

    So cool! How fun To have a hidden staircase;). But as one who is living in a formerly foreclosed house still in need of lots of work I know house renovations are quite overwhelming, yet exciting!

  17. Sarah Ross says:

    Wow, that is awesome! And that staircase looks gorgeous, love the woodwork. Good luck with all the renovating! Can’t wait to see the before-and-afters.

  18. christina says:

    WOOHOOO! How awesome is that?!?!

  19. sascha says:

    wowza. I love before after shit. Take lotsa photos as you go.