Although it was cute and cozy with the breakfast bar, the reason we decided to take on this project is so that it is easier to heat our home from here on out. We heat our house with one wood stove, which, at the moment is in the dining room at the other end of the house and kind of closed in by 4 walls. So we would use fans to circulate the heat (which raises the electric bill), but our kitchen would still be chilly and the dining room would be 80 degrees. So down came the wall, up went the new header and the reclaimed wood. The wood stove being moved and installed is the next step to this project and I will add pictures as the project progresses over the next week.
Next we got rid of plumbing, electrical wires, etc.
Now for the scary part…this is a supporting wall in our home so my husband did all the necessary research to make sure we install a strong enough header so there is no sagging or moving of the structure. Be sure to get all of the necessary permits for this type of project.
He built a temporary wall to support this part of the house while the studs and old header are taken down.
Then the header went up! And the temp wall came down. I make it sound so easy…
Remi, the project inspector.
My husband found a place in Old Saybrook, CT that sells reclaimed wood from barns, homes, etc. So we took a drive and were there for ever 2 hours measuring, shopping, making sure it would look perfect when completed.
The wrapping process above. This took a couple of days to complete. You can see the new beam and the old wood being wrapped around it.
I have to say, my husband and I were both shocked when we took a step back afterwards and realized it came out way better then we even imagined it would.
Check back to see the wood stove installation process and project completion.