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This is our project thus far of opening wall up. Our orignal intent was to keep the bulkhead consistent across the top, until they had to remove the part above dining room entry to re do some framing. Now that they did that, it visually opens up the space more. The problem is they can not open up the rest the same way due to wiring etc.

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option 1 mock up, consistent across top

 
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option 2, dining bulkhead higher than the rest

 
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Is the dining area seperated from the kitchen area by a wall, or is it open? Option 1 feels better to me...more balanced, if the dining and kitchen is open to each other.
 
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think I have to agree with m/b...my eye would always be going "down hill" with the shorter piece...
 
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Hi Michelle,

I like the mock that is the same level across the opening. Add wide trim and paint out white.

We have a similar situation here too. We opened the original 6' slider and added a den. This a fairly recent pic although there is a set of decorative plates up there now.


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Here is one of my inspiration pics for you. Love the extra wide trim.


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Michelle, I think you can keep the high opening in the DR and the "fatter" one in the rest of the space IF you make a "fat" column down the left side. Know what I mean? if the whole opening in the right hand side is sort of boxed to match itself, the left side would look fine IMHO
 
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Michelle, your wall color is very close to mine. If it were me I would build the header the same across the entire area and frame it with wide trim. I've knocked out similar walls in my house and it's amazing the difference in the spaciousness and you will be surprised how the trim dresses it up. I'm now eyeing another area between my kitchen and dining room and DH just rolls his eyes.....here we go again Smile Good Luck!
 
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The second inspiration looks like my living/dining room in my 1914 home. I am moving to Az so will have a whole new home to decorate.


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I love it, Hammerhugger! That's the same thing I thought when I saw it; we have one of those in the early 1900s home we just had dismantled and moved. It has the same trimwork as yours as well. I can't wait to rebuild/restore it and make it as beautiful as yours.

Not to highjack Michelle's thread - Michelle, my opinion would be to keep the header the same across for consistency.
 
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The wall project is completed. We had an unfortunate circumstance (loss of employment) right in the middle of 2 projects. We had to use some pine wood we had for the snack top as a temporary fix. I need to either paint or stain it. The bar chairs are dark brown wood.

 
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Looks good. TFS


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Trying to decide on what color to stain wood.
 
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Michelle, it just looks great. Do you want to repeat the color of the secretary, chairs etc?

Or light like the floors? this is a difficult decision and one we have just grappled with.

Very sorry to hear about job! Oh, lordy life can present problems sometimes.
 
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Sorry to hear about the job loss. Your opening came out great!
 
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I think your August 14th picture looks GREAT. I don't think I would stain anything to emphasize the opening.

The bar chairs look a little low for the counter. Are you planning to get new ones?

Sorry about your job loss. I know that must be very scary and destabilizing. Good luck on finding another one very soon!!!!
 
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