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Has anyone ever removed the bar height section of the counter top and made the entire counter, counter height? The higher bar height visually cuts the room in half and removing would make the room feel more open. Any recommendations for a DIYer?
 
Posts: 2 | Registered: Jul 16, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Welcome to the boards. Some pictures would help. You can post them by clicking on the "add attachment?"link below the Post a Reply box. You'll probably need to resize them to get them to post, I use Paint and resize them to 50%.

You'll likely need to get new counters made to do what you want. If the bar height part is supported by a drywall covered half-wall, it isn't too bad cutting it down to counter height, adding a top plate to the cut wall and capping with the new counters. A piece of trim can cover the cut drywall. If the wall holding up the higher counters is made of wood to match the cabinets you have a bigger job on your hands.


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Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

 
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jesika, I have the same problem but mine is very complicated with a sink and dishwasher in it and I have a granite counter top. I would see it as a very expensive task.


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Posts: 5564 | Location: Arizona, in the valley | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I had no idea anyone responded! I'll take some pics and post them. I too have granite counters. The bar height is supported by a drywall covered half wall. Would I just:
1. remove the granite on the counter and bar, 2. remove the electrical outlet (will probably move it to the end of the bar). 3. Use a jigsaw to cut down the wall to the right height. 4. put a cap on the cut half-wall 5. have new counter installed

I thought about trying to reuse the granite, laying in a strip of mosaic tile between the two, just for budgeting sake. Thoughts appreciated.
 
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Jesika,
Sight unseen that sounds about right. A big challenge if you go for a new piece of granite will be finding one that matches the other counters in your kitchen.


General Disclaimer

Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

 
Posts: 6931 | Location: Cary, North Carolina | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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