When we moved into our raised ranch I knew we needed more light in our kitchen.
In our family room we have a large bay window and over the front door we have a window as well. These bring in a lot of light but we needed to let that light into our kitchen.
When you come to the top of the stairs there is a wall that divides the kitchen and the family room. We knew we had to open that up.
For now we didn’t want to do MAJOR construction like taking the wall down and adding a header etc. So we opted for an opening to let the light flow into the kitchen.
Here is how we did it…
First, we found the studs, we needed to leave enough support on the sides since it is a load bearing wall. We then marked, leveled and measured where we wanted the opening to be.
Second, we cut the sheet rock and teared it down. Here is what it looks like from the living room side..
And the kitchen side…notice the light pouring in!
We cut the studs inside the hole, and put our frame boards in place. We used pine, cut to size and screwed them into the remaining studs, framed the outside with a little trim, caulked the holes and gaps, primed and painted!
I love the way it turned out and how much light it brings into the kitchen!
What do you think?