I’m taking a break from thinking about our garden apartment for a day because I’m currently preoccupied with our 1st (aka parlor) floor.
While we were at the house ripping out drywall Monday evening, we met a couple of our neighbors. (They’re very nice, by the way.) The gentleman had actually spent years restoring the rowhome 2 doors down and he invited us in to take a peek. It was BEAUTIFUL and he let me take some pictures. What caught my eye most what what he did with the front room on the first floor.
All the houses in our “row” were built at the same time and, originally, had the same floor plan. Over the years, owners have changed and updated things. We’re lucky that most of the original historic details in our home are intact, as is the floor plan.
(please excuse the stuff, these pictures were taken before we moved in)
The home also didn’t have much of the original detailing intact, but our neighbor renovated it to look like the original period. The gentleman is also quite the woodworker, as can tell by all the details and paneling he’s added.
This got me thinking about ripping out OUR wall. We would keep our current crown moldings intact, removing the wall below them. We would loose the arch & baseboard moldings.
The front room becomes much more open. I’ve never been a fan of hallways and typically prefer as few walls as possible. However, we loose an original arch and a wall that could be filled with art or furniture.
Basically it comes down to opening the space up or keeping the house true to it’s original floor plan.
What would you do??