Tear down those walls

@GardenGerty (118078)
United States
January 14, 2020 6:21am CST
Some of my friends may know that our house was actually a duplex. A duplex is two joined full residences. We use both sides of our home. Not long after moving in, hubby made a doorway between the two kitchens, to join the house on both sides. He has been sick or too busy off and on since then and has not done any more. For my Christmas gift he was to open up the front part and join them, but had not done so. I finally got him motivated. He wants me to go to a car show with him next Saturday. I told him I did not want to because he will not do what I want and open up some more walls. Yesterday he got started. The two rooms at the front of our house will be joined by a wide doorway. One side will be a dining area mostly. The other is the sitting room, or living room, or some people and countries call it the lounge. It will make it easier for us as we will not be constantly meeting in the doorway between the kitchens. The heating will be more uniform as well. It may be a little late, but I am finally getting my Christmas gift.
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@JohnRoberts (100761)
• Los Angeles, California
14 Jan
This makes it a little more like a single residence.
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
15 Jan
It really makes it a lot more like a single home. I would like to continue with working inside in the winter and then get the outside things done when the weather is nice.
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@Corbin5 (171396)
• United States
14 Jan
You really will enjoy your home even more now.
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
15 Jan
It is going to be more functional.
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@myklj999 (38643)
• Olney, Illinois
14 Jan
I did something along those lines with an old house trailer I used to own...took out the walls for the first bedroom to make a larger living room area
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
15 Jan
I have seen people do this with three small bedrooms and such.
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@Alexandoy (23774)
• Cainta, Philippines
14 Jan
Merging the duplex would make for a big house. Nice one.
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
15 Jan
It has small rooms but yes, it increases the value as the kitchen will be good size and I have both a laundry room and a pantry.
@Alexandoy (23774)
• Cainta, Philippines
15 Jan
@GardenGerty we could have bought a house like your description of the duplex but there was a snag in the arrangement with the stingy owner.
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
16 Jan
@Alexandoy I am sorry that happened for you.
@LadyDuck (261988)
• Switzerland
14 Jan
I am glad that he was finally motivated to do the work.
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
15 Jan
I think sometimes it is that he lacks confidence.
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@LadyDuck (261988)
• Switzerland
15 Jan
@GardenGerty It is possible, this is a hard work to do alone.
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
16 Jan
@LadyDuck He knows more about cars than houses.
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
That's good news. I'm sure you can't wait for the renovations to be finished.
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
15 Jan
I do not think all the renovations will ever be completely finished. My house is my hobby it seems.
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@JudyEv (185939)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
@GardenGerty It is a good hobby to have.
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
16 Jan
@JudyEv I know I could have worse.
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@rakski (44741)
• Philippines
14 Jan
that is good. You will now have one big house
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
15 Jan
Yes. It is all the space I need, but does need to be organized.
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@rakski (44741)
• Philippines
15 Jan
@GardenGerty I hope you can organize it soon
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@bunnybon7 (44352)
• Holiday, Florida
14 Jan
your house sounds wonderful. sounds like you can design it over time to be exactly what you want.
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
15 Jan
We are taking a lot of design steps, as you say. I have been buying new cupboards to make an entire storage wall.
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@bunnybon7 (44352)
• Holiday, Florida
15 Jan
@GardenGerty oh it all sounds so wonderful like a dream come true. you are so wise to buy that place
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
18 Jan
@bunnybon7 We were able to get it very cheaply.
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@rebelann (62562)
• El Paso, Texas
14 Jan
Funny how easy it is to get them motivated if they think they want something
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
15 Jan
Yes, and when I stand my ground.
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@rebelann (62562)
• El Paso, Texas
15 Jan
I suppose standing your ground isn't always as easy to do as it sounds @GardenGerty
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
18 Jan
@rebelann I had a similar issue with my first husband, and I just had to eventually tell him I would do it myself. He got busy quickly then.
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@Raelove (19589)
• Saco, Maine
14 Jan
In the town I grew up in, two-storey duplexes were common. My family occupied half of one from 1955-1989...kitchen/living room on the first floor, 3 bedrooms upstairs. Before then, many of the duplexes on our street had been 4-apartment units, 2 up, 2 down. Over time, new owners came in and remodelled them into 2 side-by-side units. I've never heard of owning and living in a duplex and using both sides. You learn something new everyday, as my mother would have said. I'm glad it's all working out better for you since your "remodel."
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
15 Jan
Thirty five years ago we (my first husband and I) bought a two storey duplex. Actually it originally was a single family Victorian circa 1908. It was run as a boarding house at one time, then small apartments with a shared bathroom up and one down. Then a one bedroom ground floor apartment two bedroom upstairs, then we bought it and tore out the upstairs kitchen, making a large bedroom. Family room, two more bedrooms, full bath up. Downstairs bedroom became a dining room, and we had a living room and office. It was about 2400 sq. ft. This house was built in 1930 and the bedrooms are small but have built in storage over the closets. Two full baths. No dining room and the kitchens were small. So were the laundry rooms. We chose the best configured laundry room for the laundry. Put a chest freezer and shelves in the other laundry. Still working on the kitchens but it is nice to have everything on one floor as I age.
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@Raelove (19589)
• Saco, Maine
15 Jan
@GardenGerty Yes, that would make sense, as stairs become more challenging as we get older. The duplexes I mentioned were all built some time in the 1930's to provide housing for mill workers. There were 10 identical ones on my street. At first, they were all composed of the 4 apartments, and subsequent owners reduced all of the to 2 side-by-side units. To this day, 6 of them remain. Two were torn down when the church down the street expanded its parking lot, and two others were totally transformed into apartment buildings with flat roofs. There is another amusing little fact about them that I will write about in a separate post. I'm glad your remodel is working out well for you. Never hurts to have enough space to be able to reorganize and make life easier!
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
18 Jan
@Raelove I did read your next post.
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@Nevena83 (39816)
• Serbia
14 Jan
I'm glad you finally get what you wanted.
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
15 Jan
I am glad I found a way to get him to start.
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@Nevena83 (39816)
• Serbia
15 Jan
@GardenGerty I believe you. Men are sometimes lazy for some jobs.
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
18 Jan
@Nevena83 We had to come to an agreement about how much to remove. I also have to let him do it his way.
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@Courtlynn (62836)
• United States
15 Jan
Im glad hes finally doing it for you
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
18 Jan
I am sure he will be glad when it is done. I have to let him do it his own way at his own speed.
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@Courtlynn (62836)
• United States
18 Jan
@GardenGerty goodluck waiting.
• China
18 Jan
It is great that you got your Christmas gift ! Your hubby seems to be one of those men who can turn their hand to anything.
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
18 Jan
Well, not everything, but he is a good sport about at least attempting to do things. We had to agree first on how much we would remove.
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• United States
15 Jan
dang, i wish such worked 'round here, lol. so glad he's finally gettin' this tended, hon. jest makes more sense 'n better use 'f space with 'em joined.
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
16 Jan
It certainly will be much better flow.
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@Lushlala (1456)
• Gaborone, Botswana
15 Jan
That's definitely a Christmas present worth the weight! You're so lucky your husband can do all that.
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
18 Jan
He is not fast but he is thorough.
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@moonandstars (29430)
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
15 Jan
It's never too late. I'm glad he got motivated
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
18 Jan
He was very sick last year. I am glad he is well enough and motivated to do it.
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@CarolDM (59006)
• Nashville, Tennessee
14 Jan
Sounds like a great idea.
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
15 Jan
It is, and it is okay that we have waited as we "got acquainted" with the house and our patterns to see what we really wanted.
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• United States
14 Jan
Glad you are getting that done Heather.
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
15 Jan
Yes, finally. I am actually glad he is well enough to do this.
@wolfgirl569 (27123)
• Marion, Ohio
14 Jan
That will make it a lot nicer.
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
15 Jan
Yes, it will and I am looking forward to it.
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@BarBaraPrz (26003)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
14 Jan
It may be late for Christmas 2019, but real' early for Christmas 2020.
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@GardenGerty (118078)
• United States
15 Jan
We may be working on it all year.
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