Tear down those walls
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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• Olney, Illinois
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
• Saco, Maine
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."
• United States
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.
• Saco, Maine
@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!