Minn. ó Whatís standing between you and your dream
kitchen? Often, itís a wall ó a relic from the days
when a separate dining room was a must-have in every
formal meals have gone the way of the rotary phone in
most households, and a room just for dining seems like a
waste of precious space.
formal dining room was popular for a while," said
Cassie Frick, an Edina Realty agent. But most of her
clients view them as so last-century. "Everybody
wants the open concept. The vast majority donít want a
formal dining room anymore."
included. She and her husband recently remodeled their
1970s home in Minnetonka, extending the kitchen by
eliminating an adjacent dining room.
us, with two kids, a formal dining room does not make
sense," she said. "It was a big room but we
never went there, and it was totally cut off."
than one-third of kitchen renovation projects now
involve increasing the roomís size, according to the
2017 Houzz Kitchen Trends Study. Open floor plans
continue to rise, with 51 percent of new kitchens more
open to other rooms of the house than they were before
the kitchens we do, we end up taking out a wall or
partial wall," said Craig Weber, architect and
owner of Bridgewater Construction. "It makes for a
much more dramatic kitchen. Most people entertain in the
kitchen ó whether they want to or not."
the unwanted wall is load-bearing, so itís important
to consult with a professional, noted Max Windmiller, an
architectural designer with Windmiller Design Studio. He
advised Frick during her project and also brought in a
knew what she wanted, but she wanted to make sure it
would be possible," said Windmiller. "You have
to figure out how to transfer that load. Itís a
from the 1950s and í60s are good candidates for wall
removal, said Weber. "The floor plans are pretty
removal can be more complicated in a split-level or
older two-story home, but just about anything is
possible. "Weíve taken walls out of [homes from]
pretty much any era," Weber said.
results are worth it, said Steve Ribnick, who recently
hired Weber to remodel his familyís 1978 two-story in
and his wife considered a cosmetic face-lift for their
kitchen, but ultimately chose to remove the wall between
the living room and family room to create an open floor
plan with a casual dining area. Their formal dining room
is now a music room/playroom.
decision we made," Ribnick said of losing the wall.
"We use all of our house now."