(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )

Name: Seth & Allison 
Type of Project: Kitchen/Family Room renovation 
Location: Ventura, California 
Type of building: Mid-Century, multi-level, single family home

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The demo work this week was dominated by taking down a corner section of wall that separates the kitchen and family room from the "formal" living room at the front of the house.

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Beginning of the demolition on the corner wall that separates the kitchen/family room from the "formal" living room.

This section of wall also wraps a staircase that leads down to the basement floor. (Since the house is on a pretty steep hill, the basement is actually liveable space with full size windows and access to the side yard. But as there are only two of us — and a little one on the way — it probably will not get much use for a while. For now, we will just remove some unnecessary walls to open it up and grind and polish the concrete slab floor.)

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Corner wall after all the plaster has been stripped.

The plan for the corner wall between the kitchen/family room and the front living room is to recreate a half-wall in the same general area surrounding the staircase. This will help to give the various spaces some house. Making it a half-wall will also allow for the back yard to be visible from the moment you enter the house.

Like last week, this week consisted of a lot of dirty work and clean-up, but we can see the light at the end of the demolition tunnel now and are excited to watch the new framing go up soon. We also submitted our official plans to the city this week.

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Estimated time for project: 8 weeks/two months
Time remaining: 6 weeks

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for #6 of Seth & Allison's Diary.

(Images & Diary Text: Alllison Gibson)

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