Open plan living has been a preferred home layout for quite some time. However, most of the homes in northern New Jersey pre-date the open-plan style. There are some ways to improve the flow of a traditional home that doesn’t require knocking down walls and adding support beams. In this Roseland, NJ home, we opened up a wall into the living room to provide natural light. By also widening a doorway into the kitchen, we improved the flow and function of the first floor.
Scope of Work: Interior Carpentry
Town: Roseland, NJ
Widening a Doorway and Opening a Wall
In order to improve the flow and natural light, we made two changes to the first floor of this home. First, our carpenters opened up a wall in the living room. This large opening allows sunlight from the front of the house to pour into the living space. Since we didn’t remove the wall entirely, the support beams remained in place retaining the structural integrity of the wall. It is important to carefully inspect the wall interior. Electrical, plumbing, or ductwork can all live in walls. Some of these items can be rerouted easily, while others may require a considerable expense.
The second change was widening a doorway. The doorway into the kitchen was rather narrow. If someone was cooking at the stove, it was difficult to enter the kitchen, and perhaps a little dangerous. By widening the doorway, better access to the kitchen was achieved.
We completed the projects by framing both the doorway and interior window with matching trim.
More Interior Carpentry Projects
We can provide both functional and decorative interior carpentry projects. For example, we replaced these basement stairs, which was a purely functional job. However, we also install wainscoting and build custom shelving and mantels.
If you have a carpentry project you are considering, give us a call at 973-635-7900. We’ll schedule an appointment for a free estimate where you can discuss your ideas with an Estimator.