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Old 09-22-2014, 04:13 PM
 
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Is your intent to use this bar/bars to eat at regularly instead of a table? Because there is just no way that sitting at a bar is as comfortable or cozy as sitting at a table.
Yes for eating. I don't really do kitchen tables. I need TV while I eat.
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Old 09-22-2014, 04:15 PM
 
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I know this thing has been hashed before in another thread, but just wanted to add-

Those openings and spindles were definitely an afterthought- there's no way that would have pasted a framing inspection- even in the 60's!
I'm starting to think the original owner may have added them. Apparently, he was a pretty "handy" guy. Back then, before information was so easily accessible, people probably did all kinds of crazy things.
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Old 09-22-2014, 04:19 PM
 
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But that is not what you are doing!

Yours are INSIDE the kitchen; the inspiration photo has stools outside the kitchen.

I think perching on stools and peering into the next room is odd. I would close the wall entirely.
Isn't the "rage" open concept nowadays? Apparently, people like peering into other parts of the house while they do everything except potty.
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Old 09-22-2014, 04:21 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Even if you think that, what you are doing is not open concept - unless you eliminate the entire wall.
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Old 09-22-2014, 04:26 PM
 
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I understand the desire of opening the wall though. Lots of moms like to keep an eye on the kids while cooking and then for entertaining the access to food and drink is better.

Oh I hope you get rid of the ceiling fan.

But yes what goes on the other side of the wall in the living room?
My couch is on the other side. The ceiling fan is probably from the 90s but it doesn't really bother me. Maybe I'm crazy but I like keeping a few things to remind me of how the house looked when I bought it...the old lady that lived here for 45 years probably liked it and now I can stare at it and figure out what she liked about it.
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Old 09-22-2014, 04:28 PM
 
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Even if you think that, what you are doing is not open concept - unless you eliminate the entire wall.
I'm definitely not going for open concept...just trying to watch tv while I eat instead of always bringing food into the living room. Perhaps "opener" concept. Being able to pass stuff through the opening comes in handy too.
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Old 09-22-2014, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Yes, the second look is much more updated than the first. Spindles are a dated look, and unless you want to be tied to colonial style furniture, then get rid of them. I like a large opening with a bar much better than two small windows. Or, better yet, knock the whole wall down and open it all up.
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Old 09-22-2014, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Ceiling fans are a useful and energy-saving appliance. I wouldn't get rid of it, either.
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Old 10-25-2014, 12:10 AM
 
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Finally got it done and settled on one opening that is 8 feet wide.
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Old 10-25-2014, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Looks good. Thanks for the update.
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