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Old 11-05-2013, 04:32 PM
 
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Those two doors give you no space to really use that room for anything. If you want to have a real entertaining space in the house, I understand why you are looking to make the changes.
The left most one is the door out back (small hallway with bathroom) and the second is a small office. Plus a third door to the left on the turn, to go small basment, and a fourth door for a closet... plus the 3 steps down

I put 1/2 a second thought into opening that center wall up, but thats holding up the entire second floor, and not something I want to mess with. The shelved wall to the garage seems like a better deal


Been noodling this.. and I think as long as engineer doesnt come back with some ridiculous estimate we're gonna do it. Have option to add garage in front or on other side down the road.
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:19 AM
 
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two months later... an update

We are NOT converting the garage. I am actually very happy about that.

The lower level of the split level, we are knocking out all of the walls and making it one large entertainment room. We are also adding a 12ft glass slider door at the back to open the room up to the outside and pool. It should be very dramatic

Very happy to have both the garage and the larger entertainment space. I had just assumed the beams needed to hold up the second floor with the walls knocked out would be a big deal, which is why i was targeting the garage.. So brought in an engineer/architect and find out its a simple few hour job to get it in place (with properly sized beam)

Many more steps to go...!

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Old 01-14-2014, 10:21 AM
 
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Sounds like a great plan!
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Old 01-22-2014, 12:40 PM
 
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rendering attached.

See post #12 up for core details.

Updates...
1) knocking out the wall almost entirely.
2) 12 ft window slider. 3 ft panes on end, 2 sliders in middle. Basically the entire back wall will be glass. Will open to patio block, pool, and woods.
3) Wetbar: wet-bar in area that was a big empty pantry space. Its incorrectly placed in this image. will be on the other wall 90 degress to left. (pantry space was where HVAC would go normally but this house has bonus basement where hvac is located)
4) On the right wall will be a doorway to garage. No access into house currently.

space is about 22x22... but take away space for existing bathroom, wetbar etc... smaller. Decent sized for entertaining tho and with all the glass the room will feel extended into the outside
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Old 01-22-2014, 02:57 PM
 
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rendering attached.

See post #12 up for core details.

Updates...
1) knocking out the wall almost entirely.
2) 12 ft window slider. 3 ft panes on end, 2 sliders in middle. Basically the entire back wall will be glass. Will open to patio block, pool, and woods.
3) Wetbar: wet-bar in area that was a big empty pantry space. Its incorrectly placed in this image. will be on the other wall 90 degress to left. (pantry space was where HVAC would go normally but this house has bonus basement where hvac is located)
4) On the right wall will be a doorway to garage. No access into house currently.

space is about 22x22... but take away space for existing bathroom, wetbar etc... smaller. Decent sized for entertaining tho and with all the glass the room will feel extended into the outside
Very cool, it looks great.
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Old 02-04-2014, 04:59 PM
 
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Very cool, it looks great.
Thanks!

In a holding pattern with the main downstairs area...
Waiting on build permits. Well, its only been a week as it took a lot longer to finalize all of the details.
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:32 AM
 
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Thanks!

In a holding pattern with the main downstairs area...
Waiting on build permits. Well, its only been a week as it took a lot longer to finalize all of the details.
Hey, progress is progress.
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:30 AM
 
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Looks good! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:55 AM
 
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We put the beams and slider in this weekend!
Came out better than I anticipated.

We now have an awesome "oh wow" room AND still have the garage!


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Old 03-25-2014, 05:18 AM
 
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I love those doors! I think that you made the right choice.
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