really wanted to open this room up. originally i was only going to just open up half the wall and leave a little shelf/ledge, but, nah, let's just go all in.
so, i had a guy come out and check and see if the walls were load bearing. his opinion was that they, in all likelihood, were not load bearing. but you never really know until you start knocking shit down..
first wall i've knocked down. decided to reinforce the shit out of the columns juuust in case.
if you don't have a prybar, go get one. it's the best tool i've ever owned — BAR NONE HAHAHAHA
i went in and basically shored up the entire column with brand new studs. the whole thing is now wood.
but look at the other wall directly across the hall. that stupid wall with its stupid random fucking triangle. WHY, ARCHITECT? why did you put these walls up in the first place, but why did you decorate one of them with a stupid triangle?
because it was such a wonderful pain in the fucking ass to destroy my home the first time, i decided to do it again! this wall now dies.
can't let it get into the baby's playroom if i want to continue my addiction to breathing.
this wall has wayyyy more studs. i'm getting super nervous now. oh, and it has power.
this is like 1/10th as messy as it got, between the cans and cans of drywall i hauled out, the crazy amount of dust, the studs, etc. it's ridiculous.
starting to kill studs and get more scared.
bought a shop vac. amazing investment.
cat5's removed, whatever, capped into the ceiling. power's danglin'
did some propping up of the ceiling or something while i tried to figure out how to add more support. in hind sight, this is stupid and pointless the way it was executed. i was worried about the ceiling falling down, i was lazy and tired, so there were shortcuts and hoping for the best.
here's what i arrived at. we're gonna reinforce the columns more, plus reinforce the ceiling. originally i was going to do two 2×9"s for the headers, but, that shit was really heavy and i was doing this entire project solo, so, shortcuts were made.
got a framing nailer and went to town. the big studs are 5" around, all-in it's like 15" of solid wood. it's gotta be enough to reinforce a non-load bearing wall JIC
at this point i was pretty fuckin' over it. i wasn't going to drywall this up. i called in some pros. hopefully pros that could work with my amateurness and complete lack of talent or skill.
once these things were opened up, it's bizarre to me why they were ever closed.