the semi-finished product

Whew! That was a long weekend! I felt like I barely did anything, especially compared to the amount of work that Karl and Rocky did, but I'm still tired from it!

As a reminder, here's the before photo...

And by the time Rocky and Susan headed out of Seattle yesterday, here's how the wall looked...

We laid down new laminate flooring that is a 99% match to the old stuff, added one more coat of mud to the drywall and finished hooking up the water and power. The kitchen feels so spacious now with all this extra space!

The only downside to this project is that we did sacrifice some of the open flow between the living room and the rest of the house by creating this little hallway into the room instead of just having a big opening. But the upside is that the flow between office/kitchen/dining room/bedrooms is much more open now. All in all, I'd say it was definitely the right decision!