b4 + after : dining room

A make-shift bedroom addition becomes a beautiful light-filled dining room. 

This house underwent a huge renovation removing 8+ walls and rebuilding every exterior wall and roof in the main living space (entry, dining, living, kitchen). The dining room used to be a bedroom, and was built with a lean-to roof built out of 2x6s. The initial idea was to keep the structure, but once we dug in and saw how it was built we had no choice but to rebuild it. It ended up being a blessing because we raised the ceiling about 2-ft on the window wall and 3-ft where the pitch meets the pitch of the entryway and kitchen roofline. 

It's hard to capture how many walls were removed, so we tore off the drywall allowing you to see through the space a bit. Keep an eye on the wall with windows to orient yourself as you're looking at the before and after pictures. 

 

Irvine Dining After
 b4: standing on the original stairs in the side entryway, you can see we already removed one wall (far left you can see transition from tile to tan carpet), which was the closet to this room. In the middle of the picture, we tore off the drywall so you can see into what will become the dining room. 

b4: standing on the original stairs in the side entryway, you can see we already removed one wall (far left you can see transition from tile to tan carpet), which was the closet to this room. In the middle of the picture, we tore off the drywall so you can see into what will become the dining room. 

To the right, past the studs is the living room, on the left is the dining room. You can see the living room transformation here. Ultimately there were 6 walls that we removed to make an open dining, entry and living space. Notice how low the ceiling was in the dining room. Even though they built it as a lean-to, they decided to do a drop/flat ceiling. 

 b4: dining room with view into living room.

b4: dining room with view into living room.

In the image below you can see how far they dropped the ceiling - it was just over 6.5"!

before dining room

Standing in the dining room, looking to the living room on the left and entryway to the right. The rustic wood you see behind the leather couch is a barn door we used for the master suite closet.

 b4: dining room looking left to the living room and right to the entryway.

b4: dining room looking left to the living room and right to the entryway.

In the picture below we've removed the ceiling drywall and framing to make it a flat ceiling. That's when we discovered it was built improperly, so while we were excited to see it was a lean-to and we could vault the room, we were bummed to see it all had to come down and needed an entirely new roof. Looking to the left through the studs you can see the kitchen. Those 2 walls will come down as well so that it's all one big open living space. We did a separate post all about the kitchen.

before dining room
Irvine Dining Room After