The decision to remove a half wall was the biggest project my husband and I have tackled. And, we are still married to share the details. We love the space between the kitchen and dining room and it looks like the way we envisioned it. And, the best part is this project to remove a half wall moved at a fast pace. The process on how to remove a half wall, from start to finish, was a total commitment of two weekends.
Here’s a sneak peek of the finished space between the kitchen and dining room. There used to be a wall with a door size entry into the kitchen.
Here’s the view from the dining room before we decided to take advantage of the light from the large dining room windows.
How to Remove a Half Wall | Before
Here is the wall from the dining room. To the left is the door size entry into the kitchen.
Here’s the view from the kitchen. We removed the half wall that housed the microwave and surrounding cabinets. Before we decided to remove these cabinets I cleared the contents. I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t miss the cabinet space. We also had to reconfigure where to store the microwave. We tried the pantry to the right but it was not practical. It’s currently stored on the counter until we gut the kitchen.
How to Remove a Half Wall | Electrical & Plumbing Details
We hired a plumber and electrician to move the mechanics to the left inside the frame. We had to add an additional outlet on the dining room wall side per electrical code. Total costs for the mechanical was just under $300.00.
Pain in the arch
This was the trickiest part of this wall removal. We had the small arch where the original entry into the kitchen existed. The main level of our house has arches in and out of every room so we wanted to keep the theme. But, we had to remove the original before we recreated a wider arch the length of the wall opening.
My husband found Archways & Ceilings, a US-based company, that specializes in creating arches. With simple instructions on their website, my husband measured the expanded wall opening. Within a week we had an MDF template ready to install. This is the frame that would create the arch. Here is an example shared from the company’s website.
We framed the top of the wall with 2×4’s and attached the MDF arch to the frame. It required a drill and screws. It was a great, affordable solution. The total cost of the MDF arch was around $100.00. The time saved: priceless.
How to Remove a Half Wall | Drywall & Texture
This project was completed over the course of 2-3 weekends. We took almost a week off during this time while we found a solution for the extended arch. It was so much easier. The quotes we received for this project were north of 6k. We finished the project for less than $1500.00. This included the plumbing and electrical.
How to Remove a Half Wall | Finished