There are many things I love about this house, but the kitchen is last on the list. It's a dark and narrow forgotten room at the back of the house. There was only one entrance into the space and you would walk around a gigantic double-sided chimney to get to the sink. To be fair - the whole house was dark until we cut back a lot of the overgrowth around the house. But the kitchen didn't improve that much as far as natural light goes. Originally - my plan was just to open up another doorway on the left side of the fireplace so you would have two entrances into the kitchen - essentially giving you the ability to walk around the giant chimney. But the more I considered it, the more I just wanted to knock down the chimney.
This is the first of many decisions that are swayed by money. This chimney is huge and has 4 fireboxes. So it’s going to cost thousands of dollars to remove and we have a very tight budget for this renovation. Never the less, the plan was to knock it down. That is until Paul started demolishing the kitchen and actually opened up the wall to the left of the dining room fireplace. Now it actually feels much more open and bright. I'm torn! On one hand - I would love a big open kitchen. On the other hand - the fireplace feels charming. Decisions decisions...