This series of pictures is how it looked while the wall was still up.  
Because there was a possibility that the ceiling joists needed support of some kind (and was why the wall was built in the first place), I decided that maybe I should tie it all together with a beam, and then support that beam with a two post decorator partition at each end.

Sheet rock has been removed in a "rough draft drawing" of one idea of what to do with it.  The white at the top would be a beam.  The final design of the two sections would not be a flat structure, but have floor to beam posts on each side of both decorators, and the solid areas inset. 

The 2 X 4's are still in, but removed in the next series.  As you can see, the left side has an arched top in the opening, while the one on the right is square, as I wanted to see how each might look in the finished stage.  It was proposed to have a decorator shelf at the bottom of both open areas, with some sort of flower arrangement or other accessory placed upon them.

Here we see what it would look like without the 2 X 4's, and therefore gives more of an idea of what it might look like.  (You may notice some curvature distortion due to the use of the wide angle lens.)      
In talking with my next door neighbor (a General Contractor that knows the house well, as he did work on it for the original owner), I received confirmation that this wall was totally unnecessary, and not needed for any kind of support.  So here is how it would look if the wall were totally removed.

The black pipe hanging down from the ceiling on the right went to a wall heater in the "L" shape at one time, and must be removed.  So far, I have not wanted to be bothered with doing so.

It is hard to really tell in these pictures how much more open the whole area is without the decorator partitions , but believe me, when seeing it in person, the difference is quite noticeable.  Therefore, the idea to put up a beam with a decorator section on each end is more than likely OUT!  Especially since the support of the ceiling joists is not needed.  The whole idea in the first place was to open up the area into one very large room.  When including the dining room and kitchen, there is around a 1000 sq. ft., and I just could not see why anyone would want to chop up such a space.

The next pictures show what I decided to do.  I have put up a decorator shelf where the wall was, with pillars at each end.  Not only does this add interest to the room, but it saved me from having to patch the ceiling where the wall was taken out.


This has been quite a project for this ol' duffer who has never done anything like this before.  So many questions had to be answered, like, what should the design be?  Then, how long should it be so that it does not crowd the dining room as the wall did, and how wide should I make the shelf, as well as how far down should I hang it?  Then, how do I hang it?  What material should it be made of?  How should the pillars be designed?  How do I make those?  What tools will I need to make the whole structure?  How do I make everything level, straight, and square, and believe me, that takes a lot of doing?  How do I get the electrical to the plugs at the bottom of those pillars?

What you now see is the result so far from all of the cogitation in creating.  There is much more to do.  The pillars must be anchored to the cement in case of an earthquake.  Then, should I texture them, and if so, what type of texture with what material?  And of course, what should the color be, or colors if I decide to put a faux finish on them.  I will also have to choose molding to use on the pillars, and shelf, and that will take a bunch more of my lightning quick mind to decide which type of molding to use.

So, though you can see the progress, and the general idea of what it will look like, I am far from having a finished product, and it will look much different than what it does right now when it is finished. 

What you see on the shelf is not what will go there.  I just placed some things on it for demonstration purposes.   You will notice that the red walls are gone.  I just could not take them any longer and had to get rid of them.  Neither could we tell what colors would go well as the red was just too distracting.  We have not yet decided what the final colors will be, but should be coming to it soon.  That will also take quite a bit of thinking, and probably some trial and error.  

You will also notice that the picture (which looks like I will have to keep as I see no way to sell it for what it is worth) has been hung where it will go.

You would not believe what it has taken to make these pillars.  There are at least thirty parts, besides the nails and screws.  That is a lot of cutting, and it all had to be square with everything else involved.  Every corner has been beveled 45 degrees, so none of the seams show.  Cutting the long sections so that they would go together perfectly was not easy.  I still have to anchor it to the cement for earthquake protection.  I will place a block at the base on the inside, and put anchor bolts through it into the cement, and then screw the box into that block.  

We do have earthquakes here, and that had to be taken into mind in the building of the entire structure.


This is looking from the family room side.  The sheet rock has not yet been put up on the back of the shelf, as the electrical will have to be strung before I can do that.  So, you can see the frame work from which the shelf itself is hung.  This shelf had to be straight, and level, or it would bother the eyes miserably.  There might be some variation, maybe as much as a 16th of an inch, but it is not bad for government work. You will probably notice the work table where I keep all of my tools, screws, nails, etc., and where I build some of the parts.  You can't really tell how much is there, but it is a bunch.  Like two drills, one cordless, two nail guns for different size nails which are powered by an air compressor , several levels, squares, yard sticks and tape measurers and of course, many hand tools.  The reams of paper used for designing are out of sight.


Just as a point of interest, this shows the set up in the room where my office will go.  I do all of the cutting here.  You will first of all notice the table saw, and the wood table I built around it for cutting large pieces.  Beside the trash can on the left is the stand which goes in front of the saw used to hold the large boards when being fed into the saw. Here you can see the power miter saw more clearly than in the other picture, and the roller stand which holds the material steady while cutting.



















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