Yep, it’s coming soon! Well my kitchen walls are anyway. I have a LOT of small things to take care of first, one of which is
planning obsessing over important imperceptible details. Yeah, I found a little more complication in the midst of blitzing the finish work, but for better or for worse, I brought it all on myself this time. Just a reminder, this is a preliminary look at what I was thinking, layout wise.
Let’s start by looking in from the living room. The narrow “dining room” window tops off about 93 inches off the floor. Thanks to a convenient slope in the kitchen floor, this lines up perfectly with the 96 inch patio door I bought. In between, the window over the kitchen sink is a bit lower in the existing opening, but the 2×3 framing we added to make cabinet installation easier cheats the opening up to line up with the other two. The big interior opening, which we’ll continue to call the kitchen arch, is now about 4 inches higher than the others. I’ve decided to frame it down to line up with the other openings and then wrap them all in the same reproduction wood trim.
Remember the original wall. I actually liked the way the division kept the living room well proportioned; about twice as long as it is wide. Completely open rowhouses are too long and narrow for my liking. I hope that building the opening down a little (but up a lot from where it was) and in on both sides enough to have trim all the way around it, will visually define the rooms without closing up the house.
Then there’s the patio door opening. I love all the glass, but in the city I think I’m going to need privacy. My only requirement is that whatever I put up pretty much disappear when opened. This means no wood blinds. They would stack up over 11 inches deep if I put them on the patio door. Plus, they’d be heavy.
I thought of installing huge shutters that slide open like pocket doors. This has the advantage of being totally awesome. It would look great closed and completely disappear when open. They would never be in my way. And they would be unique. The downside? They’d be expensive and a lot of extra work. I’d have to build out the wall like this (the coat closet upstairs)
And plus with this framing I’d lose a little bit of my kitchen. And the wall is nowhere close to level, so I’m not sure how well it would work to have something hanging on a track from above. (The patio doors slide but on tracks above and below.)
The alternative? Some kind of shade that folds up to almost nothing. Either a pleated or honeycomb shade, or a (nice fabric) roller shade. Or really anything that gets really small when it’s opened. If I did a roller shade it would operate on a bead chain, and I might even make it myself (or get a friend who sews to make it for me), possibly out of colorful or patterned fabric. The spring loaded mechanisms on most roller shades fill me with rage. And if I have something that’s unattractive when opened, I’ll mount a piece of wood trim in front of it to hide it. Problem solved.
Anyways, what I choose to do there is not set yet. I’m thinking the cheap and easy solution is the way to go, but maybe that’s the tired, hungry, and (house) poor in me talking. What do you say?