Are you tired of being stuck in the kitchen while your guests and family enjoy time together in the next room? If so, you may want to consider opening a kitchen wall to create a pass-through. Pass-through is an area of the wall that has fallen into the kitchen and the adjoining room to create a slit-like window. They are rather easy for the homeowner experienced do-it-yourself “to cope, but there are definite pros and cons, and safety issues to consider.
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The benefits of creating a pass depends on how you use your home. If you entertain a lot or feel connected to the next room, a pass allows you to do that. Open up the two rooms and create a more light and airy. Pass-through cooks also allow food to pass easily from one room to another. They are relatively inexpensive to create, if the right wall is chosen for the step-through design.
It may seem that there is no problem to create something that opens and lights up a room. Unfortunately, as with any project of home improvement, there are always drawbacks to changes in the structure of the wall. With a pass-through, the biggest drawback is that the two rooms will be significantly altered to accommodate the length and height of the opening. It may be less problems in a living room or dining room where the wall cabinets come into play, but in a kitchen on the location of existing cabinets and appliances can make all the difference. If your range is limited by space and in fact there is no wall that is not being used by the cabinet or a large device, a step can be more difficult to install than worthwhile. Another drawback is that the limits of privacy for each room. No longer can have a private conversation with the guests of women in the kitchen while the men are watching a sports game. With a step, the talks are bound to be heard in both places.
Cut in the drywall and the creation of an opening is not as simple as it seems. Be sure to check all existing electrical wiring or plumbing that are running through the wall at the location where the crossing is. Cut into existing drywall is a complicated issue and will not start, only to find that you have to repair the wall as a tube running along the area. Also be careful where you cut is not a load bearing wall for the house. If you are concerned about how to remove the studs from the wall, consult a professional builder and consider hiring a contractor to install the support beams if necessary at the top of the transfer.