Last week we made great progress in the kitchen to living room pass through project. It was a lot quicker than we expected (it only took an hour and a half or so) and we’re very happy with the window so far. Of course we still have a long way to go until it’s done – redoing the wiring, retiling the kitchen, adding the trim&frame, and then of course the doors – but in the meantime we’re enjoying the extra light in the kitchen. Being able to watch TV while you cook is nice, too. I’ve created a time-lapse video of the demo for you guys, but here’s a more precise explanation of what we did.
- We started by drilling out a hole in (more or less) the middle of the window. This way you know exactly where that falls on the other side (i.e. the kitchen). We approximately knew the size of the window we wanted but we didn’t know how that would fit with the cabinets we have on the other side of the wall. And because of the floor plan the easiest way for us was to drill a hole somewhere in the middle, make sure that our idea fit with the cabinets on the other side (we had to make a little bit smaller than we thought) and then continue. Be careful not to drill into the electrical wires!
- Now, measure and mark the edges of the pass through. Use a level and a pencil for this. It’s always a good idea to step back a little and check whether it looks centered, big enough, etc.
- Once the pass trough is delimited, start chiseling and hammering away. We used the hole we had drilled as a starting point and worked our way towards the edges. Again, be careful with the wires.
- Keep hammering & chiseling! If your walls are thick and made of bricks like ours it’ll take a while.
- Continue to make that hole bigger, and be especially careful when you get near the edges. Try and make the corners as square as you can.
- You’re already done with this part of the project. Now you can clean up all the mess. Of course we had protected the floors as well as we could, with towels and paper on top of them in case a big piece of brick fell, so that it wouldn’t dent the hardwood.
Before and after pics… or should I say before and progress. The window looks smaller in pictures than in person. But it’s not like we could go any bigger though, because of the cabinets.
And here’s the video:
So as you can see, it was pretty easy, we just had to make sure the hole didn’t conflict with any existing cabinets, wires, … the worst part actually comes now, because we have to redo all those wires. I’m already looking forward to making the doors though! We’re thinking of barn-style doors with a flat track system, similar to this one from House Tweaking. We’ll be DIYing our track system though, since they don’t sell those here. Do you guys have any experience with sliding doors? I hope they turn out okay, it’s our first time using them!