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Knock Down Walls, Build Dream Kitchens


There’s nothing quite like ‘before and after’ photographs to drive home the difference a new design can make to a space. For this installment of Member Vista we are sharing a blog post by NKBA member 123 Remodeling, a Chicago-area home improvement company. In these real world projects, walls are torn down to open up spaces, creating some dramatic results.

By Simon Jin

Are you considering opening up your home, townhouse or condominium unit?  Are walls creating barriers from your kitchen to your living or dining area?

Check out the transformation of these three kitchens in the Chicago area by 123 Remodeling.


The owners of this townhouse in Chicago’s South Loop area created this open kitchen area, providing additional livable square footage.

The wall between the kitchen and the living room was knocked down allowing for a more spacious cooking area. Plus, the kitchen has a freestanding gas range top that promotes mobility while cooking, and the industrial sized venting system prevents cooking odor from wafting throughout the newly created open concept space.



To open up this smaller high-rise condominium unit in Chicago’s Edgewater area, 123 Remodeling created a large breakfast bar in place of a solid wall.


The new granite countertop, custom cabinetry and stylish back-splash added valuable storage and counter-space, which this condo unit desperately needed. The old mirrored wall was replaced with a granite table-top dining area, creating a practical location for casual seating. The new designated dining area is furnished with contemporary barstool seating for three.


Hardwood flooring in the kitchen connects the entire condo unit seamlessly with a clean and organized theme. In addition to the new eating and seating area, the closet in the foyer leading to the main door was opened up, creating a functional laundry room.



Square footage is vital, especially if your home is in located an area that is known for its high property value, just as in this unit in Chicago’s Gold Coast area.


Additional benefits of opening up the kitchen in this smaller unit included better airflow and more sunlight, brightening up the whole unit making the condo feel more spacious.


The kitchen is a room used every day for important task like: cooking and eating! Dining in an open layout creates a more social and enjoyable atmosphere. An open floor plan kitchen promotes time for family members and guests to spend together, as it increases functionality to multi-tasking while cooking. Increased air-flow, mobility, functionality and property value are only a few reasons to “Knock Down Walls and Build Dream Kitchens.”

Many thanks to 123 Remodeling for this blog post. You can read more of their blog entries here. If you have an interesting project or a blog post you think NKBA Connect readers would enjoy, drop us a line at social@nkba.org.

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