The Tools To Open Up
I do not claim to be a decorator. I do not claim to be full of ideas when it comes to DIY projects. But, there is one thing, Chris and I have done in our home in the past year that I want to share just in case it sparks an idea in your home. It has changed the way we live and the way we do community, which was the majority of the goal.
Look beyond my girls in this picture to the wall behind them. You can see there is just a doorway and a wall with a desk. There is a hallway to the left where people enter our house through the garage. (I’m standing in the kitchen taking the picture). Used to, when people came in our home, they “bottle-necked” in the spot where the girls are standing. Everyone wants to be in the kitchen.
Earlier this year, we decided to get rid of this wall, leaving about a 7 1/2 foot opening. We did it all for around $240! We paid our HVAC company around $180 to move a return, and my dad and Chris cut out the wall themselves. The materials were about $60. Our friend Cody, helped fix the tile, (the same one who helped in our 1/2 bath).
These second two pictures were taken from the other side of the wall looking into the kitchen.
This is the result…
And, this is what it looks like in use…
on a regular day… and a small group day…
Everyone was still crammed in the kitchen, but trust me, there was really good Mexican food in there!
Is there a wall you can cut out in your house? Wait! Let’s start over before your spouse sends me hate mail. Is there something you can do in your home to “open up?” Maybe you need to open up a wall. Maybe you need to open up your life. Maybe you could just start by opening your front door. Sometimes fostering community starts by restructuring our homes physically, and sometimes it starts emotionally. We all have to start in different places, but with Christ living in us, we have all the tools we need to start.