Oh for a bit of clean looking drywall! These two photos are essentially taken from the same angle and of the same area of the house. Looking from the living room to the kitchen in both cases.
On the left in 2012 just after we bought the house, there was an attic space over the utility room and rear bathroom and closet. You can see three doorways down that hall, one to the utility room, next one to the bathroom, and the third to the family room which had a vaulted ceiling and a large closet behind the bathroom.
In today’s view, the attic has been removed. The view is all the way to the end of the beam that has been opened. So the utility room was shrunk into a 6′ x 10′ space and the kitchen enlarged into an L shape for the business part and the dining parts of the eating areas. We moved the bar stool seating from the left of the space with the old kitchen sink behind it, to the right in front of the new kitchen area.
Behind the new kitchen wall is the bathroom that opens onto the family room and a small pantry area enclosed next to the refrigerator.
I flipped the triangle from the utility room to the bathroom side and lost the large family room closet.
Dave cut and installed the wall on the kitchen side of the new attic. This wall does not touch the floor so it does not have to hang. The wall below the attic will be hanging. We have gained about 12 feet of vaulted ceiling and the light from the clerestory windows. The smaller attic will hold the ventilation system.