Nell, I am there are plenty of folks here to give you great advice on how to begin the transformation! Would it be possible for you to post a few picture of your home so that we can see what you see?
I have gotten great advice here on Hometalk by posting photos and even sketches of my room layout.
ok , i will just soon as my daughter come and show me how to post them.
FYI - you can still go back to your original question to edit what it is you are exactly asking .. and yes, photos are VERY helpful !
Is this transformation for you to live in, or are you putting your house on the market?
When I think "open", I think of walls coming down. When I think of walls coming down I think of the house coming down around me... YIKES!
If you're serious about opening up some areas, remember the most important rule of home ownership... KNOW which of your walls are LOAD-BEARING.
Once you have that nailed... let your imagination run wild, Nell! Oh, and get that daughter involved right away (tell her you just bought a 4 pound sledge hammer and your intent on using it).
I am keeping the house,I just want to make it look more spacious. I am trying to get picture up now.
I think some color and patterns in the guest bath would make it very unique! What a great open space!
I have posted more pictures of the rest of the house.