Open /partially remove wall...

Hello all, I'm hoping for some feedback from Diyers and Pros alike! I am preparing for a project for this coming fall and need input on possibilities and costs, please!
q open partially remove wall
This is the wall between my dining room and kitchen, I'd like to open it enough to put a bar or countertop barstools on the dining room side. Obviously, I cant take the whole thing out because of the opening to the basement, but I'd like it to be wide as possible..
q open partially remove wall
The kitchen on the other side of this wall does have cabinets. ( that I'm willing to lose on the top) also has electrical in this wall. Below this is a fully finished basement. I THINK this wall might be load bearing..
q open partially remove wall
So basically, this is what I'd like to have as the end result.. Can anyone tell me if a beam would be necessary since the  entire wall isn't being removed and a rough idea on costs? I'm in Balt, MD Thank you !
  8 answers
  • Shoshana Shoshana on Jul 13, 2017
    I would start with determining first if the wall is load bearing.
  • KMitton KMitton on Jul 13, 2017
    It's a major reno to take out a wall... But so worth it! We balanced our load bearing wall via the floor and an anchor to the bsmnt. I would suggest a good licensed professional who will be up to codes. Will be costly though.
  • Emily Emily on Jul 13, 2017
    Yes, you can do it but I would like to caution you. . . not from a structural viewpoint but from a decorating viewpoint. IMHO "open concept" or as I call it, furniture store concept, will die out soon. You think you will not miss those cupboards but where will you put the contents? Where will you put your nice display in the dining room? We have a very small kitchen, only 7' wide and we did open up the wall at the end towards a larger room we have. It is a load bearing wall and since the opening is less than 7' the man doing the work said if we leave part of the beam it would be o.k. I will post a picture when I find it. I don't see that there is much to be gained by having an opening. If people (family) are in the larger room here they don't talk to the cook, they talk to each other. p.s. I like your decorating style.
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    • Jessie Jessie on Jul 13, 2017
      Oh, also.. this house has two full kitchens...the main one this floor and a second one in the basement. Almost all the cabinets down there are empty.. so I really could spare the upper cabinets on that wall..
  • Emily Emily on Jul 13, 2017
    Found some pics but not what I wanted. I guess what I meant to say is that when we took down our wall . . . it did not contain any storage. It was a wall with a door in it. We actually gained storage as we added the "peninsula" which had four drawers in it. You see in first picture how much of the beam we had to leave (on right of pic)
    • Jessie Jessie on Jul 13, 2017
      Very nice.. I love the hanging cups and plates.. Its partially why I want it open.. I really love the kitchen and just want to be able to see the wholeness of it..
  • Sandra Smith Sandra Smith on Jul 13, 2017
    I have been wanting to do the same thing LOL BUT hubby said NO so I am having to live with the way it is & we only use dining room a few times a year anyway
  • Jessie Jessie on Jul 13, 2017
    Don't settle for that ! ..LOL we just bought this house last year and I knew when I saw the layout that would be one of my first projects.. There is a back deck in the kitchen with large sliding glass doors.. the line of sight would be fabulous, from the front door all the way back through to the new French doors that I plan on putting in when we get the wall open ! LOL he fights me but I always win! (well sometimes..)
  • Laura Laura on Jul 13, 2017
    I am not a fan of formal dining so I say take it out. Leave a support beam across expanse so u can still.display your silver and maintain support. Bring a wide white wood 12" column down right where light switch is. Saves u the electrical problem also put shelves on kitchen side for cups etc. Not sure if sink or stove will be on kitchen side of island, if its sink you can put stemmed glass hanging rack above. If it's can hang your nicer pots from half round rack on kitchen side. You keep some storage this way.for
  • Jessie Jessie on Jul 13, 2017
    Great ideas about the electric.. but sink and stove are on the other side of kitchen.. that wall simply has cabinets and counter top!