Asked on Jul 13, 2020

Open Floor plan ideas? Remove high bar, lower bar-suggestions pls!!

Cheryl AOlivaKathy Gunter Law
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A few years ago, we removed the wall between the breakfast nook and dining room and installed a high top bar. The nook area is still too cramped and when company visits everyone congregates at this little table and not the dining table. Looking for suggestions to make this area more open, keeping in mind the floors will have to be repaired if we remove wall totally. Pics of completed projects like this would be much appreciated! Thanks everyone!!

14 answers
  • GrandmasHouseDIY
    on Jul 13, 2020

    It would definitely seem to make more sense if the bar/room divider was removed and instead a bar be added to the kitchen counter. From there the dining room could expand into the nook and become one larger open space.

    • Carol Walsh
      on Jul 14, 2020

      Thank you! Unfortunately, the window is too close and a bar height counter won’t work.

  • Gk
    on Jul 13, 2020

    You could remove the bar/room divider and then make a bar on the countertop to the right of the little table. You could slide the big dining room table closer to the kitchen and have a small cozy conversation area with chairs in front of the fireplace. The hutch could go on the wall where you now have your wine rack. You could even have a longer dining room table! Repairing the wood floor could be minimal if you could run a wood strip perpendicular to the way the wood floor is running now. It would look like a more natural transition to the tile of the kitchen area. What a fun space to get to work with!

    • Carol Walsh
      on Jul 14, 2020

      Thank you! Love all your ideas and they will work, except the bar top on existing counter would not work because it’s too close to window. What do you think of adding adding a breakfast bar under the window using the granite from the bar, removing the table and changing out the hanging light??

  • Lifestyles Homes
    on Jul 13, 2020

    Lower the bar height to that of the dining table. Have the dining table top match the bar top.I would also change the circular shape of the dining room table top to rectangular. It is not fitting in the geometry of the space

  • B. Hannah
    on Jul 13, 2020

    I would build in banquet setting along the window and bar. You would have more seating and the added bonus of storage space!

  • Vimarhonor
    on Jul 13, 2020

    Hello. I would consider built-in seating and a larger table might be a more cozy option. Depending upon your particular seating need a new design might be considered. Right now it looks like the table small in relation to the size of the area.

  • Dee
    on Jul 14, 2020

    My neighbor lowered the height of her bar and it really looks nice. She had someone take out the granite very carefully so not to have to replace the granite.


    • Carol Walsh
      on Jul 14, 2020

      Thank you! That’s a great idea, but the breakfast nook area would still be congested.

  • Chloe Crabtree
    on Jul 14, 2020

    One alternative that might work instead of removing the high top bar would be to build in a banquette beneath the window so the table could be moved a little closer to the window (or even go with a new small rectangle table).

  • Patty
    on Jul 14, 2020

    Build in a banquette, change out the table. Finito!

  • Simple Nature Decor
    on Jul 14, 2020

    You would need to removes both counters and install a island in the middle.

  • Johnavallance82
    on Jul 14, 2020

    Hello Carol,

    Standard kitchen cabinet - no seats. Or Room Divider ( Narrow High Level Open shelves for display with cabinet below). Narrow (TOP Cabinets) used on a plinth to make a base unit with glass top display cabinets fitted on top. Hope it works for you. I know the feeling, everyone is having a good time accept the cook, who is unable to move around her kitchen without guest getting in the way and stopping progress. (they don't think there is a problem) Well there isn't! not for them anyway..............But you don't want to say go away your meal will take me longer if you don't.......Best wishes.

  • Redcatcec
    on Jul 14, 2020

    I would remove the high bar completely, for the floor use a transitional tile (maybe the color of the grout) between the rooms. Good pickup on the geometry by Lifestyle Homes on the table top. The merge between the round table and the rug underneath help to make that better.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Jul 14, 2020

    Replace the round table with a square pub table. You'll be surprised how much more room you will have.

  • Oliva
    on Jul 14, 2020

    Why not switch the round (nook) table for a narrow drop leaf style, and remove the 4 chairs when company is expected? It would force company to sit only at the bar or at the diningroom table. One leaf of the drop leaf table could be then used as extended counter space when company is present, avoiding the crowded seating at your current table.

  • Cheryl A
    on Jul 14, 2020

    you could move the round table out and build banquette seating by the window I have listed some ideas for that and here is a couple ideas you can find tons of info for designs like this online

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