Creating a Pass Through in Our Wall

On our mission to make our raised ranch/bi-level home not so cookie cutter, and give us some natural light in our kitchen we knew we had to open up the wall somehow.
This is our wall at the top of the stairs that divides the kitchen and family room. It's blocking a lot of natural light that we get through our entry and bay window in our living room.
After planning we opened up the wall to see what we were dealing with
After removing some of the studs, we placed the framing boards, added some trim, primed and painted.
What do you think?

Next mission..paint those ugly cabinets!
Tara Boettger
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  • Mistee Decio Mistee Decio on Nov 08, 2017

    We are getting ready to do the same thing. What are the dimensions of your cut out?

  • Leo Leo on Apr 07, 2019

    Please find out if this is a load bearing wall prior to cutting studs. The weight from the ceiling (roof & additional stories) needs to be properly transferred to the foundation (header, king & jack studs) so the structure doesn't collapse.