My mom has been living in an apartment next to my sister’s house for the past number of years and the family recently decided to make the two spaces into one communal home. My sister and brother-in-law have four kids and the added square footage has made a huge difference for them. It has been a really big job and, after they opened the wall and refinished the floor, they flew me out to help with the final stage. My mom and sister are the hardest working women I know and we put a ton of sweat equity into this project. By opening up the wall, several things made a big difference. First my sister’s dining room, which was extremely tiny, became a hallway/entryway/office. They now eat on the other side of the house and cook in the other kitchen. Second, their old kitchen is turning into a kids’ TV/playroom. So all of their toys and board games will go into that room. With these changes rooms that felt really tight began to feel wide open. Let’s start with the old dining room.