Getting back to the structure of the kitchen… After the eight layers of flooring had been removed, it became clear that the large, decorative arch between the kitchen and dining room was not providing architectural support. In fact, it acted in the opposite; its weight was actually bearing down on the walls.
Right from the start, Bob had concerns about that arch, believing it not to be structural. John referred to it as “the magic arch” and compared it to what Star Trek might have imagined as medieval.
But now, because there was no doubt that the arch was not necessary – or even helpful – we finally agreed with Bob that it was time to remove it.
In the process of removing the arch, the paneling that connected it to the kitchen fireplace facade came off. And there, Bob made another discovery; this one even more daunting than any before.