This is happening! We are not really ready for complete demo yet (cabinets are not even ordered!), but we did want to see what was behind this wall and measure exactly where the chimney was. Actually, we have to determine whether we can, or even want to expose the chimney.
It doesn't look great now, and it will need to be sealed up and rebricked where the old coal stove fed into it. Not to mention totally cleaned up. There are also some electrical wires running up the right side to the second floor. We need to find out if we can move/hide those.
But look at how much room we have now! We took that silly closet out and gained over a foot. The fridge will sit back there eventually, next to the hopefully-exposed chimney. But see that gas line? Yeah, that's going to be tricky.
The big news is we think we can move the doorway more to the right now, which will give us room for a longer run of sink cabinets and...drumroll...a very shallow floor-to-ceiling pantry there. To say I am psyched would be a huge understatement!
On the other side of that run of cabinets (where we'll eventually have range, dishwasher, sink, pullout trash, pantry), Michael framed up the wall so we can clear up that weird gap behind the cabinets, and take advantage of the extra space with a narrow linen cabinet next to the bathroom door.