We are in the process of remodeling our small kitchen. It is a 10 x 12 kitchen with L shaped cabinets on the first 2 walls. The other 2 walls currently do not have anything on them; the one wall separates the kitchen from the living room and is a load bearing wall and the other wall separates the kitchen from the dining room and is not a load bearing wall. My plan is to knock out the non-load bearing wall between the kitchen and the dining room.
I had originally planned on carrying the laminate floor in the kitchen through to the dining room, but that is no longer in the budget due to the unexpected cost of a new air conditioner in the middle of this project. Will it look bad to have transition strips between the kitchen and the dining room (even though there is no longer a wall there) and keep the existing carpet that is in the dining room for now? Also, there is a floor air register that is currently along the wall. When we tear out the wall, it will now be in the middle of the floor. Will that look bad?
Last question...if we do tear out the wall between kitchen and dining room, that will leave the wall that separates the kitchen from the living room not connected to anything on the one end. Will that look strange having a wall there with nothing on it? We currently do not have the funds available to hire a contractor to remove it - since it is load bearing.