Hi - Our architect produced measured drawings of our house in preparation of our kitchen and bath remodel. There is a space that is approximately 15 inches by 30 inches in an interior wall that has no obvious purpose. This same wall includes a built-in dining room cabinet that is also approx. 15 inches deep. The space is sandwiched between a coat closet and kitchen cabinets. We would like to know what is in this space and whether it is usable space for our remodel.
The house is a center-entrance colonial in Arlington, Massachusetts built in 1916. WE have hot water heat through radiators. None of the radiators are along this wall or in the area of this space on the 2nd floor or the basement. Also, the fireplace is not along this wall.
We removed the plaster and one lath along one side of this mystery space. After about 2 inches of empty space, there is a solid wall made of layers of wood and some kind of mortar. The pieces of wood are 1.5 inches wide by approx. 15 inches long.
Does anyone know what is behind this wall and what is the purpose of this space? More important, is this space usable for our kitchen remodel?
Our plan is to remove the wall between the kitchen and dining room and replace with a peninsula for sitting and food preparation. We'd like to put the refrigerator where this mystery space is, but don't want to plan for that until we know the purpose for this space.
Thank you for your input.