we are remodeling a small duplex. it's about 1250 square feet in this unit, so we're hoping to open up the living room to the kitchenette/dining area to make it seem a little less cramped. this is the lower unit.
i have two questions really.
Q1: do you think it's fine, structurally speaking, to remove this half wall?
the placement of the wall between hardwood floors and what WILL be the new ceramic tile floor we are putting in the kitchen is odd. there will be a heating vent that needs to move to the floor, fine. but we need to make a decision about either tiling further out and cutting out some hardwood, or adding hardwood where the wall is being removed.
Q2: for aesthetics and ease of difficulty, which route would be better for filling in the flooring? hardwood the removed area? or tile out a little further?
pics attached. and if i didn't provide any needed info, please ask and i'd be happy to expand on it.