Opening up living spaces is always a favorite and smart way for homeowners to improve their homes. This North Raleigh home went from three small closed off areas (living room, dining room, and kitchen) to one large space that is perfect for groups or family interacting with the cook. Walls were removed, new hardwood flooring installed, and lots of good lighting added (both recessed and decorative fixtures). A large tiered island keeps messy food prep out of sight while providing additional bar seating. Opening up turned this dated 1970s house into a fresh new home ready for today’s lifestyles.