Does removing walls ruin character in 100+ YO house?
I see so few examples of century homes with open concept renovations and maybe there is a good reason. Our 1902 house has lots of character but I long for more light and visual openness. It is typical of the compartmentalized style of the era where rooms could be closed off individually to conserve heat.
What are the esthetic pros and cons to consider (structural considerations aside)? Are there less intrusive ways to reach the same goal vs taking down entire walls?
I am leaning toward a one wall at a time approach but this prolongs the messy part. Thoughts?