Two rooms without a wall?

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    The house I bought is a split entry house. The downstairs at one time had a garage. That was converted into a huge family room (read: 700-800 sq. ft.). I would like to separate this room into an office and a rec room. Putting in a wall would be the first option, but I'm sure that could cost $10K easily. So I'm thinking about using something else to separate the spaces... like some ceiling-to-floor bookcases or something. It wouldn't close the office space completely, but that's not a big deal.

    Has anyone ever heard of someone doing this? Or am I totally insane?
     
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    It's your house - you can do whatever suits you with it. I personally like the idea of a bookcase room divider - one can never have too many bookshelves, imo.

    But this is completely orthogonal to the issue of your sanity.

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    Sanity is overrated anyway!
     
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    actually it wouldnt be as hard as one might think. deciding wehre to split it would be the hardest part!
    weve done that at my parents house, plus knocked out a couple. its messy, but fun
     
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    jeff, are you handy with a hammer? framing a wall, running electicity to new outlets and drywall, some paint and you are done. I bet you could it in a weekend.....where I come from 10 large would buy a small house!! no shit! seriously..go to Home Depot and talk to someone knowledgable there...price some dry wall, 2X4's and paint plus some tools..you will have enough left to go on vacation to Florida..maybe twice!!Dive right in..
     
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    plaster and Lathe??? OOHHH YYEEAA give me the sludge and stand back!!
     
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    Jeff, jsut fly me down, ill lead you through it no prob! im not afraid to get dirty...lol you should see what ive done up here.

    and yes Jon, plater and lathe... its an old old house, so its that cement and lathe...lol
     
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    house i had I Iowa was cement/lathe too...had a tornado hit it and lost windows on 3 sides of the house, part of the roof but that house took it..love them old houses..
     
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    Just a thought. Do you have central air? If so, be careful not to build an imbalance into the system. You know- where one room is frigid and the other is hot as haides.
     
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    Hmmm... didn't think that putting a wall in would be easy. I can hammer until the sun comes down but I'm no electrician. I don have some friends that are knowledgable about it though. I'll have to do some research - this is a long-term project. We have to paint the house and get the yards going first!
     

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