Alright, this has been going on since last year! and I'm still not done. First and foremost, thank you mistawiskas for all your help and advice! What started off was a laundry room remodel and because of the flooring it morphed into a living room remodel as well First up the before pics: This is the living room, notice the room on the left (it was pretty useless). Here is a better shot of the "cove". Here is the laundry room. The reason for the remodel was because right next to the washer is the garage door, anytime my wife was doing laundry I would hit her with the door and because the space was tight it made getting to the garage a pain: Here are some of my plans: The new laundry room layout. The new fireplace layout.