It's hard to describe what we are doing, so I've done a (new) picture (for those over-observant people who noticed I didn't have doors for the dining room in the first picture. I also added the door to the outside from the kitchen!):
The 'new office' used to be the three season porch. We currently have our 'office' in the den. And the TV and where we mostly sit is in the living room. Our original plan was to move where we sit and the TV into the den - mostly because of a desire to actually get to use our fireplace. The den has nasty fake wood paneling that we were planning on ripping out and replacing with new wallboard. But, as the new office was finishing up and we started figuring out the layout of the den - we really couldn't figure out how to make it a usable room - especially with the size of TV Aaron wants to get, lol!
We made the decision to knock down that wall between the den and the living room, and make it all one nice big room. In some respects, we'll be losing the opportunity for a separate space for a 'play room' - but that space would have been the current living room - and I don't know that I would have wanted to turn that into a play room anyway.
I'm both excited and scared for this next step. Aaron assures me it won't take that long - but the new office took almost a year! I really don't want the whole downstairs of my house torn apart for months on end. We had a serious talk about it - and he promises it will be done before soccer season (he is a coach, and it's a major time suck for 6 weeks out of our lives each season - nothing else gets done during soccer season!). When it is done - it's going to look awesome.
This weekend I'll post pictures of the new room, and you can all look forward to more de-construction pictures in the weeks to come!