It is most common to remove interior walls when you want to increase the amount of floor space. It has become increasingly popular to remove internal walls to create an open-plan living space. You can opt for this interior design idea to add a sense of space and light to your home and change the flow of your living space. Nevertheless, it is not a chore to be taken lightly.
Here are the six important considerations when removing interior walls before you grab the sledgehammer.
Purpose of Removing an Interior Wall
Your home’s aesthetics and functionality will be greatly improved when you remove an interior wall. It could be that you want to combine your dining room and kitchen, increase the amount of open space inside your house, or simply let natural light in. Getting the most value for your money comes from knowing what the purpose of removing an interior wall is.
What Utilities are Inside the Wall Cavity?
The wall cavity must be checked before removing a wall. A wall cavity may have electrical wiring, ventilation, plumbing, and air conditioning ducts. The costs of repair can be high if these are damaged. Relocating them may also require modifying adjacent walls. For safety and cost reduction, plan carefully before removing a wall.
The Type of Wall
Some people do not have construction-related knowledge. The roof of a building is supported by some walls; removing them could compromise its safety. So make sure that the wall is not load-bearing before pulling it down. You might ask why? Because it costs more to remove and maintain load-bearing walls.
What Kind of Flooring Do You Have?
Interior wall removal leaves an unfinished area on the floor. With a leftover floor finish, patch the unfinished area.
Floor finishes are often out of stock. Consider the area of floor you are exposing and what kind of patching finish you’d prefer based on cost and availability.
Any interior walls can be taken down. Planning and preparing will make you more efficient and save you money by avoiding costly accidents. You just need to know what’s involved so you can make an informed decision based on your options and budget.
Your Home’s Construction Period
There’s more to it than just construction time. Painting homes with lead-based paint was common before 1978. Inhaling the particles of these paints results in toxicity. Dust from lead is toxic. Such buildings may need their walls removed only by a qualified lead-safe renovator.
How Much Does it Cost to Remove an Interior Wall?
Removing a wall can be expensive depending on its size, type, and type of building. It is important to determine whether the wall is load-bearing or not. Architects and engineers may be required to take down load-bearing walls which can be an added expense.
A contractor constructs a structural system before removing a weight-bearing wall, like beams, columns, or posts that ensures protection. The best way to determine the proper cost of removing an interior wall is by hiring an engineer or builder.