Owning property gives you the freedom to make minor or more drastic home improvements to suit your needs. For some, applying a fresh coat of paint on interior walls or hanging some décor will do the trick. But some people want more transformative changes. On option is removing a wall from your property.
In fact, removing interior walls is a popular approach to transform a living space. So, what are the benefits and what things do you need to consider before carrying out the work? If this intrigues you, we invite you to continue reading for what to consider before removing a wall from your property.
Your Guide To Removing A Wall From Your Property
Why remove an interior wall?
Removing an interior wall can provide a number of benefits for a homeowner. First, removing a wall can help to give the impression of more room in your property and create an open plan living space – a home improvement which has become very fashionable in recent decades. For example, a popular choice is to remove walls between kitchen and dining rooms, creating an open kitchen/diner layout which provides more room for hosting or family activities.
Another benefit of wall removal is the possibility to allow more light to fill your property, helping to make rooms feel more spacious. So, what things should you consider before removing a wall?
Check if it’s load bearing.
The most important thing to do before you start any planning is to check if the wall you are looking to remove is load bearing. These walls play a vital role in the construction and stability of your property. Therefore, any damage done to these without proper support or preparation can have serious implications for the structural integrity of your home.
If you aren’t sure, it’s always best to seek professional advice to avoid catastrophe. Load bearing walls can be removed, but the above structure needs to be reinforced before the wall is taken out. If a wall isn’t load bearing, the task should be a lot simpler.
Take safety precautions.
Removing an interior wall is a potentially hazardous task, largely because of the debris, dust and tools you need to use. Ensure you kit yourself out with the necessary protective equipment such as safety goggles and appropriate footwear to mitigate any risks of flying or falling objects. Furthermore, respirators should be worn by all inside the work area to prevent dust getting into your lungs – it’s also a good idea to open all surrounding windows and doors to allow for more air circulation while the wall is being removed. Covering furniture and doorways with sheets will help to avoid dust getting absolutely everywhere in your property, and make it easier to clean up when the work is complete.
Be sure to take all safety precautions and do your research before removing an interior wall from your home. If you have any questions or suggestions, we always love to hear from you in the comments below. Also below are links to more fantastic articles about ALL things DESIGN for your home or business.