If you’re looking to take on any large-scale home renovations, chances are that you’re looking to do the most transformative work you can whilst keeping the costs as low as possible.
However, many of the home renovation options that make the largest difference to your space also come with the largest price tag. Luckily, there are plenty of things that you can do to transform your home with little to no planning permission, minimal time spent on building work and for a surprisingly affordable price.
One such home improvement is removing a partitioning internal wall within your home. Here we’ll talk about why your home could benefit from this work, as well as what you need to know before you look into starting this project – and how we could help you.
Why Would I Remove A Partitioning Wall?
When we say ‘partitioning internal wall’, we mean any wall that is not a part of the outside of the home, simply separating two different rooms of the house.
With this in mind, there’s many instances where removing a partitioning wall could make a huge difference to a space within your home.
For one, removing the separating wall between your living room and kitchen could allow for the creation of an open-plan space between the two areas, as well as giving you the room to add a dining area, too. Not only will this give your home a more spacious, modern feel, but it will also make the home feel a lot more social and change the ‘flow’ of the space overall.
This could also give you the opportunity to extend your kitchen to allow for a more kitchen installations – more storage space, an island, a utility area, etc. – without the need for an extension, which usually requires planning permission, several weeks of construction work and higher building costs.
You may also be able to remove a partitioning wall on the second floor of your house. This is most commonly done to merge two bedrooms and create one much larger bedroom or with the separating wall between an unused bedroom and family bathroom removed, allowing for the bathroom to be extended.
In many cases, especially in the case of creating an open plan living, kitchen and dining area, this renovation may even increase the resale market price of your home if you do ever choose to put your property on the market. In fact, it’s thought that creating an open plan kitchen may even increase your home’s resale value by up to 20%, as it is an especially attractive feature to any buyers who are particularly interested in choosing the most spacious home that they can.
What Do I Need To Consider First?
Before removing a partitioning wall, or even considering it, you should have a fair understanding of what you’re planning to do with the space that you create in the process – otherwise, it’s a difficult process to reverse if you aren’t keen on the finished result!
Once you’re sure that removing the wall is something you want to do, you need to check whether or not this is safe structurally. It’s crucial that you find out whether or not the wall in question is load-bearing – essentially, whether or not this particular wall supports other elements of the house, such as the roof or a wall on a higher floor.
If the wall is load-bearing, you should most likely not remove it, as this could compromise the structure of the house and may, in extreme cases, lead to elements of the home collapsing. At the very least, you should not attempt to remove the wall without the help of a professional.
If the wall is found not to be a load-bearing wall, then that’s good news! Not only is it safe to remove, but it will also be fairly easy to remove, too.
To determine whether or not the wall is load-bearing, there are a few simple checks that you can do. For one, you can tap in spots across the wall and listen out for whether or not the sound is ‘hollow’ – if it is, the wall is likely a simple partitioning wall. If the sound is more dense, it may be a necessary load-bearing wall.
You could also check upstairs or downstairs (depending on where the wall that you wish to remove is) to determine whether not any walls on the next floor are directly in line with the wall you’d like bringing down. If you find that other walls do seem to be directly in line with the wall in question, the wall you are looking to remove may be a load-bearing wall.
In any case, it is always for the best to contact a professional before taking on any project like this, as mistakes may cause irreparable damage to not just the look of your home, but to the core structure of the building itself.
Contacting A Professional
When taking on such an important project, you want to ensure that you’re contacting a construction team with the knowledge, expertise and experience to carry out the work to the highest possible standard and produce a fantastic finish at the project’s end.
Here at Steve Bebb Building Services, we have over 30 years of experience in delivering a great, tailored service to each and every one of our clients, whatever the job. If there’s a construction project that you want completing, we’ll do everything we can to make sure that we deliver a finish that you’ll be 100% happy with.
If you’d like any more information on the services that we offer or whether or not we may be the right team to take on your desired construction work, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’re here and happy to help!