Removing Walls the Right Way
Even in homes with small square footage, removing walls can be the ideal way to make things seem much more spacious, creating space in areas that once felt cramped or confined. Removing walls can also improve the flow of foot traffic throughout your home and increase your natural light, all of which are very big plusses to the minus of a wall.
Know Before You Knock
Even with all the gains you’ll get from removing internal walls, however, it’s important to remember that not all walls are optional. Sure, some are just there to create divisions between rooms. But some are structural. Knock those down willy-nilly, and you’re risking the structural integrity of your home. There also the complications of what may actually be inside the walls. Some walls have a never-ending network of electrical wiring and plumbing pipes; so before you break out your sledge hammer to knock down walls, consult with a remodeling contractor to see which walls can come down and which ones are there to stay.
Even in cases with the headache of plumbing, electrical wiring, and structural support to consider, you do still have options that will open things up. A professional will know how to remove a wall and where to safely re-install piping and wires and offer solutions to create the needed support to keep your home standing strong.
The Partial Plan
What happens when that whole wall really can’t come down? Think of an alternative like removing a portion of the wall instead. Half walls and knee walls are a great compromise in areas where plumbing and electrical work can’t be rerouted. For those tough situations when the wall is structural and a beam is out of your budget, try working around it as much as possible. Even if you just widen the entryway between spaces, it will still make a huge difference in creating a more open feel.
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