So you’re finally considering giving your home the face-lift it’s been waiting for, and your plans include the giving the interior a major upgrade. Most likely, if these changes include modernizing the designs to consist of a more open floor plan, chances are you’re going to run into a need to remove a load-bearing wall.
Moving to an open floor plan has many advantages. The first is that you’re going to be able to make far better use of your home’s space without it being separated by the walls that typically hold the weight’ of many older homes on the market. Opening up the space of your home is going to free up the rest of this space, both allowing more creative designs as well as typically adding significant value through the modernization process.
That being said, the process of load bearing wall removal is time-consuming and can be costly. While the tools and materials – at first glance – can seem low in comparison to other projects of this size, keep in mind any firm that has the level of expertise necessary to do a job of this sort is going to have to consider the home as a whole, not just the wall in question. More often than not, some of your electrical wirings is going to need rerouting/replacing. Drywall/plaster and paint are most likely going to need attention. There may be plumbing and/or other issues that need to be addressed. This is before one even considers the removal of the wall itself, which requires a team that understands best to move this weight to other parts of your home, this while keeping its structural integrity intact.
Further, building permits are mandatory for this sort of work, and any contractor you’re going to want to hire is also going to be well-versed in how to follow the proper procedure and inspections to include removal of load-bearing walls in a prospective design. It’s vital that, before hiring any contractor, one checks they’re insured for this sort of work and that any policy they may have is up to date. This means you’re going to be covered if something goes awry, and more work than in the original design plan ends up being necessary. Often, if you’ve hired a structural engineer to put together your plans, they can refer you to qualified contractors who they’d recommend to do the work, but you should always ensure their paperwork is up to date.
In the long run, the wise homeowner will take his or her time before choosing the correct team to undertake major design improvements like these. A good firm won’t hurry things – they’ll look through your designs, make site visits, and make sure any works are going to pass inspection before getting started. That way, you can focus on how best to decorate after the major works are finished – all the while resting assured your home is in expert hands.
One such firm we recommend is Mayfield Renovations of Calgary, AB.