Removing a load-bearing wall from a home to open-up the space and light-up a dull room that hardly gets any sun is a great way to improve your home and make it more appealing.
While you may be worried about the cost of knocking down a load-bearing wall, it can often work out much cheaper to remove internal walls and make better use of the available floor space than to add an extension.
Removing an internal load-bearing wall can often be quick and painless. If you want to knock two small rooms into one more functional space, it may only take a few days to do the most intrusive part of the job!.
Charges for a load-bearing wall removal
The total cost of removing a load-bearing wall in your home will depend on a few factors. Firstly, the type of home you have, its structure and location of the wall to be removed. Those factors will determine the type of support configuration needed.
Costs may vary according to what materials the supporting structure are made from. For example, an RSJ or concrete/ modular lintel beams may be required to provide adequate support to take loads from above.
There will also be labour costs for the wall removal, finishing and debris clean up and disposal. This will depend on the size of the wall that needs removing, how easy it will be to temporary prop the structure above and making good afterwards.
For example, removing a load-bearing wall to knock through a kitchen and dining room can cost around £2000 to £4500 for an average-sized semi-detached house. This approximate costs may vary between contractors depending on ease of access for element installation, material procurement and fabrication costs, sub-contractor costs etc.
Opening-up two large rooms may require a more robust support or even a frame structure so the material costs will increase with the size of the room and the amount of weight that needs to be supported.
Average costs for a standard load-bearing wall removal calculations
The most common requests we have from our customers in and around the Croydon area, are drawing up structural plans to remove a load-bearing wall between a kitchen and dining room or between a dining room and living room.
The average price of a load-bearing wall removal calculations and drawings can vary from £550 to £1100 depending on how many elements we need to design and time needed to develop drawing documentation.
If you want to make sure that your building project goes as smoothly and is as cost-effective as possible, then it helps to have your structural plans drawn up by a professional from GL Design Services Ltd.
We have many years in chartered and civil engineering and helped many homeowners in and around the Croydon area of London to get their home renovation projects done on time and in compliance with Building Regulations (Part A).
To help price your wall removal project, why not get in touch with us so we can draw up supporting layout and calculations. This way, your building team will know precisely what is needed to safely support the the wall or structure above.