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Of course, the steps described above are very basic and do not describe the process in detail. Some techniques are also very different from what is described. In the end, you must absolutely call in a specialist.
Load-bearing walls are essential parts of the structure in a house and should not be removed or modified without taking proper precautions. RenoQuotes.com has a few pieces of essential advice before you undertake this type of renovation project.
Before you start doing any structural alterations, you must already be sure that your wall is indeed a load-bearing wall. Working on a load-bearing wall vs a simple partition does not imply the same risks and needs. There are several elements that can help you identify a load-bearing wall:
Are you looking for more hints that the wall is load-bearing? Check out: How to identify a load-bearing wall
However, know that there is no exact science to know if a wall is load-bearing or not, without having access to the plans of the house. When in doubt, call an engineer or a professional contractor who will be able to give you a clear answer.
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The load-bearing wall supports weight and if it is no longer able to fulfil this function, you will have to find another way for this weight to be supported. Very often, this involves installing columns or a support beam.
Here are the 9 main steps to create an opening in a load bearing wall:
Of course, the steps described above are very basic and do not describe the process in detail. Some techniques are also very different from what is presented. In the end, you must absolutely call in a specialist.
Contrary to what many people believe, load-bearing walls can be modified and even removed. If you're looking to alter the setup of your house, it can be a great option. However, since load-bearing walls help carry the weight of the house, creating an opening or removing such walls should only be done by professionals or by people who truly know what they are doing. They know the proper work techniques and will find the best solutions according to the house's layout.
To this end, destroying walls is one of the 7 renovation projects that should always be left to professionals (click on the title to access the article).
First of all, know that if you are a co-owner and not a full owner of the building where you will be completing the renovation project, you will need prior authorization. Also, make sure to contact your municipality to learn about any permits and moralities concerning this type of renovation. If you wish to make an opening in a load-bearing wall (e.g. for a door), it will cost you between $750 and $1500, without including costs for finishes (paint). Complete removal of a load-bearing wall will run you approximately $2000.
Here are a few more articles about load-bearing walls and non-load bearing walls published on our home renovation blog:
RenoQuotes.com can help you get quotes for a load-bearing wall renovation project. If you submit your project to us, we’ll put you in contact with the most suitable contractors for you. Fill in the form on our homepage (only a few minutes), and you will receive quotes from trusted renovation professionals.
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