To the layperson, the idea of moving an interior wall wouldn’t even cross your mind as a possibility. While we’ve all seen home improvement enthusiasts, professionals and amateurs alike gleefully taking a sledgehammer to drywall, much more goes into the process when you want to create an open space, while reattaching the wall elsewhere.
There are factors that need to be considered prior to removing a wall, namely what might be beneath the surface. Is it a load-bearing wall? What, if any, electrical wiring is there?
Why Move a Wall?
Most times, homeowners consider moving or removing a wall to create a larger open floor plan. Besides creating the feeling of a larger living area, an open space may also make the larger room brighter, since there is less to hinder natural light.
Moving a wall can also be done to create a new use for the space previously occupied by the wall. The best example might be a wall between a kitchen and dining area. An island may be installed for more storage and food preparation space. The open space can also provide more seating space and improve social interactions, since it’s easier to connect with other people you can make visual contact with.
Factors to Consider
There’s more to consider in a wall removal than most people realize. The approach in a two story home is likely different than with a single story residence. A two story structure presents more challenges, which will require a structural engineer, among other possibilities.
It’s also not always easy to determine if a wall is load bearing. Generally speaking, if the wall is toward the center of the home and it’s perpendicular to the joists above it, it’s bearing weight from above. Regardless, it’s usually best to consult with a professional.
Flooring and ceiling materials also need to considered prior to moving forward with a wall moving project. It’s not always easy to match existing material, which might mean new floors and ceiling remodeling need to be budgeted for.
What is revealed inside the walls matter, too. This is especially challenging in older homes that might have electrical wiring or plumbing that don’t meet current code standards. Gas, plumbing and electrical lines might also need to be rerouted.
Who Should You Hire to Move Walls?
While there are instances where homeowners might consider doing their own wall removal, hiring a professional contractor is the best scenario for most people. G and C Construction has extensive experience with architectural and electrical improvements and precision drywall installation that matches the texture of the existing drywall.
If the project includes HVAC, plumbing or other concerns, G and C Construction partners with other highly qualified contractors to complete interior wall removal. To begin with, we can set up a consultation and assess your needs. Contact us today!