Cost To Remove a Load Bearing Wall
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 liveable.
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 a building 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 two or three days to do the job!
Charges for load-bearing wall removal
The 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 the wall location will dictate how much reinforcement will be needed.
Costs may vary according to what materials the support beam or supporting structure are made from. For example, you may need an RSJ, a concrete or steel lintel beam to provide support and weight-bearing in place of your original wall.
There will also be the labour cost for the wall removal, finishing and debris clean up and disposal. This will depend on the size of the wall that needs removing and how you want the work finishing off.
For example, removing a load-bearing wall to knock through a kitchen and dining room can cost around £1,200 for an average-sized semi-detached home. But this could cost more for a larger home with a broader wall to take down.
Opening up two large rooms may also need extra-strong beam reinforcements, so the material costs will increase with the size of the room and the amount of weight that needs supporting.
Average costs for standard load-bearing wall removal
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 project can vary from £1,250 to £1,750 to remove the wall, and an additional cost of £800-£950 to install suitable supports.
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 help many homeowners in and around the Croydon area of London to get their home renovation projects planned and completed safely and accurately in full accordance with current Building Regulations.
To help price up your weight-bearing wall removal project, why not get in touch with us so we can draw up a plan and do all the material and structural calculations for you. This way, your building team will know precisely what and how much materials to buy to do the job right.