Depending on what’s inside a wall, and the extent of its
structural bearing, removing a wall can be a inexpensive and
quick project, or it can be a major structural change.
This depends on the structural bearing of the wall and
what’s inside it — plumbing, air-conditioning, electrical
and other unforeseen items. Miland Home Construction can do
an initial consultation and assess your wall.
One vs. Two Story Homes
Removing a wall in a one-story house is much
different than in a two-story house, and the cost can be
significantly more with a multi level home. It’s a
complicated engineering calculation to allow for the stress
the second story will be putting on the other walls.
Floors and Ceilings
When removing a wall, you’ll have to consider
what’s going to happen to the floor and ceiling. Hardwood
floors will be difficult to patch between rooms and be made
to look seamless. Ceilings also need to match.
What's Inside the Wall?
Dealing with what’s inside the walls is an
important factor in removing a wall. Rerouting gas,
electrical, HVAC and more can make all the difference. For
example, moving supply and return vents can impact how your
heating and cooling system works.
Load Bearing Walls
You are limited by whether or not the wall is
structural - load bearing - or not. If a wall is holding up
the floor above it, or the roof, you can’t remove it without
creating an alternative load-bearing plan. If you do, the
floor and possibly even the entire house might collapse.
The most obvious indicator of a structural
wall is a wall that is repeated on more than one floor. If
you have an I-Beam in your attic running in a specific
direction, and walls in the exact same location on all the
floors above it, the wall is likely structural and must
be replaced with a load bearing beam. The beam may be hidden
or visible depending on available space and load bearing
If you can’t take out the entire wall, you
can still cut an interior window within a load bearing wall.
This is a great technique for letting natural light get into
shadowy areas, and for improving air circulation.