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What to Consider When Removing a Structural Wall
Uncategorized February 28 2023

Knocking down unnecessary and often inconvenient walls in your home is a sure-fire way to improve the overall layout and functionality. It can help create open-plan spaces, or pave the way for a new bathroom or kitchen. The possibilities are endless!


While you may think knocking down walls is simple, there’s more to it than meets the eye. 


If you want to work with a carpenter Boronia and Melbourne wide, Melbourne Construction Solutions is the answer! We’re going to cover what you need to know before you start knocking down walls within your home.


Is your wall connected to the ceiling?


Load-bearing walls are an integral part of any home. They are often connected to the ceiling of the home or upper levels. It’s important to determine if the wall you intend to knock down is a load-bearing wall.


While it may look unattractive, if you take out these structures it can weaken your home’s structural integrity. 


This is where working with a professional comes in. A contractor can assess the situation and construct a structure to reinforce the home’s structural integrity. These structures come in the form of beams or columns, which become a permanent fixture in the home post-wall removal.


It’s always best to consult a contractor before committing to any knockdowns during your renovations. 


What’s in your wall cavity? 


Checking what’s inside your wall should be a top priority when it comes to planning a wall knockdown. Your wall might have electrical wiring, plumbing, ventilation and air-condition ducts, that when damaged can become a costly fix in the future. 


Depending on the extent of what’s inside the walls, you might need to move the contents elsewhere. This often results in modifying adjacent walls to accommodate the removed wall. 


Your house plan should highlight what’s inside your walls. Contact your local council or the previous owners for your house plan. You can also chat to your real estate agent for a copy of your house plan as well.


What material is your wall made from?


The material of your wall can determine the price of removal, as well as the length of time required to complete the job. 


In general, plasterboard walls that have timber studs are cheaper and easier to remove. Brick walls take a longer period of time to remove, and require some patience for a proper knockdown. 


And if you’ve got a fireplace built into a wall you want to knock down, then it will take a considerable amount of time to achieve the removal successfully. Adding to this, depending on how the fireplace was installed in the first place, special care might be required to take it out.


Depending on the age of your home, there might be traces of asbestos in the walls. If that’s the case, you may need to engage asbestos removalists to ensure that your wall is safely removed. This can add extra time and costs to the job.


Get in touch with the experts

Here at Melbourne Construction Solutions, we offer high-quality wall removal services to help you maximise space no matter the room or building.


Contact our team today and we can provide a tailored solution that will meet your needs.