THE LOAD-BEARING WALL REMOVAL EXPERTS
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WHAT WE DO
Load-bearing Wall Removal
Nothing is impossible! Even load-bearing walls can be removed with the right tools and execution. Open up the large divided portions in your home and let more natural light penetrate into your home.
Partition Wall Removal
Removing a partition (non load-bearing wall) in your home is the simplest way to open up space and change the look and feel of your home. It’s a decision you wish you had made earlier.
Most walls are equipped with electrical and HVAC lines that run throughout your home. We know exactly what needs to be done to reroute them while still following all building codes.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- How do you determine if a wall is load-bearing?
- There are a few key indicators that we use to determine if a wall is load-bearing. 1) The direction of ceiling joists – if the joists are perpendicular to the wall, then there is a chance that the wall is bearing the load of the ceiling joists. 2) The location of the wall in relation to the support wall/steel beam in the basement. 3) Roof structure – Whether the house has a self-supporting roof with trusses or if it has rafters resting on interior walls.
- We always consult with our structural engineer before proceeding with a project – He aids us in doing load calculations and submitting permit drawings.
- How do you remove a load-bearing wall?
- In order to remove a load-bearing wall we need to transfer the load that is weighing on the wall to an alternate location, which has a solid foundation going all the way down to the basement. The most common approach is to use a structural beam (steel or engineered laminated wood). With this approach, we essentially transfer the load through the structural beam, down the support posts on either end and down to the foundation of the house.
- How long does it typically take to take down a wall?
- In most cases, the structural portion of the work is completed in about 2-3 days. It’s the work that comes after, such as relocating electrical wires, HVAC, and finishing, which can take another 3-4 days on average. We recommend that you put aside about a week for the project.
- Do I need a permit? If so, what are the costs involved?
- It is highly recommended that you get a permit for any structural work and our structural engineer will take care of the whole process for you. The costs involved generally depend on a few factors: 1) Whether there are existing drawings that can be used 2) The square footage of the home 3) The complexity of the engineering work. Most of the time, the cost, including engineer’s fees, and application fees, will run anywhere between $2,000-$3,000.
- What is the process? How do I get started?
- Glad you asked! Here’s an overview of the process: 1) We come to your home and discuss the wall removal options, and the rough costs involved. 2) We schedule a visit by our engineer, where he will ensure that our plan-of-action is safe, and will take measurements for load calculations. 3) We communicate with the engineer throughout the permit process, which generally takes about 2-3 weeks. 4) Once the permit application is approved, we will start the work and get the ball rolling!