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Open floor plans have become more and more popular over the recent years. Many homeowners want to create an open floor plan in their existing homes.
A lot of the time this requires knocking down or removing walls. Using an experienced wall removal contractor is very important to make sure everything is done safely and the end result is exactly what wanted.
Planning a Wall Removal
If you want to create an open floor plan in your existing home you will generally need to remove a wall or maybe even several.Even though removing a wall may seem simple enough it takes a bit of planning to make sure it's done right.
There are several things you must take into consideration if you want to remove a wall in your home. The type of walls you want to remove is one thing you need to consider.
You also need to think about the flow of rooms. Flooring plays a big part in how your home will look once everything is finished, but it is sometimes overlooked until the very last minute.
Planning how the new rooms will be lit and what type of lighting you will want installed usually takes a bit planning. How much natural lighting that will be created by removing a wall is another thing people sometimes forget about.
Removing Load Bearing Walls
Not all walls are created the same. Some walls in your home are known as load bearing walls. Simply put, these walls help hold up your roof in the inside of your home's perimeter.
Removing load bearing walls can create a dangerous situation in your home. Careful planning is needed when removing a load bearing wall.It usually requires special pieces of wood that are made for this exact purpose called laminated veneer lumber or LVLbeams.
They help bridge the gap that can be created when removing a wall that helps hold up the structure of your home. Some walls are simply made to create a look or to divide rooms rather than help hold the structure of the home.
These walls don't require LVL beams but often contain pieces of other systems like electrical outlets or switches that will need to be moved to another wall or removed all together.
Finishing a Wall Removal
After a wall is removed properly you are still left with things missing. Where the wall once stood there will be gaps. Paint and drywall will be missing. If your ceiling is textured that will create a very apparent empty space.
Even little things most people don't think about like moldings and trim need to be carefully installed for a seamless new look.
This is where we help make sure you get your home looking exactly how you wanted. We want your home to be the very best and we take the time to make sure everything is handled.
If you want to create a new look in your home and want a single or several walls removed call Above All Leveling today. A wall removal specialist can provide an in home consultation and help you decide what is best for you and your home.