Knocking Down Internal Walls
Times are changing and where open planned living areas are becoming more and more desirable, a way you can achieve a larger, more useable space in your own home is to get rid of a wall or two.
Here we cover everything you want to know from how much it costs to remove internal walls, if you need planning permission and what to look out for. We’ve got you covered!
Do I Need Planning Permission?
Probably not - removal of internal walls generally fall within permitted development rights and so don't worry about submitting a planning application for this project.
If your property is listed, then you should almost certainly apply to carry out your internal reconfiguration.
As we like to remind you, not needing planning permission does not mean you don't need to consult with building control. They will inspect the work carried out by us, give you a tick, and issue you with a completion certificate, making sure no nasty surprised lie ahead if you ever come to sell the property.
Building control are likely to insist that you work with a structural engineer to provide you with suitable beam calculations so any load that the bearing wall was carrying will be transmitted properly through the new supports.
How much does a structural engineer cost?
Expect to pay £120 to £300 for basic remodels. We have a list of vetted Structural Engineers that we work with on a regular basis to streamline the process for you.
Is My Wall Load Bearing or Non-Load Bearing?
This may come as a surprise - but the tap and listen trick will not tell a builder if a wall is structural or not. Not all stud walls are non-load bearing and not all masonry walls are load bearing.
It is common for ground floor walls to continue on the first floor as bedroom walls, where the ground floor walls will therefore be structural. On older buildings, the roof may take support from internal walls. Sometimes floorboards do not span the length or width of a building, and therefore if you take out the wall the floor will come tumbling down. Lastly, internal walls may be buttressed against external walls providing lateral support. As you can see, there are a lot of different situations that need to be addresse
This leads us to...
Do I Need a Structural Engineer When Removing Internal Walls?
Well, it’s always good to get a reputable Structural Engineer out when carrying out internal reconfigurations. They can supply you with suitable calculations that will satisfy building control for that all important completion certificate at the end of the job. We have a number of well respected structural engineers throughout Worcestershire and the West Midlands who can assist with this important step in the process.
Building Control will wasn’t to see that a suitable calculation has been carried out for their tick list. So for your peace of mind, as well as to satisfy Building Control when removing internal walls, get a structural engineer.
Things To Look Out For:
Depending on the size of the wall and the complexity, removing a single internal wall, carrying out repair work and re-plastering should take no more than a week.
We can carry out all aspects of your project for you from removing the wall to decorating after, so you won't have to worry about lising with a number of different trades and getting them all to arrive around the same time as each other. Something which can be an absolute nightmare.
If there are any electrics or plumbing to me moved, this will add additional cost to your project. We manage this to get all of the work carried out before we start on site, allowing a streamlined job where interruptions are removed and the job can be completed on time.
Floor levels may vary and steels are usually lower than your ceiling height, so this will have to be factored into your final design. We can assist with this and offer you design solutions to make the most out of your new space.