When you decide to make major changes to the inside of your home, you want to work with professionals. Even if you decide to do a lot of the work yourself, you should have someone come let you know what things you are going to need to be aware of when you begin tearing things out.
For instance, you are going to need to make sure you know about the electrical system and the plumbing so that you don't make any dangerous mistakes. In addition, you are also going to need to know what load-bearing walls you have in the space. These walls can't be knocked down like other walls because they are helping to hold the entire structure up. Fortunately, there are some options when it comes to working around a load-bearing wall.
You may be able to open some areas of the wall
If you want to allow more light to enter into a space and the load-bearing wall is preventing this, then there is an option that may work for you. Something that you can have done is to have some sections of the wall opened up. This can be done by having sections removed from the wall that will give you open areas so the light can enter into the next space while the load-bearing wall will still remain in place and do its job.
You may be able to have the weight redistributed
If you really aren't happy with the location of a load-bearing wall and you want the whole thing to be removed, then this may be possible. However, you need to work closely with the professionals who will see how the weight can safely and completely be redistributed. This needs to be done because all of the weight that the wall was supported will still need that support. By redistributing it, they may be able to open that area up for you. Best of all, you will still have a secure and sound structure.
You may be able to go with wood beams
Another option that you may want to go with when you want to remove a load-bearing wall is to opt for laminated wood beams. These wood beams can be used to offer the structural support that will need to be replaced when you choose to remove the load-bearing wall.
If your home is in need of a change, it may be time to reposition walls. To learn more, contact a wall repositioning company.Share