Tired of the same old layout in your home?
It’s easy to think you’re stuck with your current layout, but switching up the floor plan might not be as impossible as you think. With a professional residential or commercial carpenter, you can create an open floor plan or expand a room size just by removing or relocating a wall.
If you’re looking to transform your living space without spending your life savings, this can be a significantly more appealing option than demolishing entire rooms and starting over. But that doesn’t mean you should pay a dollar more than you deserve, so it helps to know what wall removal costs in Perth.
As an average, wall removal can set you back between $2,000 to $7,000 per wall.
This is admittedly a wide cost range as there are a number of key factors that affect pricing, most of which have to do with the structure of the home itself.
For an accurate quote, you’ll want to chat with an experienced carpenter who takes a close look at your house. Read on for a closer look at wall removal costs and some answers to your burning questions along the way.
Is it worth removing a wall in my home?
A renovation project like wall removal is a matter of choice, although there are a number of benefits that come with this space-making service. Removing a single wall in your house can completely change the way your space feels and functions, helping you do more with less, or change a tired space into something brand new.
For example, take down the wall between your dining room and kitchen, and you’ll have a wide open entertaining and eating area. Or, combine two small bedrooms into a single bedroom and create a larger sleeping space for you or your family members.
Wall removal is a process best left to the pros, but when done right, it’s much more convenient (and affordable) than moving to find your dream kitchen or open-concept living room.
As an added bonus, removing the right wall can improve the resale value of your home, with more West Australian buyers preferring open floor plans.
What factors impact wall removal cost in Perth?
Wall removal cost boils down to a few core factors - and size isn’t necessarily the biggest variable. Even the smallest of walls can be packed full of surprises., so you’ll need to take the following variables into account when looking for the right quote.
Are you removing load-bearing walls?
First and absolutely foremost is the question of whether or not the wall you want to remove is load bearing.
This is important because there are two types of walls in a home:
Non-bearing walls are used to divide spaces into separate rooms and can be removed without affecting the structural integrity of the house.
In contrast, load-bearing walls contribute to the structure and stability of your house. These walls may support components such as roofing, beams, or foundational items that help keep everything in place. Removing a load-bearing wall without replacing or deferring the load it supported could cause major problems - as in, things could literally come crashing down around you.
However, just because a wall is load bearing doesn’t mean you can’t remove it. What it does mean, however, is that your costs could rise significantly. New support beams, usually made of steel, will need to be brought in and recessed. This is a heavy job that can drive up the cost of labour. Also, the bigger the steel beam, the more expensive it will be.
Are there in-wall utilities?
While walls look streamlined and smooth on the outside, they can have wires, pipes, and ductwork lurking behind the sheetrock. Connectivity for things like electrical wiring, HVAC vents, water lines, or sewer drains cannot simply be severed.
If you have these or other utilities in the wall you want removed, you’ll need to reroute them elsewhere.
This can add to the time, cost, and trades involved in your wall removal project.
Is the wall one or two-story?
The cost of removal will also depend on whether you have a one-storey or two-storey home. This is largely because a second story will put more load or complications into the project. While this will only influence load bearing walls, the price change can be significant.
Alterations may be required to create new footings in the basement, recess support beams, or reroute additional utilities that are servicing more than one storey in your home. The amount of labour also goes up with a project of this size.
Will you require extra finishes?
With your wall out of the way, you’ll want to make sure all signs of it are removed from your space.
If the former wall split up two spaces, you may need to replace or patch a section of flooring to smooth out the transition. You could also need to patch sheetrock (and then paint or finish it to match) depending on where the wall was removed.
When professional carpenters provide their quotes to you for wall removal cost, be sure to ask whether this also includes all finishing touches. You will want to know in advance if you need to hire anyone else to paint, polish, or patch things up once the wall is gone.
What does wall removal cost in Perth?
That’s the million dollar question (thankfully, wall removal is much cheaper than that).
Just looking at or measuring your wall won’t give you a clear idea of how much it can cost to take it down. For an accurate price, you’ll want to contact a professional carpenter (or a handful to compare quotes) who can evaluate your space and provide an estimate. Your local Perth carpenter or builder will check the wall studs, evaluate utility access, and take a look at your roof structure to determine a price.
The table below offers average costs for wall removal in Perth to help you budget for your home renovation project. These cover materials, labor, and waste removal.
|Service Type||Average Cost|
|Remove Non-Load Bearing Wall (One or Two Storey)||$2,000 to $3,500|
|Remove Load Bearing Wall (One Storey)||$3,000 to $5,000|
|Remove Load Bearing Wall (Two Storey)||$5,000 to $7,000|
|Remove Partial Wall to Create a Pass Through||$1,800 to $3,000|
|Plumbing Rerouting||$45 to $175 per hour|
|Electrical Rerouting||$50 to $100 per hour|
|Sheetrock Installation||$16 per square metre|
BOB FOUGERE CARPENTRY SERVICES TIP: Ask your local contractor whether the costs they include cover plumbing, electrical, or sheetrock rework, all of which can add to your cost. They may also have a professional network of subcontractors or trades that they can recommend or include in their estimate with a referral discount.
Should I try to remove a wall in my home myself?
This is definitely NOT recommended.
Although no particular license is required to take a sledgehammer to your unwanted walls, there’s much more to removing a wall than just pulling down sheetrock. Wall removal may also fall into the category of demolition work that CAN require permits and leave a lot of different debris behind, all of which needs to be discarded correctly.
We cannot underscore enough the risk of improperly removing a load-bearing wall.
To an untrained eye, you might not be able to tell that a wall is critically holding your roof, second story floor, or other support structures in place. And while your home may not fall down at once, the damage could be costly and severely dangerous over time.
A professional carpenter will be able to assess the full scope of your wall removal and make sure the work done is standards compliant. You won’t have to worry about injury, risk, or a mess. Instead, you’ll have the new space you want with the quality you need for a safe home.
How to choose the right professional to pull down your unwanted walls
Wall removal isn’t the best project for a DIY homeowner to take on.
But while you might not be able to watch a YouTube video and learn how to safely remove a wall or two, you can still transform your living space and change your home’s layout with professional help.
On average, you can expect wall removal costs in Perth to land between $2,000 and $7,000.
Be sure to confirm with your contractor whether all services are included in the quote you are provided with. Wires, pipes, and other necessities hidden away in your wall could add to the cost if they are not accounted for in advance.
At Bob Fougere Carpentry Services, we have over 20 years of experience helping homeowners create their dream spaces in Perth and greater Western Australia. Our certified carpenters look at every project from the top down and create a detailed scope before anything is started. We’ll know from the outset whether your wall is load bearing and can recommend approaches to effectively update your space on budget and on time.