What is a load-bearing wall?
A load-bearing wall is also known as a structural wall. It should be marked with an ‘S’ in the home building blueprint. So the load-bearing wall might be supporting a roof or the ceiling above. This is why a load-bearing wall needs some extra work. The weight has to be supported before the wall can be demolished.
Why would I need a wall removal?
Removing a wall is a great way to free up some space, without resorting to a home renovation or a remodel, which might be quite expensive. You can even create an archway or doorway in the wall itself for more of an open look. The way that home improvement is going, is that people tend to prefer open spaces with lots of room. ‘Open plan’ home living seems to be here for good.
Do I need a licence to demolish a wall?
No demolition licence is needed for single-storey dwellings in Western Australia. Although a licence is not required to demolish a single-storey dwelling, all demolition work must be carried out properly using safe work procedures and systems of work. There is a duty of care that all demolition is carried out in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984, the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 and Australian Standard 2601. Demolition licences are valid for 2 years before renewal.
Do I need any kind of approval to demolish an internal wall?
While you may not need a license, you will most certainly need a building permit from the local authority to remove an internal wall. Obtaining the building permit is quite easy to do, as a large list of suppliers (such as Bob Fougere) will meet the qualification criteria. However, if the work was to exceed $20,000 (unlikely) you would need to obtain a license as an owner-builder or get a WA-registered builder to do the job.
What tools are needed for wall removals in Perth?
You will need to have a sledgehammer, regular hammer, crowbar, pliers, ladder, duct tape, and hacksaw. You will also need to have a pair of strong gloves, boots, headlamp, bags to remove the debris, and a truck to carry it all off to the dump. Good quality masks are essential for wall demolition work. Many older quality homes were constructed from materials that are hazardous to health.
Can I demolish a load-bearing wall myself?
Absolutely not. First, you will need to obtain approval. If it is a load-bearing wall, as most are, then you must hire professional help to ensure that the weight is properly supported with a beam before you commence demolition. You need to calculate the total weight that needs to be supported and select the right material to support that weight. Of course, you also have to consider electric cables and plumbing and comply with safety regulations.
In other words, before you do any kind of DIY work, you need to consider all the parts involved.
Call Bob Fougere Carpentry Services at 0439 090 287 for fast and effective wall removals in Perth, so you don’t make any mistakes!