Why would I want a wall removed?
Removing a wall in your house can help you free up some space without having to do a complete home renovation or a remodel, which might be more expensive or unnecessary for your needs. You can also avoid the expenses that moving can bring by creating an open floor plan where you already live.
Wall removal, when done right, can create archways, doorways, half walls, pass throughs, and fully open spaces in your home. With open plan living seemingly here to stay in Perth, removing a wall can be a great way to create a great space.
How long does wall removal Perth take?
It depends on whether the wall is load bearing or not, to start with. If it is, then you’ll be waiting for the proper support beams to be ordered, installed, and inspected. This project could take several weeks including tear down, clearing, supports, and finishing.
For a standard wall that is not load bearing, the project could take just a few days. Of course, this will vary depending on the size of the wall and what’s inside the wall once things are opened up. If there are a lot of wires and plumbing that need to be relocated, that will add to the overall timing and cost of the project.
How much does it cost to remove a wall?
You should expect to pay anywhere from $300 to $1,000 to get a non-load-bearing wall removed from your home. On the other hand, the costs of removing a load-bearing wall can go up to $1,200 to $3,000 for a single-storey home. For homes with more than one level, the prices can increase to $3,500 to $10,000.
For removing a load-bearing wall, you'll also need to submit a plan to the local council. This will need to be drawn by a drafter or registered architect, which can cost an extra $1000 or more. You will also need a building permit that will cost around $700. If the cost of renovation is over $12,000, there might be a home warranty insurance that needs to be taken out.
Quality, affordable wall removal in Perth from Bob Fougere
Removing a wall is a great way to change up the layout and usage of the spaces in your home and business. But it’s best left to the pros to ensure your safety. Bob Fougere Carpentry has over 20 years of experience with home renovation work throughout Perth and knows what it takes for carpentry projects of all types. Our work is backed by a 12-month warranty since everything we do is built to last.
We pride ourselves on customer service and treating every client like family. We’ll work with you to decide on the best approach for your wall removal project and provide transparent pricing. Our team always stays on time and on budget, so you know what to expect with your renovation work. Call us on 0439 090 287 or contact us online to discuss your project.
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Frequently asked questions about wall removal in Perth
Can I remove a wall myself?
Absolutely not. First of all, you will need to obtain an approval, which you will not get. If it is a load-bearing wall, as most of them are, you will have to hire a professional contractor to ensure that the weight is properly supported with a beam before anything is demolished. 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.
Do you need an architect to remove a wall?
It can help to get an engineer or architect to survey the building before starting the removal project. However, an architect is not always necessary. A licensed and certified carpenter will be able to assess your project and let you know whether they can manage the project designs and survey or if it would be best to pull in an architect.
What is a load-bearing wall?
Load-bearing walls are also known as structural walls. The home building blueprints mark these walls with an ‘S’. These walls are essential to the overall structure of the building, meaning that they might be supporting a roof or the ceiling above. Demolishing a load-bearing wall will need some extra work as the wright will first have to be supported.
How can you tell if a wall is load bearing?
One way to tell is by looking at the building blueprint. It will label all load-bearing walls with the letter ‘S’. You can also tell if a wall is load bearing by looking at the floor joists. If you can see the floor joists, either up to the first floor from the basement or looking down to the floor from the attic, chances are that there is a load-bearing wall perpendicular to the floor joists. Leave this assessment to the experts so that your wall is removed correctly and without additional damage to your home or business.
Can you knock down external walls?
We don’t recommend knocking down external walls because they are almost always load bearing and essential to the overall structure of the house. This can weaken the structure of your home if the roof or storeys above it are too heavy. If you really have to take down an exterior wall, you will need significant reinforcements to maintain your house’s weight.
How do you knock down walls between two rooms?
This should always be left for a professional carpenter to do for you. You might be surprised by a load-bearing wall or have to reroute wires and pipes. That said, Bob Fougere generally follows this five-step process:
- Prepare the rooms on both sides of the wall for the demolition work
- Remove the drywall and confirm what is behind the wall.
- Remove wall studs and plates.
- Patch the ceilings where the wall was removed.
- Patch the flooring
Do I need a licence to demolish a wall?
For a single-storey dwelling in Western Australia, you don’t need any demolition license. However, you will need to use all safety precautions for any demolition work to avoid any serious damages. 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 two years before renewal. This is where you will require the help of a specialist with decades of experience to ensure the wall is removed in accordance to the highest standards.
Do I need any kind of approval to demolish an internal wall?
While you may not need a license in Perth, you will most definitely need a building permit from the local authorities to remove an internal wall. Obtaining the building permit is quite easy to do as a large list of suppliers will meet the qualification criteria. However, in the unlikely event that the work exceeds a cost of $20,000, you would need to obtain a license as an owner-builder or get a WA-registered builder to do the job.