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Wall Removal: Things to Consider Before Taking Down a Wall

Internal Structural Demolition in Melbourne
Removing an internal wall may seem like a simple project in theory: taking a sledgehammer and giving yourself a new room after a few knocks. In reality, this home improvement project has a bit more involved than going ahead and thumping down some walls. Wall removal is a great way to transform a small space into an open living area.

If carried out incorrectly, taking down an internal wall can interfere with your home’s structural integrity, putting your safety and that of your family at risk. If you’re planning on removing a wall for your next home improvement project, here are the main things to consider before engaging in demolition.

Wall Removal Checklist

1. Establish whether the wall is load-bearing
Load-bearing walls are designed as structural support for ceilings, the floor above or the roof of a house. Removing these walls weakens the house’s structure which can cause cracking and movement in the structure. Prior to any demolition, ensure that the wall is assessed and certified by a structural engineer. Non load-bearing walls have less structural importance and may be built with lighter materials to reduce the dead load of the entire house. These types of walls can be removed with minimal risk however it’s always best to consult an engineer if you are uncertain!

2. Getting the required permits
Before you go ahead and start knocking down walls in your house, you may need a permit from the Victorian Building Authority. Any building work which involves work to structural or load-bearing elements may require a permit.

3. What utilities are located within the wall cavity?
Knocking down a wall without knowing what’s behind it could set you back even more in costs for damages and repairs. Things like electrical wiring, plumbing and ventilation are usually inside wall cavities and may need to be relocated in order to remove the wall. In some instances, a bulkhead can be used to conceal these utilities after you’ve removed the wall. Checking your house plan is key in finding out what’s inside your walls before undertaking any demolition. Engage an engineer to clarify and certify structural and non-structural components.

4. Hire a licensed and insured tradesman
At All Stripped, we specialise in demolition and wall removal. We are fully licensed under the Victorian Building Authority, meaning we can provide structural demolition of walls saving you time and money. We do not put back structural elements or roof beams, however, we can work with a builder on this. Structural wall propping and demolition is done in accordance with engineer drawings and requirements.

All Stripped is fully insured with public liability cover. The All Stripped team are professional, friendly and easy to work with, making sure each job is carried out efficiently and virtually dust-free ensuring a complete clean up before we leave.

Contact us today for more information or to get started on your next project!