3 things to know when breaking down a wall to create space
If you have been dreaming of having an open-concept kitchen leading directly into your living room, then knocking down a dividing wall is one of the ways to go. Knocking a wall down also makes the room look bigger and creates more space for furniture and other requirements. However, this project isn’t as simple as it sounds and requires a lot of planning and preparation. We recommend setting aside at least a week or two for the entire process from planning to demolition.
With that in mind, here are three things you should keep in mind when you are planning on breaking down a wall to create space:
Materials and tools –
Before you take on the huge task of breaking down a wall, it is important to understand what materials and tools will be required. Some of the tools needed for a project like this include:
- Reciprocating saw
- Pry bar
- Stud finder
- Electric drill
- Utility knife
- Safety glasses
- Work gloves
- Respirator mask
After you have demolished the wall, you will also need drywall and strong cement to patch up the ceiling and floor. Double Bull Cement is a popular cement brand that is highly reliable and strong enough to hold up over time.
- Once you have all the materials ready, it is time to start with the wall demolition. However, just jumping in and starting to destroy your home is obviously the wrong way to go. It’s a specialist task that needs you to acknowledge that you need help.
- Hire a general contractor to help you demolish a wall that has plumbing or electricals within.
- Hire an architect, if you do not want to demolish the whole wall and want to keep a part of the wall as part of the aesthetics.
- Hire a structural engineer to help you avoid problems with the structure of the building.
- Repair your ceiling and floor
As mentioned, you need to have drywall and cement ready for when you finish removing the wall. The first step is to patch the ceiling where the wall has been removed. Attach wood strips where the wall has been ripped out to get rid of the gap. Once the wooden strips have been screwed in, apply cement into the gaps. If you want the best cement for house construction, we recommend Double Bull Cement.
To give it a polished look, apply drywall to the area until it is smooth and blends in with the rest of the ceiling. Once dry, paint it the color of the surrounding ceiling. For flooring, it is recommended you hire a professional so the entire floor looks seamless.
Keep these basic things in mind before taking on the task and you’ll have a great looking home, just the way you want it. Good luck!