Taking out a wall is a great way to create the illusion of more space and is a popular way to get that open concept feel many of our clients are after. Downside… it’s not always doable, at least not on a reasonable budget. Cost culprits include structural and engineering requirements (especially if you have to shore things up from the basement), and plumbing, electrical, or ventilation systems which can be pricey to relocate. If I can’t take out the whole wall, what are my options? There are a couple of more cost effective solutions.
Open Concepts Home Renovation Options
- Create a walk-through opening – this has nearly the same effect as the entire wall removal but is easier to achieve. Structural support is provided by beefing up either side of the framing of the opening with the use of a header across the top. You’ll need to be mindful of the allowable span and how close to the ceiling (or even into the ceiling) you can move your support. In your planning, make sure to account for the flooring transition so that the look flows.
- Cut out a window opening – if you are on a tight budget, this could be your option. There are still some structural considerations but you’ll be using less material, moving fewer electrical outlets or pipes, and are not forced to spend on flooring if you don’t want to. You can dress up your opening with some nice trim or finishing materials.