Does your boxed kitchen or cramped formal dining room look small and dingy? If so, you may be craving for free-flowing air and open living ambience. However, this is not possible in your home unless you bring down your existing wall of the kitchen and combine it with your dining room. And you will not believe that once you will knock the wall down, your home will turn gloomy to roomy.
This project can be done alone. However, be careful and be warned. If you cannot do this project properly, your initiative can turn out to be a nightmare for you.
Let us know how to do the job efficiently.
Walk through a different type of older homes and very soon you will notice several curious things. The first and foremost thing to notice in older homes is that the rooms tend to be smaller and have boxy feels. However, it is not possible to remove the boxy effect entirely from a room. Earlier, small rooms used to be more practical. Fireplaces and heaters operated more effectively in small rooms. And whereas unused rooms are concerned, they used to be afar from the rest of the house. At one point of time, multiple of the rooms also made the space for larger families. But these days, families have become smaller but the size of the house and rooms has grown up. All the furnishings have become larger as well. Large and open spaces are a growing trend these days. So, knock down a wall or two to create more space in your home.
Switching off all circuits:
Before you start your project, check the breaker panel or fuse box to avoid any possible short circuits. See if there is any electrical wiring in the wall. If there are switches present in the wall, use non-contact voltage metre to check them before starting.
Checking load-bearing capacity of the wall:
It is important to check if the wall in your home load-bearing. You can find out different clues to decide if the wall is load-bearing or not. The walls that run horizontally above the wall studs or directly above or within some inches of horizontally running walls or beams are the typical load-bearing walls. The centre of the house has load-bearing walls. If it is tough for you to determine the load-bearing wall, you can consult an engineer because removing such walls cause serious damage to the foundation of the house.
Looking for electrical components:
Check out for heating and air vents, electrical wiring and plumbing pipes in the wall. Get into the attic or basement and look if there is anything running into the wall. Check carefully and remove them carefully. For assistance you can consult a professional.
Protecting the floor:
The demolition work can damage the floor of your home. In order to protect your floor during the demolition and removal of the debris, it is better to lay an old blanket and a sheet over the floor. Forget not to cover the nearby furniture before pulling the wall down.
Putting on safety gear:
It needs a lot of physical strength and movement to bring a wall down. Put on safety gear such as ear plugs, safety glasses, long-sleeved shirt, boots and gloves.
Pulling it down:
You should start from the top so that you can get the gravity work in your stride. To get the maximum result, work in small squares. Use different types of hammers to ease the removal process. Bring the wall into small squares. Do not worry about the rebar and just break the concrete wall free of rebar.
Once you reach the bottom of the wall, you need to clear the rebar. If you can remove it with a sledge hammer, it is fine. But, if you think that tool does not work, use a wall saw diamond blade to cut through the rebar.
Once you are done, remove debris and enjoy the open space.