Walls Come Down

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BEFORE: Example of interior walls throughout

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AFTER: Walls in the above example removed. Kitchen, dining area and living area no longer separated by walls.

In one of the more established neighborhoods of Greenville, Daniel Builders is performing a major renovation. 

The scope of work encompasses just about every aspect of the home, including removal of a few interior walls. You can see what we’re talking about via video on Instagram Live this Wednesday November 25th at 1:15PM. (Follow us on Instagram if you haven’t already. In fact, why not now?) We hope you join us!
Speaking of wall removal, that’s what frequently happens during major renovations. Here are 7 questions to answer before bidding farewell to an interior wall.

1) Once a wall is gone, what separates one area of your home from another? A permanent feature like a kitchen island or furniture pieces are two options. A good designer will create a fluid transitions from room to room and prevent your home from feeling like one, giant box.

2) What is inside the wall? Electrical wiring, plumbing and duct work must be considered. A wall containing these items is likely still removable, but to reroute wiring/plumbing/duct requires creativity. And should be figured out before wall meets sledgehammer. Plus, for your own safety, never destroy a wall without knowing what’s inside.

3) Is the wall load bearing? Load bearing walls are removable, but other structural elements need to be installed. Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) beams are good options for carrying the load. Consulting a Structural Engineer is always wise and can prevent significant damage to your home.

4) What finished flooring will be installed? A patchwork of missing flooring (as shown in the photo below) can be problematic, although you do have some options. Although some types of flooring can be patched, in many cases replacing a “patch” is not recommended. Especially when you have different types of floor (like carpet and hardwood) on either side of the wall. If possible, plan to put down all new flooring. This is the best way to ensure a seamless look.

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5) Will you be able to ward clutter? There is an advantage to keeping your home compartmentalized, particularly if you tend to be messy. Unfortunately, clutter is much more visible when walls no longer block the view.

6) Are you willing to banish your current wall decor? Fewer walls means less space to hang decorative displays and artwork. Sacrificing wall decor is a big deal and should definitely be considered, especially when your favorite artwork can no longer be displayed.

7) Do you need the entire wall removed, or will a modified opening suffice? Yes, you can have it both ways and sometimes that is your best option. This design avoids a suffocating compartmentalization of your home, yet still achieves a clear delineation from room to room. Here’s an example from one of our renovations.

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We hope you plan to join us Wednesday, November 25 at 1:15 on Instagram Live as we showcase a major renovation in process. We’ll discuss wall removal and other intriguing aspects of this project.

Want to explore wall removal further? We routinely remove walls in many major renovations we perform and we’re ready to help you answer “wall removal” questions for your home.

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