Removing an interior wall is often done when renovating an older home. If your home is several years old, it may have a small kitchen that is separate from the rest of the house. Removing a wall and making one large room out of two small rooms will totally change the look and function of your home. Here are a few things to know about interior demolition when it comes to upgrading your kitchen.
Obtain Proper Permits
You'll probably need a permit from your city to renovate your home. You may even need a separate permit for interior demolition. Obtaining a permit is necessary to avoid fines and to make sure you won't run into problems if you decide to sell your home in the future. You might be required to hire a contractor to ensure the job is done safely. If you do it yourself, you'll also need to turn off utilities since your kitchen has multiple plumbing and electrical outlets.
Get Help With Load Bearing Walls
You might be able to knock out a non-load bearing wall yourself using a sledge hammer, but a load bearing wall is a different story. It's best to hire an interior demolition contractor from a company like National Concrete Cutting to handle this job so you don't affect the structure of your home by knocking out a support wall. The contractor may need to install support beams in place of the wall which help bear the weight of the home. They won't take up much space, so you'll still have an open kitchen. You may also want to get help from the contractor when you remove old kitchen cabinets, heavy countertops, and kitchen islands. One benefit of hiring a contractor is having a crew to move out heavy building materials and having access to the necessary tools to get the job done quickly. Demolishing and handling materials on your own may be very difficult.
Check For Asbestos And Lead First
If you plan to demolish your kitchen and adjoining room down to the studs, you'll want to check for hazardous materials first. If your flooring has asbestos, it must be removed by a contractor since it is dangerous to remove asbestos as a DIY project. Damaged asbestos can release fibers into the air, where you breathe them in. Lead dust is another hazard that can become airborne during demolition. You may not even realize you have these dangers in your home if the floor and walls have been covered with other materials for years. This is one reason calling in a contractor for demolition is usually the best idea.
If the items you have removed from your home are still in good shape or if they can be recycled, the contractor may save them rather than haul them to the dump. You may be able to save some materials yourself and sell them to help pay for the cost of demolition. Cabinets, carpet, and even concrete can be recycled or reused elsewhere.