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  • Removal – Relocation Structural Walls

  • Whether you are looking to create an open plan living area, bring the outdoors in by extending your outdoor living area, or just install a new doorway or window, Perth Wall Alterations are the experts with the expertise to make it happen.

    Removing an internal dividing wall can be a tricky business . This is a highly specialised field, as quite often the wall considered for removal will be load bearing.

    When removing a load bearing wall, you must consider how much weight the wall bears and how to effectively transfer that weight using strong enough supports. Removing a load bearing wall without sufficiently redirecting the weight can cause the structure to collapse. Learn to remove a load bearing wall safely to maintain the structural integrity of the building.

    Perth Wall Alterations are specialists and can advise you;

    Is your wall load bearing?

    Do you require a Structural Engineer?

    Is Council Approval required?

    Where are load bearing walls typically located?

    Renovators usually want to know where their interior load bearing walls are, so that they can remove or modify interior walls. Unfortunately, there is no hard and fast guide to identifying these walls - load bearing walls can appear anywhere in your home and often don’t look any different to other walls. Interior walls which run perpendicular to your floor footings and foundations are also often (but not always) load bearing, and some walls may not be load bearing but act to conceal load bearing support beams. Perth Wall Alterations will locate your interior load bearing walls, and if needed, consult with a structural engineer. It is handy to have the original building plans available for your home. Often we can apply to your local council to obtain a copy of the original plans that were submitted for the original building approval.

    Replacement of Load Bearing Wall – Beam or Girder

    Typically we will use a beam (such as a microlam beam) or even a steel girder, depending on the loads that need to be supported. One thing to keep in mind is that in many cases the beam will protrude lower then the height of the original ceiling. This is because you need to have a much larger beam to replace the walls that are being removed. It may be difficult to completely hide the replacement beam because of the space issues. Many homeowners view the exposed beam, though, as a necessary evil in order to achieve the greater good of opening up space into an open floor plan. It is also important to note that if you are at all able to add an intervening post beneath the beam or girder, you will have much more structural integrity.

    From planning and design, through to all phases of construction, we provide the expertise and certified trades required to make your renovation happen.