BRING THE WALL DOWN

Australian House & Garden - - Advice -

There are sev­eral fac­tors – and costs – to con­sider be­fore re­mov­ing an in­ter­nal wall. An en­gi­neer will be re­quired to gauge if the wall is load-bear­ing and whether its re­moval will re­quire re­in­force­ment (a steel beam) over­head. “This can cost be­tween $500 and $2000, de­pend­ing on the size of the wall and level of doc­u­men­ta­tion re­quired,” says Natasha Le­vak. The sec­ond fac­tor is the de­mo­li­tion and, if nec­es­sary, in­stal­la­tion of the new beam. Most builders would charge a day’s labour and a day for the in­stall, plus as­so­ci­ated plas­ter­ing, ren­der­ing and car­pen­try, paint­ing and elec­tri­cal. “All in all, this should cost less than $5000 to achieve,” says Le­vak. “But it’s very much de­pen­dent on the size/struc­ture in ques­tion and whether it in­volves brick con­struc­tion ver­sus tim­ber frame and gyprock.”

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