Knocking down a wall or two is an easy way to open up space in kitchens, making it the go-to method for many interested in taking advantage of what an open plan has to offer. However, you can’t have just any wall knocked down. To determine if it’s feasible for your kitchen remodeling project, home building services expert Empire State Builders and Contractors, Inc. suggests taking these things into consideration first.
Is It a Load-Bearing Wall?
Some walls act merely as divisions between rooms while others are tasked with actually holding up your home. If the kitchen wall you’re thinking of knocking down is the latter, talk to your remodeling contractor about alternatives, like adding support columns first before tearing it down or widening areas where possible to add space while keeping the load-bearing wall intact.
What’s Inside the Wall
Most walls contain electrical cables, water pipes and HVAC vents. It’s not impossible to move those around but take into consideration just how much additional carpentry services will be needed to safely remove them and ensure your home’s functions are not negatively affected. The more work you need, the higher you can expect costs to be.
When You Can’t Knock Down a Wall
When your kitchen wall can’t be knocked down, here are some things you can do instead to make the room feel more spacious:
- Hang window treatments closer to the ceiling to draw the eye up, giving the illusion of a taller window.
- Place mirrors where they can bounce around both natural and artificial light more effectively, providing ample illumination to brighten up the space.
- Knock down just a part of a load-bearing wall to retain its support function while offering continuity between living spaces.
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Empire State Builders and Contractors, Inc. is the expert to trust for all your remodeling needs in New York, from window and door replacement to home additions. With more than three decades of experience under our belt, we are confident we have what it takes to give you the results you’re looking for exactly. To learn more about what we can do for you, simply give us a call at (845) 425-0003 or fill out our contact form. Schedule a FREE estimate with us today! We serve White Plains, NY, and the surrounding communities.