A simple way to change the look of any room is to remove a wall. Now, that may make it sound easy, but that is not always the case. It is important to investigate whether or not your wall is load bearing. While a load bearing wall can still typically be removed, much more goes into this process. Beams will need to be sized to code, and your bearing points must be transferred down to the foundation. Depending on the length of the span required, engineered materials, such as a LVL (laminated veneer lumber) must be used. In these instances, you may need an engineer to size it properly. The last thing you want is to have problems down the road because you cut corners.
For this project, our client desired to have a more open feel in the basement. These walls were non-loading bearing, which made the project must easier to tackle. We deleted the wall, and repaired the drop ceiling track. Once we repaired the drywall, we pieced in the base moulding for a finished look. While not a large project, it provided excellent results.
The existing wall was built directly under the steel support beam.
Removing those walls create a much more open feeling in this basement space. The results thrilled our client, and we loved helping out! Give A+ Home improvements a call to get your project started today!