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Taking Out a Load-Bearing Wall: What You Need to Know

Home renovation projects are exciting and fun. If done right, they can give a new and refreshed look to your otherwise boring living space. However, the keywords are “If done right”. There is a huge margin for error when home renovations are done, especially if it is your first time to undertake such a project. 

The need for the job to be done exactly right will be magnified if you are going to take out a load-bearing wall. This type of wall is essential to the structural integrity of a home. It helps support the weight of the home, removing it will require extreme care. If you are planning to remove this type of wall in your home renovation on your own, it helps for you to be aware of a few crucial factors.

Taking Out a Load-Bearing Wall: What You Need to Know

Taking out a simple partition wall is a fairly straightforward task. However, if the wall you are planning to do away with is a load-bearing structure, you have to be careful before you go about it. Here are a few tips you need to know before getting started.

1 – There Are Some Permits You Will Need to Obtain

Even if you will be doing renovations on your own property, the local permitting company in your area will need to be involved. There will be inspections that will need to be done in order for the necessary permits to be granted. These permitting authorities will be interested in how the wall is going to be taken down. They may require you to submit a comprehensive plan on how the task is going to be completed.

2 – You Will Need to Replace the Load Bearing Structure

You will need to consider what type of load-bearing structure you will install to take the place of the load-bearing wall. It is not possible nor realistic to remove the wall without providing support for the weight the wall used to carry. You may choose to replace the wall with pillars and support columns. Talking to an architect will help you get an idea of the available support options you can choose from.

3 – You May Be Able to Handle This on Your Own

As mentioned above, you can choose to take on this task by yourself. As long as you have the necessary tools and know-how, you will be able to take down the load-bearing wall on your own. Otherwise, if you are unsure of what to do, working with a building team may be a better idea.


Taking out a load-bearing wall may be a daunting task. This being said, the utmost care needs to be taken to ensure that all aspects of the project are planned ahead of time and are executed in a precise way to ensure that the entire home stays structurally sound. While it is perfectly fine to try and undertake this task on your own – if you are not sure about what you are doing, hiring a reliable remodeling contractor team is the way to go. These professionals will ensure that the load-bearing wall is removed successfully, but will also be ready with suggestions as to what type of structure can replace the wall for structural integrity. 

If you need help getting rid of a load-bearing wall or with any other part of your home renovation, contact D.F. Hughes! We offer services in home remodeling, bathroom and kitchen remodeling, and more. If you need professional assistance with your whole house remodel, contact us today!

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