|Remove brick wall||£800||£1,600|
If you wish to demolish a load-bearing brick wall in your home then you will need a very experienced builder to do the job. Load-bearing walls are the ones that support other parts of the house, such as the roof or ceiling, so you will want to make sure that you get the job done right. Your builder will need to measure for and purchase an RSJ (rolled steel joist, which is sometimes also known as an I-beam or H-beam), which will be fitted to shore up the walls and ceiling around the demolished wall.
The builder will also inspect the wall and the whole house to see where it is bearing load from. They may ask to look at plans if you have them, as well as looking in rooms directly above where any wall is being demolished. They will usually need a structural engineer to look at the wall. This part of the job is where the expertise of the builder and their team comes in and you can expect to pay for a good deal of inspection and preparation work. They will also be able to tell you whether the building work will need to be signed off afterwards by a local building inspector.
Removing your brick wall and inserting the RSJ
Your builder will need to support the walls and ceiling around the wall that you wish to have removed. Most good builders should have this equipment to hand, although some may charge you for hiring this in. The exact support needed will depend upon the size and location of your wall.
The builder can then remove the old wall, usually brick by brick for safety and to make sure your floor or ceiling is not damaged. Your builder may also need to hire in lifting equipment to help them to install the RSJ to support the load that the wall once held.
Fitting, securing and levelling the RSJ is a tricky task and can take a while to get done correctly. But this part of the job should not be rushed and is worth the extra cost of an extra hour or so of labour from your builder and his team.