Setting the right budget

How much should you expect to pay?

We know it's difficult to estimate how much a project will cost, that's why we've surveyed our tradesmen to give you an idea of how much you should expect to pay for specific jobs. Tradesmen all across the country have contributed to the cost guides, so the costs you see are an approximate national average.

Remove a brick wall and insert RSJ

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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.

Rated People surveyed 59 of our registered builders to find out how much it costs to carry out a range of internal renovation work to your home.

Please note these prices are average, do not include materials and offered as guidance only to help you when you post a job on Rated People. For a free quote tailored to your specific requirements, please contact one of our skilled local builders.


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