|Remove stud wall and make good||£200||£600|
If you decide that you want to change or improve the layout of your home then removing stud walls is a good, cheap way of going about it. This could be to make a room more open plan or knock two rooms into one larger space. The first thing your builder will need to do is to make an assessment of the wall and prepare for the removal of any electrical sockets, pipework or equipment that runs through the wall. They may need an electrician or plumber to carry out this part of the job or may have one in the firm that you use. Always ask about this as it could add to the cost of your job.
They will also make checks to ensure that the wall is not load-bearing and that things like ceiling joists are not connected to the stud wall. Demolition is a fairly simple task where the walls are not load-bearing (which is usually the case with stud walls) and are easy to dismantle without heavy work. The main difficulty is making sure that the wall comes down cleanly and does not cause any damage to other walls or décor.
Once the wall is down your builder should be able to make good by cleaning up any edges and closing up any gaps on other walls caused by the demolition. This could be done with plasterboard or timber. The newly-exposed parts of the remaining wall will also usually be skimmed for a neat finish. Your builder may also offer to re-plaster and re-decorate as part of the job. Always check with them what the cost of the job will include.
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