|Remove stud wall||£400||£600|
If you are removing a stud wall from your home to open up the space or change the layout, then you will be left with work to do at both floor and ceiling level to make good. Before any work is done to remove the stud wall your builder will first have to check that the wall is not load bearing in any way. They will also have to check that there are not heavy items sitting above it, such as water tanks. They will also have to check the walls for electricity and other services.
These stud walls are hollow plaster-boarded constructions and are ideal for running both plumbing and electrical services through. If your builder does not have plumbing or electrical experience, or does not have a qualified plumber or electrician on their books, then you may need to call someone in to undertake the vital preparation work of removing or re-routing pipes, wiring and sockets.
This can be done at the same time as the wall is being taken down or your plumber or electrician can cut into the wall and remove or move the services before the wall is demolished. It is always vital to get an experienced professional builder that you can trust when having any walls demolished in your home, as their knowledge of the job is vital here.
In order to bring the stud wall down, your builder will break into the wall with a drill or hammer before pulling away the plasterboard. They will then take out the wooden batons that have been used to create the wall. The cost of the job will largely depend upon the size of the wall and how difficult your builder believes it will be to bring down. In most cases this is a very simple job and the most difficult part is taking care to minimise damage where the wall meets other parts of your house.
There will inevitably be some remedial work to do at either end of where the wall was and also at the floor and the ceiling. If the wall is an original wall then there is likely to be a gap at the floor and the ceiling that will need to be filled. For your ceiling, this will usually be a case of simply putting in a new ceiling joist or two and covering any gaps with plasterboard.You may also need to add a new floorboard where the wall was. Your builder can then arrange for decoration work to be done.
If you have coving around your walls then you will need to have this refinished where the missing wall now ends. Any wall that the demolished stud wall abutted will also need to be plasterboarded, re-papered and painted as fits your décor.
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