In a recent letter from one of our 5 Star renovators, Rob who runs @ Work Building Services, we have learnt that many renovators are unaware of the true cost of creating an Open Plan home.
In modern renovations it is very common to try to "open up" part of the home to create a large open area that's great for family living. Often this open area combines the kitchen, dining and living areas of the home, and can even open up to a nice deck or pergola to create a great social atmosphere during the warmer months.
This is all great in theory, and when done well the results are amazing. However, as Rob points out very few renovators are aware of the true cost of "knocking down a wall".
Here's some of what Rob has to say:
I’d like to give you a little feed back from what I come across with the clients that you provide.
I specialize in Structural Works For Open Plan Living.Experts in the removal of walls / Load bearing walls etc...
80% of my jobs are turned down because of the clients are unaware that the cost of works are a lot more than they expected.
This is because they don’t know that the preliminary’s are $1500.00 – $2700.00+ in cost before you even start the job.
The Biggest misconception I most come across is that people don’t under stand that you need a building permit to remove a LOAD BEARING WALL, which = more cost that there unaware of.
This involves :
As you can see, the costs of removing a load bearing wall can quickly add up.
We recommend that you go into these renovations fully informed, and with an open mind in regards to the true investment of creating an open planned home. That said, the improvements in your homes value should most definitely make investing in an open plan home worthwhile.
If you have more to say about this topic, or have some experiences of your own that you can share, we would love to hear from you. Please submit a comment below.