Important Considerations when Removing Internal Walls

By Anita Jaynes on 7 February, 2021

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You may think the internal walls within your property are a necessity and a constant fixture, but that isn’t technically true. Of course, most internal walls will have a purpose (to keep your home stable and foundations strong), but that doesn’t mean you cannot remove them. All you have to do is ensure that you are removing the internal walls properly and abiding by the laws that surround planning permission.

Looking to renovate and transform your home? Here is everything you need to consider when removing internal walls!

Do You Need Planning Permission?

Usually, you do not need planning permission to knock down internal walls. This is because the act of removing these types of walls falls under permitted development. The only time you may need to ask for planning permission is if you are planning to remove the walls within a listed building. In this instance, not only may you need to submit a planning application, but you may also need to make a building regulations application. If this is the case, then you should anticipate a visit from building control so that they can inspect the work, ensure that you are abiding by the requirements and then issue a certificate. Want to know more about building regulations? Read more here

Is the Wall Loadbearing?

Removing walls can be tricky business. You want to ensure that the property will remain stable once removed and that you are not removing a loadbearing wall that is supporting your home’s roof or other walls. You should enlist the help of a builder to help determine whether a wall is loadbearing or not, because despite contrary belief, knocking on a wall to see whether it sounds hallow is not a proper investigation. There are also many guides that can help you determine whether a wall is loadbearing.

Loadbearing walls can be removed, however, but you need to ensure that you are removing them properly, otherwise you could make massive, costly mistakes such as damaging your property beyond repair. The last thing you want to do is damage your home’s structure. 

What Equipment Do You Need?

Once you have determined whether a wall can be removed or not, it’s time to prep and ensure that you have the correct equipment and materials needed so that the job is done properly and safely. Firstly, you will want to find a way to help support your property once the wall is removed. Catnic lintels are ideal as they can provide major support when structural changes are made. However, you will want to ensure that you are buying Catnic lintels that are manufactured in accordance with regulations and standards. Armstrong Supplies provide a range of Catnic lintels that are lightweight and sturdy, so that they can provide your home with the support that is needed. Be sure to visit their website for more information on the types of Catnic lintels from Armstrong Supplies

Removing internal walls needs to be planned and done properly. Take these tips into consideration to maintain the structural integrity of your home.