Open floor kitchens have been popular in the past decade. True enough, they help make a home look more modern and spacious. It’s not surprising that you’re also considering it for your home.
However, before you finally decide to knock down the wall in your kitchen to make for an open-layout, there are a few things to consider. One of the leading kitchen remodeling and screened patio companies in the area, Envy Home Services, shares these reminders.
Check if the wall is a support beam
While some walls may simply be partition walls, some actually play a more vital role in your home’s structure. If the wall separating your kitchen from other areas of the home is actually a support wall, it’s likely it cannot be knocked down as you wish.
Check if the wall hides important things
Walls often hide HVAC vents, electrical cables, water pipes and gas lines. Check your house’s original plan before deciding to tear down a wall to see if any major component will be affected.
Check what covers the wall
Was your home built before 1978? If so, you need to be wary about lead poisoning. Before 1978, homes were painted using paint with lead. If the wall was painted with such, the resulting dust and debris can be harmful to your health. Experienced remodeling and sunroom addition contractors should know what course of action to take.
Consider the after-effects of tearing down the wall
Imagine the aftermath of knocking down a wall to make way for an open kitchen. There will be dust everywhere. Adjustments need to be done. The renovation may take time. Think about how the project will affect your household later on.
Re-think whether you really want an open kitchen
Do you really want or need an open kitchen or do you think your kitchen can benefit from a much simpler renovation? When you decide to have an open kitchen, there’s no turning back. So, make sure that this layout is what you really want.
Need professional guidance in deciding whether to tear down that kitchen wall or not? Envy Home Services, one of the premier kitchen and bathroom renovation companies in the area, is here to help. Call us today at (888) 847-7954 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.