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What you should know when opening spaces during a remodel
Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 • Posted June 2, 2009

When you are looking at a home remodel you may want to open up some more space in your home. Many older homes don't have as much space as you would like or you may need more space than is currently available in your home. Let's take a look at some of the things you should know when opening up spaces during a remodel.

Look at the rooms you are remodeling and what you would like to do with them in order to open up the space. If you are looking at a lot of walls that you want to remove you should contact a contractor that can give you some advice. The contractor will let you know which walls are the load bearing walls that you won't be able to remove. You won't be able to remove the load bearing walls because they are needed to help distribute the weight of the house. There are other options to look at when this happens that we will discuss later.

Opening up space during a remodel will also cost a lot. Chances are you are remodeling more than one room if you are looking at opening up the space. Make a list of all the things you would like to do to these rooms and the cost. This gives you a good estimate as to how big your budget needs to be. This remodel list will also give you a reference for discussing your plans with other contractors. Discussing your plans with a contractor will help you all understand each other and eliminate any problems that can occur.

When opening up spaces during a remodel you may need to move electrical wires or even some plumbing. If this is the case you should hire the contractors so that the job is done to city codes. Hiring contractors for these specialty trades can make the remodeling process run more smoothly. These contractors are specialized in their craft and will be able to move the electrical wires or the plumbing with the least amount of problems.

If you are unable to remove all the walls you want while opening spaces during a remodel there are some options available to you. You can still open up the spaces but you may need to be more creative about it.

If you are not able to open all the walls that you would like because they are the load bearing walls then maybe you can look at just opening up some of those walls. Hiring an builder/architect will help you to come up with some plans to open up the space that you want and still keep your home safe. You and the builder/architect can then go over your options and look at different plans to give you the open space you want.

Another option for opening up spaces during a remodel is to cut into the walls. In this option you would cut holes in your walls similar to windows. Doing this will still keep the weight on the walls but will give your home the feeling of more space. Being able to look into the other rooms will give you the illusion of more space.

Painting and decorations can also help you achieve the illusion of more space in your home when you are unable to remove walls. Many painting techniques can give you the feel of more room, talking with a decorator or doing research can help you to find the paint that will work for you. In smaller spaces you will also want to keep furniture simple and to a minimum.

Opening up spaces during a remodel and the things you should know are limitless. The most important thing to know is what walls you can or cannot remove. Depending on your space you can find plenty of options to help open up your space during a remodel.

Information for this article was taken from http://www.homebuildingremodeling.com

Always look at the Texas Residential Commission Construction site for registered builders (http://www.trcc.state.tx.us or Call 877-651-TRCC), For ALL Your Real Estate and Building needs or questions, call Debbie at (830) 833-4249 or dhomeier@moment.net .

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