When you buy a home, it is important to know that you are not stuck with the layout that you see when you walk in the door. You can update the layout of your home to better support the needs of your family by removing a wall to improve the flow of the home. The following guide walks you through a few things you need to know about having a wall removed from your home.

Hire a Contractor

Do not attempt to remove a wall from your home on your own. You could cause serious damage to your home that could cause it to collapse, if you remove the wrong wall from the property. A contractor will know what to do to determine if the wall can be removed safely from the home or not.

Determine if the Wall Is Load Bearing

There are some walls in a home that are load bearing walls. This means that there are beams in the wall that support the weight of the roof. If the beams are removed, there will be nothing supporting the weight of the roof, it could cause the roof to collapse. The contractor will know how to determine if the wall is load bearing and let you know what your options are, if it is. Often times, the drywall can be removed and the load bearing beam can be covered to look like a column or post so that the floor plan is still more open without removing the beam.

Reroute the Electricity

When a wall is removed from a home, all of the electrical wires found within the wall will need to be rerouted. An electrician will be able to safely reroute the electrical wires for you. If you try to reroute the wires on your own, you could cause an electrical fire to break out in your home because you did not route the wires properly. The electrician will know how to move outlets and light switches so that the room is still as functional as it can be, even though a wall is being removed. Contact a company like Sun Coast Electric & Networking Inc to learn more. 

Finish off the Room

Once the wall is removed, the ceiling, flooring, and side walls will need to be refinished to make the change as seamless as possible. Drywall may need to be added to the space to create a finished look, while new flooring will need to be put into place where the wall was removed so that no one can tell that a wall was removed from the space.

Once the wall is removed, you should feel that the open floor plan better suits your family's needs. You will not be able to tell that there was ever a wall in place, when everything is said and done.