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Removing retaining walls

Discussion in 'Building' started by daved2424, 11 Feb 2014.

  1. daved2424

    daved2424

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    Hello

    We are a young couple looking to buy our first home. We have just been to visit a house that we like very much, however the downstairs could really benefit from having some walls removed to make it more open plan. Some work has been done previously but we would like to open it up even more.

    The image below roughly shows the configuration of the downstairs. The property is a solid ex-council house.


    The walls marked in green are brick supporting walls that we would like to remove. The wall marked in red we would also like to remove but is supporting a chimney above.

    Before considering the property any further we were just wondering if there was anyone out that that hopefully knows a little bit more about this kind of thing than we do, and whether if in theory it is possible to make the kind of modifications we are hoping to make.

    Many thanks in advance.
     
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    Anything is possible.. just costs more money the higher the level of crazy..

    What you propose would need 3 or 4 beams and probably require a new brick pier and new foundation at the end of the current kitchen counter..

    Bear in mind that opening up the whole area will make it a lot harder to heat and sound will travel more.
     
  4. daved2424

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    Thank you for your help. Very insightful.
     
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