While the full-scale destruction of a building is likely the first thing you think of when the word demolition comes up, many homeowners choose to remove a single wall. Whether it be to open up a floor plan or bring some extra light into your space, small-scale demolitions are becoming increasingly common.
The beauty of removing an internal wall is it will completely change the feel of your home while costing very little to achieve. Put it this way, it’s a far cry less expensive than a full-scale extension. There are however a few things you’ll need to remember before you dive into your home renovation project. So, what are these tips and how will they help you?
Acquire a building survey
Before you start any work on your home you should attain a professional survey of your property. This is absolutely vital as you never know what secrets your home may be hiding especially if it’s an old building. You may not realise that some walls are load-bearing for example or that your foundations need strengthening. The chances are that everything is perfectly fine though it’s still wise to have a survey. Besides, there’s nothing wrong with having a bit of peace of mind.
Salvage valuable materials
One of the most important aspects of modern building projects is sustainability. Like many other sectors, the building industry is constantly striving to become more environmentally friendly. A great way for you to do your bit is to save valuable materials within the walls or area that you plan to demolish. Not only will this save you money but it will also drastically reduce your project’s carbon footprint. Some key materials which you should look to save include wiring, piping, and rare or expensive wood.
Remove doors and windows
Another vital tip if you’re planning a home demolition project is to remove the doors and windows from the room or walls which you plan to remove. Well-maintained doors can be sold to building supply companies or donated to charities. Windows are much the same and can fetch high prices on the second-hand market. You need not sell your doors or windows if you don’t need to though. Perhaps your new extension needs some doors. If so, using your old ones is a great way to save some money.
By far one of the most frustrating things about demolition is the constant mess that seems to build and build throughout the project. Aside from this mess being an incredible nuisance it’s also fairly dangerous. Working with thick dust in the air for example is a huge risk to your lungs and items left on the floor can cause serious injuries.
One of the best ways to clear a site during a demolition is to hire a skip. After all, you can simply throw all of your waste into the skip and quickly tidy the area safely.
If you require waste disposal or skip hire then here at Cherry Hill Waste we can help. Contact our friendly staff today and find out more about our great skip-hire services.