The Cost of Knocking Down Walls in Your Irish Home
Kelly Ohlmus
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The Cost of Knocking Down Walls in Your Irish Home

Understand the difference between load-bearing and non-load-bearing walls and see estimated costs (including finishing touches). Find qualified builders for your project today!

Dreaming of a light-filled haven where the kitchen flows seamlessly into the living area? Knocking down walls is a fantastic way to achieve this modern, open-plan dream. But before you grab a sledgehammer, it's crucial to understand the process and costs involved.


Understanding the Wall, Understanding the Cost

There are two main types of walls: load-bearing and non-load-bearing. Load-bearing walls are the structural workhorses, holding the weight of your house. Messing with them without proper support is a big no-no. Non-load-bearing walls, on the other hand, are more like dividers, offering privacy without impacting the structural integrity.

The cost of knocking down a wall depends heavily on whether it's load-bearing or not. Here's a breakdown based on quotes received by homeowners through the OnlineTradesmen service:

Non-load bearing wall removal: Estimates range from €7,000 to €10,000. Costs to consider include demolition, disposal of debris, and finishing touches like plastering, painting, and potentially flooring (depending on the existing flooring situation).

Here's a quick peek at the finishing process for a non-load-bearing wall removal:

Demolition: The careful removal of the unwanted wall.

Electrical and Plumbing Checks: Qualified professionals ensure any electrical wires or plumbing behind the wall are safely rerouted or capped.

Structural Updates (if needed): Minor structural updates might be required depending on the opening size.

Plastering and Painting: Transforming the newly created space into a seamless part of your home.

Flooring: Depending on the existing flooring and the size of the opening, new flooring might be necessary to create a unified look.


Load-bearing wall removal: This is a more complex project due to the need for structural support. Estimates typically range from €12,000 to €15,000. This estimate includes:

  • Demolition of the wall.
  • Installation of the support structure (RSJ beam is a common option).
  • Rerouting of electrical wires and plumbing (if necessary).
  • Finishing touches like plastering, painting, and potentially flooring.

These are estimates based on estimates provided by builders via the Onlinetradesmen service. Note: This price guide does not include an engineer's assessment and design for the support structure or building control approval. The actual cost can vary depending on the size and complexity of the project, your location, and the materials used.


Get an Accurate Quote for Your Dream Space

For the most accurate quote, post a job on OnlineTradesmen with your project requirements, the desired start date, and the status of your job (i.e., just looking or ready to hire). You even have the option to upload photos. Qualified builders in your area will respond to your job, and you have the option to compare their replies and ratings before hiring your preferred trade professional.

Remember, tampering walls (especially load-bearing walls) require expertise and strict adherence to Irish building regulations. Post a job to find qualified builders today.


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