Renovating and Structural Integrity

Dear Marc;
I bought an older 1 ½ storey home. I want to change around the layout of the main floor by tearing down a few walls. Is there anything I need to know before I start?
Jenna

Dear Jenna;
Welcome to the world of renovation! Open concept spaces offer a modern touch to any home but beware of hidden structural elements. Homes have what we call, “load bearing walls” which are walls that keep the house from collapsing. These walls should never be torn down without a consultation from an engineer or contractor. This does not mean it cannot be done. Your contractor might be able to find an alternative to this open concept design by adding structural beams or pillars to replace the wall. Therefore, always consult a professional before making any major renovations such as the removal of a wall.

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