Structural report on load bearing or non load bearing walls

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It is a popular approach in homes to remove or relocate internal walls to create larger spaces in our bedrooms or living spaces. 

This is often not a complicated process but it is one that requires input from a structural engineer.

Internal walls or partitions can be simply that, an internal wall, but they may also be a load-bearing wall.  A load-bearing wall is one that provides support to the floors, roofs or walls above.  Because it is providing that support, the wall cannot be removed or relocated without introducing some structural support in the way or beams or columns.  Establishing whether the wall is load-bearing is therefore vital for the structural safety of your home. Load-bearing partitions can be masonry, such as brick or concrete blocks, or studwork such as timber or metal.  So, we can’t expect a wall is not load-bearing simply because it is studwork.

Other professionals in the construction industry such as builders or architects may often give advice on whether a wall is load-bearing but unfortunately their advice cannot always be relied upon.  For that reliable advice, you will need a structural engineer.

Structures-Made-Easy will visit your home to gain an understanding of the structure of the property, with particular attention to the floors.  After analysing our findings, we will write a report describing the existing structure and whether the wall is question is load-bearing.  If the wall is load-bearing then we can prepare designs for the new structure that will be reuqired to replace the wall.  These drawings and calculations will provide information for costing and construction by your builder, but also to obtain Building Regulations approval for the works.    

Where the wall is part of a flat or apartment, then often the floors, walls or roofs that a wall may be supporting are in a different property on the floors above.  In such cases we would ideally need access to those floors above to determine if the wall is load-bearing.  If this is not possible, then an alternative would be to create a small opening, perhaps 15cm square, in the ceiling of your flat to enable us to inspect the structure of the floor above.

If you would like to discuss further please feel free to contact us using our email support@structures-made-easy.co.uk or call us on 0207 965 7376

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