Glenshaw MansionsContemporary Living Room, London
What Houzz contributors are saying:
What do I need to consider?There are a few basic questions you should ask yourself when thinking about knocking down a wall in your home, in order to establish the success criteria for your project:1. What do I/don’t I like about the existing rooms? Are they too small? Too large? Too dark? In the wrong place? Cold and unwelcoming? 2. What sort of room do I feel I’m missing? A family space? A dining area in the kitchen? A combined bathroom/bedroom? A spacious living room?3. What sort of rooms do I like? Bright, open spaces? Cosy? Full of possessions? Minimal?These are important questions you need to consider. Don’t be talked into a large, open-plan kitchen-diner just because it’s fashionable, or because your neighbours tell you it’s the best thing they ever did, when what you’re more drawn to are smaller, more intimate rooms. Your home should be a true reflection of you and your family’s needs.
Will I need to add supports?You can pretty much remove or create an opening in any wall in your home; the main differential is that the more load the wall is taking, the larger the steelwork will need to be to replace it. To assess this, you’ll need to engage a structural engineer. There are two structural elements your engineer may suggest. The first is a beam, which is placed horizontally directly under the element of the house that’s now in need of support to replicate the support work the wall was doing. The other is a column, which is placed vertically – usually to hold up the ends of a beam when the existing walls are not capable of spreading this point load. Together they form a ‘goal post’ structure.Get ideas for how to work around a structural pillar in your kitchen extension
Houzz at a GlanceWho lives here A professional couple with a babyLocation Northwest LondonProperty An apartment in a 19th century mansion block Size 2 bedrooms, 2 bathroomsDesigner Sean Ronnie Hill, founder and director of RISE Design Studio Opening up this dark mansion block flat with its series of carved-up rooms was the key aim of this project – and the end result is truly impressive.“The long entrance hall [off which the bedrooms and bathrooms lead] was shortened to create a separation between private and public areas,” explains architect Sean Ronnie Hill. “Then three internal structural walls were removed to create open-plan spaces for living and dining, along with a kitchen area.”