One of the most common questions that homeowners ask when they want to make modifications or improvements to their home is what to do about load-bearing walls. When developing your design, it’s vital to think about these walls.
When you want to demolish a wall or undertake major interior renovations, you’ll need a building permit. To get approval for the project the plans will need to be professionally drafted and presented with any and all supporting documentation to the appropriate authorities.
Load-bearing walls are structural elements that carry the vertical load weight of a building, but they may also serve as a partition between rooms. In traditional construction, they may be made from stone or brick, but in modern structures frames and panels are used to bear the weight.
If you are trying to locate the load-bearing walls in your home, you will need to make sure it is accurate. Being unsure is not only dangerous, but it could end up costing you even more in repairs. Before beginning any type of project, it’s critical to locate load-bearing walls. Any skilled contractor understands the significance of doing so. If your contractor does not seem concerned, you should consider pursuing another one! Load-bearing walls are usually located wherever the roof reaches its lowest points. So, if you have a standard exterior with four walls, then two of the four exterior walls will be load-bearing walls. You will also have interior load-bearing walls. They are usually perpendicular to the floor joists but this is not always the case, and an expert opinion is essential.
Removing a load-bearing wall is often the best option for creating an open-plan living space. By removing load-bearing walls, you can open up smaller rooms which allow light into the room and also gives the illusion of the space being larger. The design possibilities it opens up are vast and create the opportunity for you to really design your dream space without barriers.
For load-bearing wall removal projects in Toronto, we provide design and construction permits. We made building permit approval for load-bearing walls an easier task for you. During the city review procedure, we will assist you in following up with the city examiner ensuring that the project is on track.
All our drawings & designs at Acadia Drafting are completed according to the Ontario Building Code (OBC) and stamped by a BCIN professional and/or Engineer based on project requirements.
The whole construction process can get delayed due to inaccurate drafts. Good drawings help collaborate with all consultants to ensure your permit and construction process goes as smoothly as possible and are also able to convey the correct idea or intention to your contractor.
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Although safety should never be overlooked, don’t assume that your remodeling ideas are ruined just because it’s a load-bearing wall. To ensure that the ceiling or upstairs floor does not sag or fall, you may need to build support beams and leave one or more columns here and there.
There are almost always great alternatives for projects like these, and all it takes is time, patience, and the right team of experts on your side!
At Acadia Drafting, we offer professional services in Toronto to suit all your CAD and drafting needs. We ensure that your building plans are drawn up accurately according to your preferences and in compliance with local building codes. Call (647) 478-9292 today for your free estimate!
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