If you’re looking for a way to open up your home, consider removing load bearing walls. This can be done in many ways, depending on the type of wall you want to remove. For example, if you want to remove a partition wall that separates your living room from your dining room and turn it into an open concept living/dining area, you would likely use an LVL (laminated veneer lumber) beam, depending on the span of the beam. You can also decide between having the beam installed below the joists or recessed into the ceiling above the wall being removed so it’s like nothing was ever there!
Another option is using structural steel beams in place of wood beams. Steel beams have many advantages over wood beams, mainly that they are stronger and can carry span across large spaces without requiring additional supports.
If you choose to remove load bearing walls in your home, our Engineer will visit your home and produce a detailed drawing, outlining exactly how the wall will be removed and sizing the new beams. You will also get stamped engineering drawings before we proceed with the work.