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Load Bearing Wall Removal

What we do

We help you enlarge your living space by (re) moving walls.

We handle all related structural modifications and repairs.

Here is what we do when we remove a wall:

  1. Visit the site and produce an engineered solution*
  2. Cover floors and wall surfaces to minimize scuffing
  3. Set up a dust-control system with filters
  4. Shore up the structure to prepare for demolition
  5. Demolish the wall(s) and remove all debris
  6. Remove a portion of the ceiling and cut floor joists
  7. Install steel or laminated lumber beam
  8. Attach the cut joists to the installed beam
  9. Take pictures and document everything we have done
  10. Clean up after ourselves

Occasionally, the removal of drywall reveals unexpected structural conditions. When this happens, we can and do help clients tackle the newfound structural issues.

The point is — we do what it takes. Always.

*the goal of the engineering design is to reorganize the load paths (after the wall is removed) to preserve the structural integrity of the home in the least intrusive way.

What makes us different

It begins with a question: what is the most practical, inexpensive, and frictionless way to do your project?

That question drives everything we do. It forms the basis of our engineering approach. It shows up in how we lay out your project — floor protection everywhere, dust barriers, and positive pressure so the rest of your home stays clean. It unfolds in the tight logistics of moving men and materials through your site so quickly and cleanly, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

We are easy to work with. We are punctual. We do what we say, which means we won’t keep you hanging. Once we arrive at your site, we won’t leave for another site until your project is finished.

What you can expect

Engineering (a necessary precursor to wall removal)

After our initial phone call in which we gather the facts (it will save you time, so schedule that call today), an engineer and a project manager can usually visit the site the same week.

The complete engineering package takes 5 to 7 work days from start to finish, and is uploaded to a private folder set up for you.

Engineering for simple, targeted structural modifications, such as the removal of a single load bearing wall or the re-design of standard trusses, costs less than $1,000. Some projects cost more.

Load bearing wall removal (demolition and construction)

When the engineering is complete we can give you a firm quote for your project. Your project is scheduled once you sign off on the paperwork. In select cases, we may recommend removing the drywall in advance of the final demolition, to better prepare for an uneventful completion.

Once we begin work on your site, we will not leave for another site until the work is completed. We are fastidious about being neat and will do our best to leave your home in the condition we found it, if not better.

Load bearing wall removal projects range from less than $10,000 to as much as $25,000 and are completed within 1 to 3 days. Most projects cost less than $15,000. In projects that cost $20,000 or more, we find ourselves working with some combination of long spans, complex site conditions, concrete pads, and multiple beams.

Who we serve

We serve homeowners looking to enlarge living spaces, remove load bearing or other walls, or undertake structural modifications and repairs.

Is this a load bearing wall?

By far, this is the most common question we get.

It would not be difficult to write down rules of thumb that laypersons might use to their advantage. The problem is that there are too many caveats and exceptions to do anyone any good.

But, we can often talk you through it over the phone. If you would like that you will need to send us some pictures (wide angles are better, and do include an outside shot of your home as well). Also, let us know when your home was built, where the wall is in the home, and what two rooms/spaces are on either side of it. Dimensions would be nice. If you have plan drawings, even better.

load bearing wall removal video 1

Is removing a wall really that big a deal?

If the wall in question is not carrying any loads (i.e. if it is a simple partition) then removing it is fairly easy. If you aren’t afraid of a little dust, and you know how to wield common construction tools like hammers, crowbars, and saws, you could remove it yourself.

However, some walls in your home or building were purposefully erected to support the weight of the structure above. Those load bearing walls must have their loads re-routed before removal.

With the right tools and the knowledge of exactly how to do it, we routinely remove load bearing walls. It takes considerable skill.

The work includes designing new load paths, shoring the ceiling joists and cutting them to make space for a new beam, removing the wall(s), installing one or more beams, re-attaching cut joists, re-routing wiring, and managing assorted complications.

There is a precise sequence to these steps and there’s not much room to get it wrong — gravity is merciless. Enjoy the video below!

load bearing wall removal video 2
load bearing wall removal no dust

Notice the dust? Us neither. It had to be that way since the client wanted to be able to use the kitchen while we were there! Anyway, after the drywall came off, we replaced this load bearing wall with a flush beam mounted inside the ceiling. That island in the newly-expanded kitchen sits at the blue rectangle on the floor.

Load Bearing Wall Company

Mailing Address:

275 Market St #54

Minneapolis MN 55405

License Number:

BC 706454

We proudly serve the Twin Cities Metro area. The Twin Cities has several local government bodies, each with its own set of rules and permits. We ensure that all those requirements are met. We pride ourselves on being #1 in customer service. We serve customers in Minneapolis and St Paul and the inner ring of suburbs including Edina, Plymouth, Golden Valley, Roseville, and Eagan. Our service area extends to Shakopee and Lakeville to the south, Stillwater in the east, Elk River and Forest Lake to the north, and Chanhassen and other townships west of Wayzata and Excelsior.

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