Open plan living is a great way to maximize the space in your home, but before you take a sledgehammer to that wall, get the advice of a structural engineer. If the wall is load bearing (supports the upper level of your house), your home could be at risk of collapse. Load bearing walls also often contain electrical wiring and plumbing, which will need rerouting by a professional.
Speak to your local council before you start any substantial building work like this, as you may also need to get Building Control’s approval. Employing a professional builder means it’s their responsibility to make sure the work complies with all regulations.
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