How difficult is it to knock down walls to combine rooms?


I have a two bedroom house that was built in 1904. The rooms are extremely small the master bedroom is only 13 by 13. Everyone tells me just sell it and get out it will cost too much to renovate. I don't have a lot of money so what can I do to make my house livable? Should I knock down walls to expand my rooms?

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  • Janice Janice on Nov 03, 2019

    Most homes built in that era do not have closets included in the floor plan. Perhaps if you have another area of the home where you can place your clothes and shoes, simply clearing those from your bedroom area will make your room feel more spacious. I would never change a 2-bedroom into a 1-bedroom, simply because of future resale. If the ceiling are high, why not raise your bed up several inches, use the area beneath for storage and create a deeper bed skirt to hide the stored items.

  • Gk Gk on Nov 03, 2019

    If you are a single person living in the home alone just use the other bedroom for a closet!

    If you want to start knocking walls down to make a better floor plan and you don't have a lot of money it is wise to get very accurate estimates to know exactly how much things would cost. It's just not as simple as knocking down walls. You would have to repair ceilings, flooring, doorways and trim, maybe some electrical and/or heating just to name a few things that you have to pay for just to do a minor renovation. Usually what starts out as what you may think of as an inexpensive project ends up costing more than you might anticipate.

  • What all needs renovation other than the bedroom? I live in a small home, by American standards, and that is about the size of my master bedroom. Granted it is wall to wall furniture, which isn't ideal, but it works. If you want photos, let me know.

    I wouldn't recommend turning a two bedroom into a one bedroom, just for resale value.

    In my case, it is all about organization to keep it clutter free, yet access your belongings when needed. My second bedroom is set up as a home office. I do have a loft for additional living space.

    Go with your gut, and don't let others influence your decisions. If you love the house, area, location, proximity to amenities, it would be worth staying and fixing up room by room as budget allows.

  • Emily Emily on Nov 03, 2019

    My house was built in 1905 and has 4 bedrooms with closets. The rooms are on the small side but there are many of them. I think there are different style and sized houses from every era. You don't say how many people live with you but I would not knock down the walls between the bedrooms. But you could use for for a sitting room, craft room etc. if you live alone. My house measures 32' X 29'. we have 5 rooms downstairs and a small hall also a back extension. The only structural change we made was to open up the space between the Pantry and the kitchen which previous owners had sort of flipped. They turned the pantry into the kitchen and left the old kitchen as a dance floor. during WW 2. The work was done by a friend a long time ago and very inexpensive. We opened space as wide as possible and as high as possible, so light comes from both sides of the house in this area. Any space can be made more attractive and functional. Do what is best for you and your budget. . . move or stay. Our house has appreciated greatly over the years we have lived here. It has paid us to stay.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Nov 03, 2019
    The question I would ask myself is, first, is there an area that you can expand into without taking away from the overall livability of the house and its value? You will have the same square footage, just redistributed. The next question would be if the walls you want to remove are structural/ load bearing. It isn't as simple as just opening a wall. It can be done, but, carefully. If the floor plan can't be reworked then you might want to consider what you really want and need to make you happy. Go to some open houses that are similar in space to yours and see what has been done with them to make them more functional.
  • Deb K Deb K on Nov 03, 2019

    Hi, you will need to careful with this, but it can be done, you will need to check whether the walls you want to move are load bearing, this will require a telepost or other means of support once wall is removed, but will still open it up for you, proceed with caution and get professional advice on this before you make your plans. Good luck

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