Removing a Load Bearing Wall To Create an Open Kitchen in Killearn - $54,700

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It all started with a dishwasher leak that flooded the home. The homeowner was planning to remodel their kitchen anyway but now also had to replace all the flooring in the house as well.

Since the flooring had to be replaced anyway the idea of removing a wall to create an open kitchen started to make sense. In order to remove the wall we would have to cut into the slab to reinforce the footer before we installed the 2×10 beam needed to span the new opening.

The final result was fantastic. No only does the new kitchen have more storage and counter space (with room to grow) it also feels more open and modern. For the flooring we decided on Luxury Vinyl Plank from Mohawk. LVP is durable, looks great and is 100 percent waterproof. 

The Challenge

The homeowner wanted to create an open kitchen to the living room but the wall was load bearing. He also wanted to add an island with a gas range but the house was on a concrete slab. He only planned to be in the home for 4 or 5 more years and was concerened about the cost.

The Solution

We created a Good Better Best budget for two versions of the project, one with keeping the wall, one with removing it. We also contacted our engineer to see how involved removing the wall might be. Ulitmately he decided the extra cost of removing the wall was worth it. 


Original GBB Budget


Change Orders


Final Project Costs

Even with a change order request from the homeowner to make some small updates to the laundry room the project still came in under the original budget.

Favorite Features

Deako Smart Lighting

Deako Smart Switches allow the control of the kitchen lights by phone or Alexa / Google Home.

Open Floor Plan

The new open kitchen has more counter space, more storage and is great for entertaining. 

Frameless Cabinets

Bellmont 1600 Frameless cabinetry give the kitchen a contemporary look.

Before and After

The before plan had very little counterspace and was closed off from the rest of the house. 

After the remodel the kitchen is open to the living area, has a large island and even has room to add additional storage in the future. 

Day 1 Video: Set Up and Demo



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Paul McManus

Certified Residential Contractor, CRC1331326