Many of the homes in San Antonio were built before the 1980’s, back when home plans with compartmentalized rooms were common. A high percentage of homes in the south Texas and Gulf Coast area still have a layout where the main hallway connects individual rooms and living spaces.

You are not alone if you are in love with all those open floor plans you see in the home magazines and on HGTV. Browsing photos of gorgeous, open-concept kitchen design ideas can make to make a person weak in the knees. It is not surprising that homes with open floor plans remain in high demand.

Because newer homes with more modern floor plans are in short supply and can be expensive, homeowners who want open floor plans in South Texas are in a tough spot. There are insufficient new affordable homes on sale to satisfy demand. Removing a wall not only dramatically updates your older home, but combining living spaces is among the most beneficial ways to increase a home’s value.

Just how much will it Cost to Remove a Wall?

How much money removing a wall costs hinges on whether the wall is a non-load-bearing wall or a load-bearing wall. Load-bearing walls help support the weight of your home. Removing a bearing wall without the proper supports can cause things to collapse.

It is a smart idea to speak with a qualified contractor who can have a look at your blueprints and make certain that things are done properly. They can also help you outline a new layout that works within your existing floor plan. Contact DMJ today for your free consultation.

Ways to Create an Open Layout

If you are tired of dwelling in tiny, little rooms, here are eight things to think about when planning your open layout remodel.

1. Best Wall to Remove: If you can only pick one wall to remove, consider removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room or living room. Homes sell for less if the kitchen is separate from other living spaces.

2. Showcase your kitchen! Kitchens used to remain hidden in the rear of the house, but today’s kitchens are stunning and deserve to be brandished. Connecting your kitchen to the remainder of the house can make your home look more modern and impressive.

3. Hosting your parties: If you love to entertain, but hate being marooned in the kitchen, an open-concept kitchen allows you to hang out with your guests while preparing the meal. It also allows you to fit everybody in your house without feeling cramped.Texas BBQ

4. Make Your Home Feel Bigger: If your home is small, removing a wall is a great way to make it look and feel bigger. In south Texas, where we love the outdoors, BBQ’s and hanging out with friends under starry skies, a grand patio is a must!  Removing walls and installing French doors to the patio allows you to pull in outside space to make your home feel bigger.

5. Let There Be Light!: Love natural light? Opening things up allows the windows to draw light into the entire home.

6. Staying Connected: Combining living spaces helps keep families connected. Instead of spending your time in separate rooms, an open space allows you the flexibility to do things together and to interact.

7. Multi-Purpose: Homes with open floor plans allow homeowners to use spaces for multiple purposes. Instead, you can open up the space and use it for other things too– allowing for more versatility.

8. Removing Cabinets: Many homes that were built a few decades ago have those L-shaped counters with the cabinets that block the view of the dining area. These are easy to take out and removing them out can really open things up.