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June 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 181

When you have finally had enough with the way your room looks and are about to call in the builders, take the opportunity to assess whether you could save some money by doing the job yourself. Although most people limit themselves to little more than wallpapering and painting, making changes to the internal layout of your room can actually be quite straightforward. Although it should not be undertaken lightly, adding space, depth or a new layout to old rooms does not always require a professional builder. Creating new walls, building internal cupboards, or just defining an area within a room can be achieved with comparatively little effort and can add significantly to the feel and ambience of your home. First things first, do not undertake any demolition work without the advice of a professional builder or surveyor. Alternatively, why not head into a trade supplier, such as a timber merchants or builders' yard, to get some preliminary info before committing to your new project.

Although many structural changes can be made without extensive support work, it is important to know what are supporting walls and which are merely internal or stud walls. Differentiating between these might seem easy, but there is no point in taking unnecessary risks, especially when the structural integrity of your home is concerned.

Building a stud wall is a great way of making the best use of space and allows you to increase the flexibility of your home for different activities. Indeed, although the 80s saw a trend for open-plan living, few have found this practical and it is often frustrating if you find, for example, that cooking smells are permeating your furniture from an annexed kitchen. Once you have decided on where to build your stud wall, you will need to make sure you have all the right supplies. At its most basic, a stud wall is created by building a framework of timber supports on to which the plasterboard is attached on both sides. So the first place you are going to need to visit is a timber merchants, to get the right type of wood for the project. The size of the wood usually depends on the type of span you are attempting to bridge, with larger walls requiring a lot more rigidity to withstand the stresses of daily life. Again, a reputable timber merchant should be able to give you a good idea of what you will need for the job. However, above all else, before attaching anything to the wall, floors or ceiling, take care to locate where any gas pipe work or electricity cabling is located.

Zoe Robinson is an enthusiastic writer in the subject matter of timber supplies. The websites recommended by Zoe Robinson have been thoroughly researched and come highly acclaimed from direct experience. Take a look at a range of products available from online timber merchants today.

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