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Stud Walls Installation Costs

Material Costs, Labour Fees and Time Frame Estimates for Installing Stud Walls

If you want to add another room to your home but aren’t interested in an extension project, you can co sider dividing an existing space instead. This can be done by fitting stud walls. It is easy and relatively cheap compared to how much it would cost you to build an extension or move to a new property. 

Installing partition walls is generally effective at maximizing an currently existing space to make it possible for you to divide it into sections for multiple purposes. For instance, if you have a considerably-sized bedroom, you can have it divided into smaller ones. You can also use the same technique in using the space under your stairs as a toilet downstairs. 

These types of partition walls are referred to as stud walls. This is because they are made using studs or timbre frames that are covered by plasterboards. The wall is made of timber studs that are then fixed to the ceilings, walls, and floors. Plasterboard is then used to cover them. The wall is then decorated to make it a seamless part of the interiors. 

Getting stud walls built is a straightforward project, especially if you are an accomplished DIY-er. However, before you decide to take on the job, it is best that you first check a number of things to ensure that this is indeed something you can take on. Check first if there is a need for you to meet specific regulations by local authorities, especially where good ventilation, light, and fire safety are concerned. There’s a very good chance that you might still need to seek out professional help for wiring the lighting as well as installing plumbing and heating. There may be no need for you to sign up for planning permission.

Professionals will know if there are specific regulations that need to be met when getting these walls installed. If you’re confident, however, that this is one job that you can carry out on your own, you can use timber to make a wall frame of 100mm by 50mm dimensions of 75mm by 50mm. The frame, which will be fixed onto the ceiling joists, is composed of a head or ceiling plate. Floor plates will be used to nail the fixture onto the floor and vertically standing studs are also fixed between plates using nails. Horizontal braces called noggins are used to give added support to the wall. For heat and sound insulation, slab insulation can be fitted between studs once the plasterboard has been successfully installed to the other side. Since stud walls aren’t considered as load-bearing types, it is possible to add an opening or a doorway wherever you wish to. 

If installing the walls yourself and dividing a considerably-sized bedroom in the process, make sure that there will be at least a window for each room. This way, there will be a route for fire escape. If the walls face onto your stairwell, fire protection may be needed to ensure that the fire will not spread too quickly. You may also need sound insulation especially if you’re dividing the bathroom or bedroom from a different room. This may be done by adding insulation or plasterboards that are sound-resistant into the stud gaps. 

For those instances where the walls run parallel to the joists on the floor, more support may be needed to ensure that the floor can support the stud wall’s weight. You can always ask a structural engineer for help when you’re not quite confident of what you’re doing. Also, make sure that there is proper ventilation when creating a new room. This is done via the addition of a trickle vent through the window frame or by opening a window. 

Stud Walls Installation Costs

Most people would want to hire the services of the experts to get their stud walls installed. For dividing a bedroom into two rooms where no electrics are needed, no radiators have to be moved and no windows are required, costs could be around £850 and could take up to three days to complete.