The main floor originally had a small living room and a good size bedroom. We would like to have the bedrooms on the second floor, so we decided to remove the bedroom wall in the mail floor to open up the space and make the living room bigger and brighter. Also remove the wall of the halway and the wall that spereated the stairs to the second floor.
A portion of the kitchen wall has been removed to have a nice open kitchen. However, we faced a giant chimney right in the middle of kitchen and living room. We either have to put the wall back or remove the chimney as well. If we remove the chimney we need to upgrade the furnace to high efficacy which costs us $5,500. We are waiting for the contractor to gives a quote for removing the chimney then we re-visit our budget to deiced if we could go with that option. The furnace cost was not budgted at all.
To dispose the drywalls we had to have a sample of drywall tested for any harmful chemicals, unfortunately it tested positive for asbestos, so we had to bring a few environmental guys to remove those affected drywall which costs us $1,800. This totally was not expected and budgeted for.