Cost to gut to studs?

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Posted by: from Campbell River
2/17/2015 at 8:53:42 PM

What would the approximate cost be to gut to studs and subfloor, including plumbing and electrical and assuming asbestos in popcorn ceilings and drywall mud, and containment as for mold remediation (potential particulate chemical contamination) for a 1978 3 level split house, 2100 sq feet?

Our home was heavily ozoned in odor remediation, resulting in material damage and the associated formation of irritating chemicals in various forms. We are working on a restoration strategy, and determining the best options, one of which would be a total gut to remove likely affected materials and sources of chemical residues.

A number of sources suggested that measures similar to a complete mould removal protocol may be needed, and the home was built in the era when asbestos may be an issue, in the ceiling and drywall compound. The flooring is all newer hardwood, tile and vinyl, except for two small areas that had new subfloor laid over the old flooring. We are not looking for the rebuilding cost at this point, just the demolition.

We would appreciate any information as we continue to explore options.


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Date/Time2/17/2015 at 10:06:24 PM

There is no set price. There are so many things that can vary in this situation. From what is getting gutted to what you are leaving. But sounds like you need an abatement team in to do your removal. I would have the house tested first to see what needs abatement than you can deal with the rest on your own.

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Dave in Courtice
Date/Time2/17/2015 at 10:10:07 PM

Hello there,

To do a complete gut down to the studs.. With removal and waste disposal, our cost would be around 6000.00.. give or take. Being a plumber for many years and GC for a few as well I've done my fair share of demoing can get it done fast and affordable.

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Lisandro from L.P.Donan Construction in Waterloo
Date/Time2/17/2015 at 10:49:14 PM


I agree with Daryl's advice that you should have your home tested first to determine the affected areas and level of remediation required. Then you would be able to hire a registered remediation/abatement company to carry out the proper removal and disposal of hazardous materials.

Avoid hiring just anyone to carry out the demolition, because they could end up making the problem worse for you by potentially exposing you and themselves to very harmful substances.

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Brian from Next Restoration in Rockwood
Date/Time2/18/2015 at 9:48:42 AM

The cost will vary depending on the concentration of mould or asbestos, samples will have to be taken and analyzed before you can even begin to price this type of work. Mould and its source will have to be removed and corrected, The asbestos could be dealt with in a different matter would have to see it before I could offer a solution.

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Date/Time2/18/2015 at 10:22:06 AM


I agree with all the comments except for one. The cost could be quite high to do all that you are asking about. If there is a concern about mould and chemicals (in addition to the asbestos), there may also be some contamination of the studs. Keep in mind that, often, renovation work can cost more than replacement of old with new. What is often found are "other" issues once walls are opened and areas are exposed. So, I totally agree with having your place tested prior to any decission.

Not an easy choice but think over-all safety and you'll be content.

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