Partition wall installation
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Include a partition wall for office and house renovations to create a more ambient space
A partition wall for office and house revamps will enhance your business or home by dividing up the available space to create extra rooms that will provide a more functional environment while generating a greater feel of available personalised space. Partition walls are primarily installed in homes and offices for reasons of privacy and to reduce noise levels. They’re usually non-load-bearing walls with a thin cross-section that takes up little flooring space.
Dividing walls are extremely practical and cost effective when compared with more permanent types of wall. They can be installed relatively quickly and typically incorporate robust design features that ensure they last for years.
In business premises, installing a partition wall is an ideal means to enhance the layout and functionality of an office, providing more privacy and adding structure while creating a modern, attractive environment for staff and visiting clients. Most office partitions have no structural fixings, so they can be moved easily or re-arranged.
Enhancing an office environment by creating spaces for staff that feel individual and lend themselves to personalisation can go a long way towards keeping a workforce happy – and a happy workforce is typically a more productive workforce.
On the home front, using a partition wall to create an extra room, such as bedroom, en-suite, bathroom, or home office, is far easier and cheaper than moving house. If you later decide to relocate, your partition walls may be just what a potential buyer is looking for; if not, they can be easily and quickly dismantled. It’s a win-win situation for the seller.
When dividing an interior area, with either an office wall or house wall, it’s important to consider the existing outline of the space, as well as its function. There’re several different kinds of partition wall – varying in aesthetic appearance, strength, and durability – including brick, concrete, glass, metal lath and plaster, hollow blocks, wood, and stud walls.
Familiarising yourself with the diverse kinds of interior wall will help you to choose the best partition wall to suit your home or office needs.
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Installation of a brick interior wall is one of the most common and affordable ways of creating separate rooms. These dividing walls come in 3 main forms:
- A regular (or plain) brick partition is constructed with bricks set in cement mortar and plastered on both sides. These walls are very strong and fire-resistant.
- With a brick nogging wall, bricks are positioned in the spaces created by a wooden frame, fastened with mortar and plastered each side.
- A reinforced brick partition is the sturdiest type of brick partition wall. It’s similar to a regular brick partition but also incorporates steel meshed strips to provide the additional strength.
Like brick partitions, concrete dividing walls are also known for their robustness.
You can choose a basic concrete dividing wall or a reinforced concrete wall if you need a sturdier construction.
Solid pre-cast concrete walls use pre-cast posts to hold the slabs in place, and the joints are fixed with cement mortar.
Hollow concrete dividing walls comprise T-shaped or L-shaped pre-cast slabs linked together by mortar, so posts are not needed.
A glass partition wall can be constructed with either glass sheets or hollow glass blocks.
The blocks are made of translucent glass and come in an assortment of shapes and sizes, although square wedges are most common. The blocks are set in a bed of mortar and may be reinforced with metal if the wall is especially tall.
A glass sheet partition wall has a wooden frame to hold the sheets in place. These walls are really efficient in keeping out noise and pests, and are moisture-resistant.
Metal lath and plaster
Metal lath and plaster walls are thin but strong, durable, and fire-resistant. The metal lath, available in a range of patterns, is fixed in position with a timber or steel framework. For greater insulation against sound and heat, these walls can be constructed with a cavity by attaching the lath on each side of specially-shaped steel channels.
Hollow blocks shaped from clay, terracotta, or concrete are now frequently used as partition walls. They’re strong, affordable, light yet rigid and fire-resistant. They also have effective sound-insulating properties. Size of the blocks varies with the texture of the material, from 6-15cm thick. These walls are installed in a similar way to structural load-bearing walls.
Wooden partition walls comprise frames of wood attached to side walls and secured to the floor. They’re plastered or boarded on each side to create a solid partition. These walls are lightweight and relatively easy to install, but are susceptible to rot and insect infestation, and are not fire-resistant.
A stud wall consists of plasterboard fixed to a frame of metal or timber secured to the ceiling, floor, and walls. They can be decorated to appear as an integral part of your house or office.
Make sure your partition wall renovation for office or house gets off to a good start
Before going ahead with either a residential or commercial wall renovation, several factors need to be considered to ensure the project runs smoothly. Unforeseen problems in the middle of a partition wall installation can be costly and time-consuming.
If you rent your premises, construction of a dividing wall could well be regarded as a structural alteration, which is specifically prohibited in a typical rental contract. However, if you approach your landlord with professionally drawn-up plans for your partition wall renovation, they may well be happy to give the green light, as the wall renovation could add value to their property.
Another aspect of wall renovation that needs to be addressed is whether you need a Government permit for your new wall. Guidelines by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore suggests that lightweight, non-load-bearing, easily-removable partition walls are OK, but the detailed regulations may appear complex to a layman. So, it’s best to consult your contractor, who will be able to guide you through the red tape. For more information about building regulations go to this BCA page.
Other issues to discuss with your contractor include:
- Do you need visibility between rooms?
- Do you want a layout that’s easily changed or a more permanent fixture?
- Do you need sound insulation?
- Do you want to let in natural light?
- How do you make sure your wall renovation complies with fire-safety requirements?
- Will you be able to hang heavy items on your new partition wall?
- What other things do you need to consider when planning your budget?
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Why choose Kepha Design and Contracts
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Kepha Design and Contracts in Singapore is an experienced house wall and office wall renovation contractor. We’d be delighted to share the expertise we’ve gained to help you create extra rooms in your premises with the installation of quality partition walls that will enhance the layout of your home or office, while creating an ambient space to suit your lifestyle or working environment and potentially increasing the value of your property.
We can guide you through the whole process of installing a partition wall, right from the planning stage; we pride ourselves in providing the highest standards of design principles, workmanship, and customer satisfaction.
What our client says
We engaged Kepha through a recommendation to undertake renovation at our HDB flat. Kepha was accommodative to our needs and timeline, the workmanship is excellent, and the materials used are good quality. The design and styling is contemporary and lasting; plus maintenance and cleaning are easy. And Kepha provided great value for money.
Overall, we are a satisfied customer!Connie
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