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Question DetailsAsked on 1/25/2015

How much does it cost to remove a patio column?

Just a standard column (stucco)

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if the column is a structural support, it may cost a whole lot more than you barganed for

Answered 4 years ago by the new window man


As the prior question says - removal is not the problem - probably around $150-400 cost depending on what it is made of, assuming prefabricated or wood. The column is not made of stucco, BTW, that is just the architectural finish - the stucco most likely covers a wood column, though possibly pipe, structural steel, concrete, or prefabricated foam/plastic. That cost would be just to remove the column, assuming it can be done without the roof falling down immediately.

In almost all cases, the columns are there to support specific design roof loads, and the roof structure is designed assuming the columns are there to support it - all of them. Therefore, to safely remove a column means you not only have to shift the load previously carried by that column to other columns or the house itself (typically with bigger horizontal beams), but commonly that you also have to upsize the remaining columns carrying the now larger beam so they can carry the increased share of roof (and wind) load you are asking them to bear - so assuming that column is not just for looks and carries no load, typically actual construction cost (after design) in the thousand dollar range for a quite simple case to prop up roof, put in bigger beam (possibly several if column carries more than one beam) and maybe bigger adjacent columns, knock out unwanted column, and paint to suit with quite small patio or porch roof, to quite a few thousands for say a full portico roof support restructuring.

For this reason, this sort of thing is rarely done unless a complete remodel of the area is being done anyway, so the column become a tearout as part of the remodel or enclosure project.

To determine what you can do you need a Structural Engineer to evaluate loads and current column load carrying capacity, then design the change and work up plans so a General Contractor can then use those plans to bid the job, get building permit, and build the job. He should also be able to give you a ballpark cost for the change. Engineer's charge only probably in the range of $400-800 depending on complexity. Note he will have to knock a hole or two in the column, and maybe also adjacent ones and fascia over beam(s) (if enclosed) to determine how the current structure is built - so even if you decide not to go ahead with it because the estimate is too expensive, you are looking at probably at least $300 engineer cost for the evaluation only, plus subsequent repair costs of several hundred $ to close up and repaint the inspection holes.

If by some chance you meant this is just a decorative Greek column, free-standing and supporting nothing, then a Handyman can probably tear it out and dispose of it for about $100-300 depending on what it is made of - more if deeply embedded in the ground andyou don't want it just cut off at ground surface for disposal.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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