#6: Open Up and Say OffersOpen floor plans are super popular. Sometimes a wall may need to be knocked down to make it happen, but it can be done safely if a few simple rules are followed. "As crazy as it sounds, it's not that big of a deal, unless it's a load-bearing wall. Then it can get tricky," says carpenter Steve Hanneman of the L.A. team.
"Make sure you hire someone to tell you if it's a load-bearing wall," adds carpenter Deus Scott, also of the L.A. team.