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Chimney breast removal

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by PaDE, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. PaDE


    Joined: Mar 20, 2015

    Posts: 201

    Just a quick Q ...

    Thinking of removing the chimney breast in the living room
    • Its a 30 yr old house and the breast doesn't follow up through to the bedroom above like older houses
    • The stack runs up the outside of the house
    • The breast sounds pretty hollow to tap.
    Hoping this isn't too big a job :)

    I take it, you need to get a structural engineer in to assess and inform local council?

  2. psd99


    Joined: Sep 7, 2008

    Posts: 4,934

    depends on the council
    it is worth ringing them up to enquire about it
  3. SeatIbiza

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 21, 2008

    Posts: 1,152

    Location: Cotswolds

    Watch for potential asbestos too...

    I think your first port is a SE to see if it is doing anything more than being just a chimney. Is it brick built outside the house and kind of offset?

    Also, why not keep it and stick a wood burner in?
  4. SMN

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 2, 2008

    Posts: 2,456

    Location: The ether

    Definitely an assessment needs to be done by an engineer; in older houses the chimney stack was / is integral to the entire structure of the building, thus you literally cannot remove it, IIRC? If its newer then you've more of a chance.
  5. fastwunz


    Joined: Jul 12, 2005

    Posts: 3,305

    if you intendf to remove the breast but leave the stack then a gallows bracket will be needed - or similar solution
  6. PaDE


    Joined: Mar 20, 2015

    Posts: 201

    Cheers all, cross reference online with similar builds, we may be lucky and not have too much aggro.

    Going to get the SE booked up and get something definitive. Thanks.
  7. DB_SamX


    Joined: Feb 17, 2006

    Posts: 8,018

    Location: Winchester

    Correct, they are offer a strong "core" along a gable wall so its removal may require some strenghening to be reinstate in lieu of the chimney.