Jump to content

removing chimney flue on one floor


Al in nl
 Share

Recommended Posts

Hi,

Been asked to remove a chimney while renovating a house. Top floor (3rd floor) will be straightforward we think. But the owner does not want it removed from 1st floor, and does from ground floor. Chimney seems to be brick all way up. Circa 1900 town house. Any tips on ground floor? 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I expect you'll need structural engineer and building control input for support of the remaining brickwork. 

 

If it's semi detached, need to have a look at what the neighbours chimney is doing because that'll affect what you need to do. 

 

If possible I think it's a lot better to completely remove a chimney - removes an ongoing liability from the roof! 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, George said:

I expect you'll need structural engineer and building control input for support of the remaining brickwork. 

 

If it's semi detached, need to have a look at what the neighbours chimney is doing because that'll affect what you need to do. 

 

 

If it is a terrace house or on the attached side of a detached house, you'll also need to serve a party wall notice before removing any part of the chimney breast.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

The chimney usually has to stay as it is an important element in supporting the building.

If taking out a section, then the remainder above has to be supported. This is a standard procedure and there are special brackets to fix to support the brickwork above,

It absolutely needs an Engineer, Building Control, and a decent builder (general, or bricklaying should do)

 

86261_P&$prodImageMedium$

Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 22/10/2021 at 17:28, Al in nl said:

Hi,

Been asked to remove a chimney while renovating a house. Top floor (3rd floor) will be straightforward we think. But the owner does not want it removed from 1st floor, and does from ground floor. Chimney seems to be brick all way up. Circa 1900 town house. Any tips on ground floor? 

 

 

Northern Ireland or Netherlands?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 hours ago, saveasteading said:

The chimney usually has to stay as it is an important element in supporting the building.

If taking out a section, then the remainder above has to be supported. This is a standard procedure and there are special brackets to fix to support the brickwork above,

It absolutely needs an Engineer, Building Control, and a decent builder (general, or bricklaying should do)

 

86261_P&$prodImageMedium$

I'm pretty sure this method is no longer allowed in England.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

That pic was from screwfix today . I used one about 4 years ago, because previous owners had left the chimney sitting on the ceiling. ie just removed up to the attic, and a new patch of ceiling in its place and a couple of wedges under the bricks. Building Inspector fine with it, but perhaps as changed.

I think if the Engineer says that is ok then is ok.

Best to leave the chimney breast in I say, and put some flowers or wine rack in the fireplace.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

25 minutes ago, George said:

You can't use gallow brackets if the neighbour has removed their chimney. 

Scary thought.

And have the neighbours done it properly or just done it?

Hence Engineer involved from early. Or if the neighbouring house has done this then forget it?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...