I am a first time poster to this group but have found the general information on it extremely useful in the past, so thanks for that. However I have a more specific query now that I have just started my first renovation project of an old top floor tenement flat....
I have recently uncovered and started to dig around the old fireplace and have discovered what appears to be a brick built fireback covered by some kind of white mortar. I have removed a couple of bricks from the fireback to look behind it and there appears to be a second row of bricks in the same orientation.
Now what I wanted to do is remove the fireback completely to square off the opening, then reface it for both aesthetics and to reduce the opening size (currently 2'6" by 3'3") and then install a wood burning basket.
However my doubt now that I see the second row of bricks is whether the fireback can actually be removed without punching a hole into the adjoining neighbours fireplace - i.e. is the "brick fireback" in fact the original builders opening?
I don't know too much about different styles of tenement construction so is it possible to get back to back fireplaces like Layout A below, or are they all more spaced out like Layout B?
In terms of my building it is not as grand as far as room sizes or fixtures go as some other buildings I have seen, and I wondering therefore if I have a "cheaper" version of the std chimney structure if such a thing existed.
So apologies for the long post, but hopefully it gets my query across. I do have a chimney sweep coming in a few weeks to check out the chimney, and maybe he can advise me, however I would like to get the fireback removed before then so I would appreciate any advice you have.
Thanks a lot.
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