I'm about to move house.
In the kitchen, the chimney breast has been removed by the previous owner. In the bedroom on the floor above, the chimney is still in situ.
In the lounge and bedroom above that, another chimney is in place.
I am wondering about removing all of these fireplaces/chimney breasts.
Has anyone done this before? Is it DIY able? I am assuming you just knock it out with a sledge hammer, or these days a powerful sds drill? Do you need to support the surrounding area with props whilst doing this?
We had one removed when I was a child and I remember it being very messy, which is why I thought I might do it now, before I moved in properly.
Do I get a structural engineer to have a look first to make sure the chimney is not load bearing? How would I find a good one: yellow pages?
There is a gas fire in the lounge. I'm not sure whether to keep it. I'm not sure whether that uses the chimney as a flue, so that's something for me to think about. I am tempted to lose the fire and just use the central heating.
What does the group think?