Removing a chimney breast is often a choice homeowners make when they want to create more space in their home. If you are considering removing your chimney breast, it’s important to know there are regulations to consider during the renovation process.
If you are planning to remove an internal chimney breast at ground and/or first floor you most likely don’t need to remove the external stack. This means that you won’t have to alter the roof or external appearance of your property, which is good if you’re on a tighter budget. However, as you will only be removing parks of the chimney breast, this will need to be supported. This is when you will need the expertise of a structural engineer. They will come to assess your property an calculate the type of steel beam that you will need to keep your building structurally sound, once the chimney breast has been removed.
If the chimney and the stack are all fully removed, including above roof level, there should be no need for extra structural supports, which your structural engineer can confirm.
How much does it cost to remove a chimney breast?
The cost of removing the chimney breast varies, and is this part of a larger project or not? It is recommended you budget at least £5,000.
Other factors you might need to consider when removing a chimney breast – depending on the rest of your build project include:
Planning Permission to Remove a Chimney Breast
Building Regulations for Removing a Chimney Breast
Party Wall Act (England and Wales)
If you are looking for a professional structural engineer to help you with a chimney breast removal project, give us a call today on 01277 554 147 or complete the form on our contact page.
If you are planning to build an extension, you will likely need to request planning permission. If so, your neighbours will be notified by post. Councils usually provide a public consultation period of 21 days from the date of the notice for people to give feedback or challenge the application. It’s not unusual for a neighbour to take issue with a home extension and attempt to stop you from shaping your home the way you’d like. So in short, yes your neighbour can block extension plans?
Structural engineers are primarily concerned with designing and constructing buildings and structures that are safe and capable of withstanding the elements to which they will be exposed, as well as improving the structural integrity of existing buildings. The job is very closely related to that of civil engineer.