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    A new recess has been formed and the messy part is now out of the way. Then there was lots of plastering required on the chimney breast and in the hole. The first is painting the alcoves a different colour to the rest of the room. Builder says he can't make a decision- something about it needing to be signed off... OK - firstly - your builder isn't very helpful - he could do this all for you! Using an SDS … What sold the property to us in the first place were the period features, the deep alcoves and wide chimney breasts. If the room has a suspended wood floor with air bricks round the outside of the house, then a simple floor grille cut into the floorboards to one side of the hearth or chimney breast is a good solution. It would need a lintel obviously (there is one now).... We have just done this as part of a bigger project (knocking wall down between kitchen and dining room) so can't tell you how much that part cost.We had to remove the existing lintel as it was too low. If you were feeling really creative you could do it in herring bone. If you're looking for chimney breast ideas and alcove ideas, you've come to the right blog! It's about waist high with a woodburning stove in the space as it is. I do know that the chimney is steel lined as there was a previous back boiler but I was expecting there to be masonry / block before that. Message deleted by MNHQ. Today at 8:30 AM #1 Hi All I am about to core drill into our masonry chimney to enable power leads etc to feed through to hide wires from a tv which will be wall mounted. The first I’d be thinking about is positioning seasoned logs within the opening of the chimney breast for rustic charm. There were builders in the basement flat, doing something. noddy's got her goggles and ear protectors on. I am using a cordless drill, set on the hammer setting. To cut chicken breast into strips, use a sharp chef’s knife that’s at least 8 to 10 inches long. If you're adamant you want chimney breast storage but you don't have the budget to get something built bespoke, freestanding furniture can look incredible and provide you with permanent or temporary storage space that's easy to change up or move elsewhere in the room when you fancy a change. Now mark out the opening to the size you want and where the lintel is to be situated[which will be just above the opening],cut out ONLY the area where the lintel is going to sit. Chimney & Masonry Services Not hours later, the whole place fell down. My local council...... is this slightly OTT? If you're laying a hearth for example, make sure it doesn't extend too far into the centre of the room, keep it narrow, so you have … hebe - was it a shared chimney breast and how much wider did you make the opening? Moral of the story - go with your instincts - it's all you've got when it comes to it. Right, so who should I get in to tell me what's what? In my experience if you see a picture like anything below then in 98% plus of cases there is a larger firepla… The TV bracket can be mounted on the original wall of the fireplace. The joists are working with me but the chimney breast is on the party wall and there are constraints such as lecky, CH pipes and the two kitchen windows, doorway etc. The weight of the small area you are removing will be redistributed and carried easily. If you're laying a hearth for example, make sure it doesn't extend too far into the centre of the room, keep it narrow, so you have more walking space. If you have a chimney (a proper chimney stack) but do not have a recess suitable for even the smallest of solid fuel stoves then you will very likely be looking at an open fire, gas fire, electric fire, little hole in the wall or a boarded/bricked up recess. The main this is it's a huge mess - the actual flue inside is actually only held in with lots of rubble - so it all comes tubbling down. It is a shared chimney. To use this feature subscribe to Mumsnet Premium - get first access to new features see fewer ads, and support Mumsnet. Homeowners look into having the breast wall removed to free up more living space. Here we've been able to maximise worktop space elsewhere in the room, and make a real feature of the chimney breast. The very first job I worked on many years ago was the case of a converted old house with about 3 or 4 floors, all owned / occupied by different people. Also consider painting your walls, shelves and skirting all one colour to give the illusion of one large space. Thread starter Yellowjelly; Start date Today at 8:30 AM; Tags chimney breast; Y. Yellowjelly Novice Member. I need to ask DP - we've done it in our 1930s house. Thinking two options if not ducting up the chimney but its tight in the ceiling and I really need 5'' min ducting, round or rectangular. noooody? Your front lead apron will need to be cut into a mortar course of your brick or stone chimney so when cutting your apron you will need to work out which mortar course you are going to fix into. We commissioned a local carpenter to design us the ultimate chimney breast storage plan. Here's how to repair a leaking roof and chimney stack: Durable, long-lasting lead … Remove the skirting board in front of the fireplace, either by taking the whole thing off the wall or making a cut on either side of the fireplace and removing a section. To find this opening, remove the airbrick or ventilation vent, or take out two bricks about 30cm above the floor. Grilles must have a sufficient free open area. you need noddy holdershe's always swinging a sledge hammer around, knocking stuff out. Second moral of the story - don't mess around with chimney breasts unless you definately know what you are doing.Third moral of the story - if your cupboard doors or doors or windows won't close when they always did before - then think very hard about it. It is shared only in that our neighbour's chimney breast is back to back with ours but they are separate iyswim.Ours was completely bricked up before we opened it up - the range cooker sat in front of it. Thank you - that sounds similar to the chimney breast I am looking at. And that's true to an extent. Commonly, the sketch to the left presents what you need we installing a wood burner into an existing chimney. In this case, it was that the masonry around the door frames had shifted, causing the doorways to be out of square. Again, not sure how much that cost. The action of cutting away the bricks, involves the Party Wall etc Act 1996 and as such means that the building owner will have to serve a Party Wall Notice upon the adjoining owner prior to those works commencing. Our alcove system perfectly fits our (questionably oversized!) If you want to make your chicken less slippery and easier to cut, place it in the freezer for 15 minutes. It instantly makes the room feel cosy, and works in all areas of the house, from the bedroom, dining room to the living room. Looking for a bit of advice to see if this is feasible, we are hoping to maximise space in a kitchen. Was it an expensive job and, if it was a shared chimney breast, did the work require party wall consent or would that just be for removal of chimney breast? At 2am she heard creaking and fled to her sister's house. Terms and Conditions / Privacy Policy / Contact / Work with us, 10 clever chimney breast and alcove ideas. There's different design ideas you can adopt to combat this though. ARIANA ARMCHAIR MADE.COM £399 - IMAGE: FIFI MCGEE, This post contains affiliate links, for more info look at the disclosure page. A comfy sofa and a place to relax and watch TV. We help renovators create their dream homes. The use of colour gave such good depth to the room, made it cosy to chill in, and at a time when we didn't want to invest in a lot of money in improving the flat, it was such an affordable solution. There's different design ideas you can adopt to combat this though. –ever since. Fitting a wood burning stove was one of the first jobs we did in our house after removing the chunky 30s fireplace in the living room. Anyway - as he's not going to do it - you call building control, be as precise as you can and tell them exactly what it is you want to do...they will then point you in the right direction and the next steps to take. It's also a job you can do your self with a masonry drill and cold chisel. I did my own chimney breast at home using 300x300mm slate, cut down into 50mm strips and then random lengths. And that's true to an extent. For when you're truly strapped for cash and need a quick, easy way to decorate your chimney breast without a fireplace, there are lots of affordable ideas you can try. Damp patches and brown water stains on upstairs ceilings, chimney breasts and internal walls are commonly the result of leaks around the edges of chimney stacks where they meet the roof. Chimney breast walls can be quite large and intrusive, taking up a lot of square footage that could be put to better use. In the back half we have a closed off chimney breast which we initially thought about knocking down but have now decided against it to avoid losing some of the character of the room. So I expect I need to work around it. An obvious one but not to be discounted too quickly as it will add value to your property. Wise old lady. I personally adore this look – when homeowners decide to wallpaper their chimney breast with an incredible pattern instead of paint. This will give you the height you need to cut your apron to (normally about 50mm –100mm up the existing chimney). If you're the same, how about trying your hand at wallpapering a 'less important' chimney breast like the bedroom, where it's not such a big deal if your edges aren't perfect. Has anyone opened up a chimney breast (in typical Victorian house) to create opening wide and high enough for a range cooker? Well, I know removing a chimney breast is expensive because, often the joists for the floor above are built into it and, of course, you have the rest of the chimeny breast to support but keeping the side walls in and removing the front to head height shouldn't compromise the structure too much should it...? I'll ask him if you like when he's home. Your chimney breast takes a lot of space in the bedroom it can be tricky to know where to place wardrobes, the bed, chest of drawers and more. I know we've got a big mental lintel in - but then we also bashed out a wall too. Our Renovator’s Design Kit has helped many of our readers nail their layouts (it’s free, give it a try), but one of the best layout tips for tricky bedroom alcoves is to have a wardrobe each. Layout can be a headache. An interiors and renovation blog, helping you get your dream home. http://www.prolinerangehoods.com/This video demonstrates how to cut and resize a chimney for a range hood. The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice a discrete chimney extractor which is the Bosch Serie 4. Not sure if you need a struc engineer...they'd be able to tell you. I think there will only be about 10-15cm in front of the chimney breast and I would think minimum depth of a kitchen cabinet is 30cm? It was only the height we changed. If you're looking for a way to make your chimney breast a focal point using paint, there are lots of different techniques you can try. This is the rectangular recess in the chimney breast into which the fireback is fitted, which can be quite large in pre-Georgian houses but gradually reduced in size to no more than three square-feet in modest Victorian houses, and smaller still thereafter. … I know it's the outside rather than the inside that you want to do but, I'm sure it'd give a similar effect. If the joists are trimmed around the breast just start at the top and cut it back both sides as far as you need and take it right down. Aim for half the cross section of the flue as a minimum. If you're leaving the cheeks of the fireplace in then it's not too much of a problem - but they'll still probably need to certify the work. Another more affordable chimney breast idea if you don't have a fireplace, is to decorate the area with candles, lanterns, bunting and vases. Chimney breast removal involves cutting away those bricks that are bonded into the Party Wall. The brickwork on a chimney breast of a 1900s house will be solid brick (not veneer). 3. If your chimney breast is in a fairly modest size room, you might worry that adding shelves and reinstating period details like coving and fireplaces will make the space smaller. Seems a shame to not do something with it as it takes up space but someone said its about 3k to have it removed per level and there are 2 other floors above a bit. I needed the hole to be about 1.8m in height and the existing lintel was much lower. We moved in to our 1930s fixer upper in 2016 and we've been renovating it – from grantastic to fantastic! Thanks jean, will get onto building control tomorrow. Then, hold the breast with your non-dominant hand and slice the chicken across the tiny white fibers instead of parallel to them. Thanks jean that would be good. I have drilled no more than half an inch into an internal chimney breast in a bungalow and the drill will not go any further, therefore may I have hit something? To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account. Then there was lots of plastering required on the chimney breast and in the hole. This dimension will help you work out which course to cut out to accept your lead. Uncover the hearth This is the solid section of floor in front of the chimney breast. We bought a Rangemaster Kitchener 90 cooker which is gas on top and electric on the bottom, with two electric ovens it’s an incredible machine. Still no wiser on shared chimney though - sorry. 4. I have to cut out a new hole, for the tee of a new ss liner, as the old opening is not in the room, where the stove will be located. Chimney breast definition is - a part of a wall that extends out into a room to cover a chimney. One for you, one for the other half. OH - be very wary of knocking around with chimney breasts and removing very much of them. I must add that I was not part of the project but asked to assist after the event. How do you know that there is definitely a builder’s opening (fireplace) somewhere? Building control at council? A UK Interior Blog documenting the house renovation and home decoration ideas of Fifi’s 1930s semi detached. Share your tips for saving on your energy bill with ESB Energy, Toilet training expert answers questions on bathroom habits and routines, Talk widget showing discussions of the day & trending threads, Subscribe to Mumsnet emails direct to your inbox. We didn't need to do anything else though - managed to get an extractor to fit into space and had to put a liner in chimney for the extraction. Here's a link to our Talk Guidelines. They were untouched and primed for us to experiment on with different chimney breast and alcove ideas. That's why built in alcove storage like these double wardrobes either side of the chimney breast are high on our priority list when we come to renovate the final room in our house. It's not a shared chimney though - although in the last 10 yrs he's probably thwacked one down in his time! Cutting a channel, fitting trunking and replastering is eminently sensible if that's the only way to go. I hope this has given you lots of ideas for decorating your chimney breast! 15 or 30 or 45 degree elbows all can be chosen from depending on how much offset is required. They are often a mjor structural part of the house and help with its integrity. #FarrowandBall, A post shared by Farrow & Ball (@farrowandball) on Oct 23, 2019 at 1:51am PDT. Yes, we opened up a previously tiled fireplace and found the original huge opening underneath.We took a sledgehammer to the tiled part then removed the tiles which went round the lintels.You could roast an entire ox in the space. 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