I'm looking at a prospect that has a fireplace chimney that's separating from the house. It has pulled away 2 inches at the top, towards the roof. It has some issues that'll need repairing, along with the separation issue. The house has central heat, so I'm considering removing the chimney above the roofline, repairing the roof, and just having it as ornamental inside. It looks nice inside, but isn't necessary to warm the house. I've never dealt with a fireplace before. Thoughts??
Ideas on what this might cost to repair?
If it hasn't separated from the actual house your plan will work. If it is pulling away from the house the chimney should be ripped down and the exposed areas sided
The first house I ever restored had the same issue and I was adamant about keeping that chimney for its aesthetic value. The chimney was essentially ratcheted back to the house and then tied into the rafters. I would talk to an engineer before doing anything like this though.
UPDATE: I did get this house, and wound up taking over 1/2 the chimney off, and closing it off. We painted the house 2 toned, and the 2 colors go across it, making it almost invisible. Now the house is up for sale. The new owner can opt to put in a gas insert, or just keep it as ornamental, since it's attractive.
Thanks for you input everyone!
Have any before and after pictures?
Many apologies for not posting pictures before now. It turned out great, the house sold quickly, and I've flipped another one in the meantime.
I have to discover how to share pics from my iPhone.
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