Raising the height of a chimney breast arch

Discussion in 'Building' started by adedgeorge, 22 Jun 2008.

  1. adedgeorge

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    I've found lost of information about removing chimney stacks but I wanted to know if its safe to raise the height of the chimney breast arch, leaving the stack in place?

    I have a chimney stack in the kitchen, its not in use and was open when we bought the house a number of years ago. We currently have a small fridge in the recess, however we are replacing the kitchen and would like to raise the height of the arch so we can fit a fridge freezer in the opening instead. It's currently about 2ft deep, 4ft across and 5ft high. I was thinking that I could remove a few rows of bricks and then place a lintel at the required height, about 8ft high.

    Is this possible or safe?? I would not be altering the pillars either side of the arch so are there any building regs covering this?

    Advice appreciated please :)
     
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    Yes, it's ok to do what you intend. Just make sure that everything behind the face brickwork is supported as well, though.
     
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