Hi guys, I wonder if anyone can help? I've had two lots of separate advice (therefore quotes!) on the best way to remove a chimney breast from ground & first floor in our house. We have a two downstairs rooms that we are knocking into one, thus taking out the whole wall with the chimney breast on it...it's a facing wall, not a side wall, would have originally been the back wall of the house but the kitchen is a very early extention. we also require the breast removing from the above room on the first floor, again, originally would have been the back wall. Builder 1 says gallows brackets will suffice Builder 2 says gallows brackets won't suffice, and the upstairs room will require a steel which will be tricky to install Like I said, we have a Victoria semi which has a very early ground & first storey - kitchen and bathroom - Builder 2 said that the doorway to the upstairs bathroom must have been cut through the original chimney breast, although as far as I can see this upstairs doorway is in line with the downstairs chimney breast alcove - is that the same thing? I have no idea. We are having an architect/engineer come round on Thursday to do calculations for building regs.. My question - and bear in mind I have no building expertise so this will probably sound like an absolutely idiotic question: Shall I raise with him the builder's queries or shall I just leave him to draw his own conclusions? Any advice greatly appreciated, thanks.