The Attic Renovation: Removing the Chimney
The contractor recommended that I consider removing the chimney to help open up some floor space and allow a few more options as far as placement of the bedroom closet. Using a sledge hammer, he and an assistant knocked the chimney down to below the level of the second floor. This demolition had the following benefits:
- We were able to move the doorway for the bedroom over a couple of feet to make room for a larger closet.
- Without a chimney going through the roof, there is no longer the risk of leaks around the chimney flashing.
- Without a chimney going through the roof, there is no cold transfer into the house through the chimney brick.
- We have one less structural issue to deal with in the future, in the event of deterioration of the chimney brick.
- Removing the chimney removes an entry point for wildlife and pests.
Very few modern houses have any need for chimneys as gas furnaces, water heaters and fireplaces can be vented directly outside. Be certain your chimney is not being used for anything before you bring out the sledge hammer.
In terms of square footage, only about 4 square feet were gained. However, there was a tremendous gain in the volume of the space (multiply that 4 square feet by eight feet high).
- Problems with the attic
- Installing collar ties
- Adding the dormer
- Removing the chimney
- Wiring for the future
- Lighting and heating
- The finished product