Removing walls and chimney
Hi this is my first post I love my home and want to remove the wall from the living room to hall and remove the metal flue and open the area where the doors were to the dining room does anyone know if this is easy to do and will it be expensive Thank you
Hi Race and welcome to our forums.
Let's split your question into two parts to keep it simple.
A) Removing the dividing stud partition wall between the living room and the hall.
This dividing wall is quite a simple wall to remove and it should be within the ability of a good DIYer.
The wall itself is non load bearing and constructed from simple timber studs. It is usually lined with either, plasterboard, hardboard or even fibreboard, which should be very easy to remove.
Before you start any work, you should establish if there are any electrical wires or central heating pipes running through the wall. If present, these will need to be isolated or removed safely. In the majority of BISF homes, there is usually a light switch located on this wall, near to the door. This switch and any other power sockets if present, can be removed or re-sited if required.
Remember to turn off the electricity at the fuse board (or at the specific trip switch if you have one), before starting work. Always consult a qualified electrician if you do not have the appropriate knowledge or training to deal with electrical circuits or a plumber for the pipework.
If there are no central heating pipes present, then the next step would be to remove the outer wall board. Once removed, you will be left with an exposed wall as shown below.
In the above image you can see that the light switch and associated wiring is still present. on the left of the door. You can also see a radiator thermostat valve still in situ on the near the bottom right of the door frame.
The next step would be to remove the wall boards from the hall side of the wall.Once all wall boards have been removed from both sides of the wall, you should be left with a simple wooden frame. The frame can now be easily dismantled using basic hand tools. In some properties, the timber floor plate is bolted down to the floor. If present, this can be removed with an angle grinder.
One the framework has been removed, you may need to undertake some repair work to the ceiling, where the ceiling stud was situated, as sometimes there is no plasterboard present under this top beam.
All in all, it shouldn't take very long at all to remove this wall. It actually takes longer to isolate and re-site the wiring and pipe work, than it does to remove the wall itself.
If central heating pipes are present, the system will need to be drained and the defunct pipework capped off if the radiator is not going to be re-sited. This again is quite simple for a competent DIY enthusiast.
Let me know if you foresee any complications with your property and if you do choose to undertake this task, it would be great if you take and share some photographs with us of the project.
Question B) flue and chimney removal.
We have several articles and posts that already relate to this question. I've provided a few links below for you.