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Chimney in middle of two rooms.

Buying a house. At stage of having surveys done. Want to remove the chimney breast when we get in. Should I find out if we can before we sign and who would give me that advice. Midlands area Codsall Staffordshire area

Ypat_35 16th Mar, 2012 Architectural Services
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If you want it looking neat and tidy with no wires, firts job is to chase out the wall and run the cables for the TV and concealed plug socket behind where the TV is going. Then plaster wall, then wallpaper and finally fit bracket and TV.

Electrical Safety Services 17th Mar, 2012
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Initially you should check that the building is not grade 2 listed or above, if it is you will need listed building consent to remove and this may not be forthcoming - your vendor should know if it is listed and the local District or Borough Council planning department will be able to confirm or not. If the building is semi detached or a terrace, you will need to consider the implications that the chimney is shared, this may cause problems unless your Neighbour wishes to remove his part of the chimney stack at the same time, you will also need to comply with the "Party Wall Act". There may be other structural implications, in some older properties with central chimneys the floor joists actually load onto the chimney structure. If this is something that makes or breaks the sale, then you should contact a local surveyor or builder who would be able to clarify all these questions for you. Kind regards
Eric Marchbanks

Marchbanks Architectural Design 29th May, 2012
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