Chimneys & Fireplaces Question

Turning fireplace into alcove

I am looking at the possibility of turning our unused fireplace into an alcove potentially for our TV. We live in a terraced house and have huge fireplace that we don't want to use as a actual fireplace and are thinking it would be a good place for our TV to save us space in what is a small room.

We keep getting soot down the chimney but no water is getting in, is it just a simple case of boarding up the hole inside the fireplace? What would be the best way to do this? From reading other comments, there is lots of talk of air ventilation and fire proof boarding - is this necessary? What would be the best materials to use? Any help is welcome :-)

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Hello when you block a chimney up its best to sweep it first to get rid of the soot then you need to put a lintel in to support the weight then you can block it off as long as it is not a working/shared chimney door,up stairs then you should cap the top with cowl so the chimney still has ventilation to breath.

Answered 5th Jul 2015


Member since 10 Mar 2015

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