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Question DetailsAsked on 5/17/2013

How much dos it cost to remove a fireplace.

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A bit more detail would help - I presume you mean a fireplace and chimney, not just a fireplace, or do you mean hearth and firebox and mantle without removing chimney, or a self-contained free-standing wood stove ? One-story or two-story, one or two fireboxes, etc ? Also, why do you want to remove it ?

Not knowing your situation, here is a very rough shot assuming is in upper story, single firebox, 1940's or later construction, located on outside wall. Obviously you need quotes from several contractors to get it into a closer range for your case, because your physical configuration would make a lot of difference. If you can answer back with more details, maybe one of the contributing contractors can provide a more accurate second opinion.

1) Free-standing wood stove, direct-vent (air intake and exhaust metal ducting directly out the wall behind it), without flooring refinishing or replacement where it sat - probably $250 including a non-decorative covering over the holes in the wall. Probably more like $400-500 if you want repair of holes in walls with more than painted drywall on the inside (painting patch only, not entire room repainted for exact match) and a metal cover plate on the outside of the duct holes. Could run $1000+ if difficult access to get it out, or fancier wall detailing to match, or complete wall repaints needed to match.

2) If a "ready-set" or similar all metal fireplace (fake brick or stone firebox and hearth) with external "bump-out" duct race, stainless steel duct "chimney", and metal fake brick chimney above roof, essentially tacked onto the outside of the house - maybe $800-1500, depending on if they can reuse the sheathing and siding from the bumpout to cover the open area in the wall left after removing the bump-out, and on how much roof patching and shingle replacement is needed after the metal chimney is removed. Assuming simple drywall or economic wood panelling on the interior, and standard siding material (not stone, brick, or fancy siding).

3) Brick or stone chimney - probably $1500-3000, depending on how much wall and roof is involved (i.e. mostly outside of building or mostly inside of building envelope).

4) Unless you want the slight added floorspace for dancing or large parties or something, I do wonder why you want to remove it - generally a chimney is considered an asset when you sell a house, except with true stone or brick in high-seismic areas. What I would advise, since removal would not gain you any significant floor space (maybe 18 square feet or so) and would be "lost" money (you get little new in exchange for it), is to have a finish carpenter non-destructively metal cap the chimney duct (to keep bugs/birds/rain/snow out), build you a removeable but tightly sealed insulated decorative insert for the firebox opening (for energy conservtion), and non-destructively conceal the hearth with a wood "window seat". I imagine that could be done for about $400-800, and would leave the fireplace usable in the future by simply uncapping it and removing the insert and seat. This sort of project you could probably do yourself if you are at all home handy.

I have seen one house where they did this, but instead of the seat concept, they used the hearth as the base for a full-height modular display case sitting on the hearth and completely enclosing the fireplace and mantle area, with shallow knick-knack and plate rail depth display shelves in front of the firebox area, carved wood facade zero-depth panel in front of the mantle, and full-depth display shelves and gun rack above the mantle. If you do this, be sure to put something like carpet or carpet padding under the case so it bears evenly on the hearth stones and does not crack them or distort the case.

I also once saw in a homes magazine where they put in an insulated and weatherstripped press-fit insert to seal the firebox, pulled up the hearth flagstones (leaving the sides and front intact) and converted the hearth into a big toybox, then above that built a free-standing doll house about a foot deep from hearth to mantle that was only fastened to the hearth enough to not fall over, and then a locking glass-fronted doll display case above the mantle. Of course, that presumes your living room is normally the playroom, like ours was.

However, there are lots of possible cover-ups that could really cut cost, give you something new for your money, and preserve the fireplace - tapestries or hanging quilts, wine racks, artwork display panels, artistically painted wrap-around panelled facade on light-weight wood frame, artistic tri-fold doors, beaded curtain, fake window with outside view picture behind it, a giant 1960's lighted moving picture Coors Beer display ad, 120 inch flat screen TV (at only about $100,000-200,000), etc.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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we have a firplace in the basement of out home that extends upstairs to the roof. downstairs is a wood burning fireplace the externtds upstairs that houses a pellet stove. Both sit in near center of the large rooms, making it very hard to place furniture around.



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