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Question DetailsAsked on 9/20/2017

How much does it cost to remove a fireplace, hearth and chimney in a one story house with brick and siding

one story with foundation issues and the weight of the fireplace needs to be removed.

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OK - if sinking due to foundation issues I would be worried about the rest of the house too - because properly done, chimney foundation bearing pressures are designed to be the same as the house foundation to minimize differential settlement.

Anyway, here are several previous similar questions with answers FYI - more can be found in the Home > Fireplaces link under browse Projects, at lower left. I would be thinking in the $2000-4000 range (including finishing out the gap that is left in walls and floors) for a typical external chimney (which goes up the outside wall of the house) - can easily be up to half again as much to twice that or more for one integral with the framing or interior to the house. OBviously, if the chimney is supporting part oif the framing (as was common up to about the 1950's) then it is more expensive than if the chimney is basically tacked onto the house, requiring jsut some fill-in studs and siding and such after it is removed.

Oh - BTW - depending on your basement situation and desire for recovery of basement space, it is common to leave the foundation and commonly all below-floor chimney in place to cut cost - especially in unfinished basements.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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