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Question DetailsAsked on 11/6/2014

What is the cost to have a brick fp & chimney removed from a 1-story house, repair walls, floor & foundation?

There is no footing for the fireplace and I'm not sure if the foundation needs to be repaired or "shored up" with the stem wall, but a contractor did tell me that it does. Also the bid must include costs for hauling and cleanup. The wall, of course, will need to be framed, insulated, with drywall installed on the interior, rough-cut cedar (still available at New Home Builders) on the exterior. The interior floor will need to be repaired, but just the sub-floor since I intend to rip up the carpet and install another surface.

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Here are links to a few prior similar questions that might help you, though of course each situation is unique.

As to whether the foundation needs shoring up - the chimney should not have been supporting the foundation or house (though house foundation might have been supporting the chimney), so unless the foundation in that area is damaged it should not (normally) need work, though depending on how chimney was built sometimes its removal would leave a gap in the foundation stemwall that would have to be filled in with reinforced stemwall - maybe that is what he meant. For a second opinion on that (probably about $250) you would need an on-site consultation with a structural engineer - so depending on how much the contractor is talking about, might be cheaper to just have him do it. Also, if chimney foundation pad (perhaps integral with foundation for house) sticks out into the basement and you anticipate ever finishing the basement into a full room, now would be the time to cut that back to the foundation strip footing so it does not protrude into the future room.

As for the reframing and siding - sounds like you are, VERY roughly, probably in the $1000-2000 range - toward lower end of range for simple framing and siding and subfloor patch, higher end if any framing difficulties, simple foundation fill-in or repair needed, etc.

Your Search the List categeory would be Remodeling - General Contractor.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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