No, you do not require planning permission to remove a chimney breast, however you will need to submit a building notice to your local councils building control department advising them of the intended work to be carried out. On completion of the work and inspection from a qualified building inspector you will receive a certificate confirming that the work meets local building regulations.
Yes, you should inform your neighbour in the form of a party wall notice before beginning any work on the party wall. Download a template of our party wall notice and modify with your particular details.
You will normally receive this between 2 to 4 weeks after the building inspection although this can be issued more quickly in cases where the sale or purchase of a house is dependent on a building control certificate.
We are committed to making sure that the building inspector passes any work that we carry out and will correct any work which the building inspector is not entirely happy with.
We provide an “All-In-One” service which includes the entire building control process, from making and submitting the building notice application, to arranging the building inspection and providing a certificate confirming that the work meets local council building regulations.
Yes. Our “All-In-One” service includes the hiring of skips and the disposal of all rubble and waste
Yes. Unless you have specifically asked us not to, we will bond the wall and skim the whole wall across so that it is ready for decorating.
Yes. We always aim to leave your home as we found it.
Absolutely. Unless the entire chimney is removed from the ground to above the roof line, chimney support in the form of gallows brackets or RSJ’s will be required to support the chimney above.
The safety of your family and anyone else living in your home will be at risk not to mention the potential costly damage caused to your property as a result of an unsupported or incorrectly supported chimney.
We often work on Saturdays to help accommodate clients who need work completed as quickly as possible however we do not generally work on Sundays.
We fit both gallows brackets and RSJ support. If you’re not sure what type of support you require in your home, just give us a call and advise you on this.
Gallows brackets are very safe if fitted correctly and in some cases are more suitable than RSJ’s. Fitting Gallows Brackets requires specialist knowledge and is not something that just any builder can do. Many of our clients are builders who do not have the knowledge or experience when it comes to fitting gallows brackets or removing chimney breasts for that matter and so come to us for help.
There are a few councils which do not allow the fitting of gallows brackets support. Because of our relationship with local councils however and our expertise in the field and depending on your specific circumstances, we are often given permission to fit gallows brackets by gallows brackets by councils you on initial enquiry do not allow gallows brackets.
Removing a chimney breast can be quite a dusty job and so carpets, floors and furniture should be protected before any work starts. Where possible, a room should be cleared minimising the possibility of dust going onto furniture and ideally new carpets rolled up and protected.
Yes, we can provide you with up to 3 references for recent work we have completed and if possible in your local area.
It all depends on the type of job and how many chimney breasts or supports are required.
Yes, we have full-liability insurance which covers any work we do.
We are generally booked up for a 2 week period however this depends on the time of the year. Give us a call and I’m sure we can fit you into a work schedule.
We generally start at 8am but we are flexible and can start a little later if necessary.
In most cases the answer is yes. You will however need to get permission from your neighbour if it is a shared chimney stack and permission from your council if your house is in a conservation area.
We generally ask for the first payment just prior to the start date of the work. This can be anytime during the day.
In terms of adding value, the extra square footage gained from removing chimney breasts (as with loft conversions and extensions) is the best way to add value to your home. Unlike Extensions and Loft conversions however, the cost to remove chimney breasts is far less and the work does not require planning permission. The square footage gained by removing a chimney breast can be used to fit larger beds, larger sofas, and additional kitchen units and applications,fitted wardrobes in bedrooms and other furniture.