Ashes to Ashes: Chimney Removal Prior to Lift


HOUSE LIFT: Project started with removing the chimney

Basement view: Mechanicals still in place
Basement view: Mechanicals still in place

During a prior renovation, we relocated the furnace and hot water tank to an attic space above our garage.

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Mechanicals removed – Chimney BEFORE

Today marks the official start of our “operation house lift” project. It has been almost a YEAR in the making with many details, reports, surveys, blueprints, and bids to sort through. The planning phase has been very involved and tedious.

The “first” step involved (and by first, I mean of the actual construction phase) is to remove the internal chimney that used to vent our hot water tank (not the chimney for the fireplace). This internal chimney must be removed prior to elevating the house because, in our instance, we will not be utilizing it any longer. IF we were planning to keep it, they would have to cut it from the concrete slab in our basement, provide extensive support while the house is lifted, and then rebuild the lower portion once the lift was completed.

Our situation is also a rather involved task requiring a patch to the roof, a patch to the attic floor, opening up the walls of the second floor and opening up the walls of the kitchen – all to gain access to the chimney that needs to be taken apart piece by piece. It would be great if you could remove a few pieces and the rest of the chimney would fall down into the basement, sort of like the children’s game “Don’t Break the Ice,” but that is not how it works as my contractor has assured me.

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Chimney: AFTER

The entire basement will be backfilled. There is no need to ever have a basement in a floodplain.

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