Removing hearth from 1st floor bedroom

Discussion in 'Builders' Talk' started by sevenupcan, May 13, 2024.

  1. sevenupcan

    sevenupcan New Member

    I have a hearth on our first floor bedroom that I'm hoping to remove to I can pass a vent through it from below. We had the fireplace surround removed a few years ago, the chimney still remains.

    However while I was removing the concrete I discovered there are two small L beams positioned diagonally in the middle of the concrete. My guess is that they are there to support the weight of the concrete as there was nothing below, just plasterboard.

    https://ibb.co/5hgxLXZ

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    Has anyone seen this before? The beams do not join to the joist so I'd like to know if these would be ok to cut back?

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    https://ibb.co/413cYbD

    Secondly there is a piece of timber that connects perpendicular to the joists that surrounds the chimney breast. My guess is this supports the the joists either side of the fireplace and can't be removed or drilled into. Can anyone offer any advice on this? The joists in the room run parallel to the chimney breast.

    Your thoughts are welcome! Thank you.
     

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