Want tips on removing a fireplace
We're opening up our house and want to remove a wall that has a fireplace. This will include removing the fireplace completely. The wall is not load-bearing - had an engineer inspect it already. On one side it's the fireplace, on the back side of the wall it's sheetrock enclosing the fireplace, and we want to remove the whole thing.
The house was built in late 60s. Visually, the fireplace is brick-like. Oddly, the "brick" and "Mortar" have exactly the same color...so it's either brick/mortar or simply a molded concrete thing. The "brick" goes up to the wooden mantle and stops, the wall is drywall up to the celing from there.
The hearth protrudes from the wall about 18" and is a foot high, and seems to be made from the same brick or fake brick.
The firebox is metal on five sides, with a built-in pair of fans.
Above the ceiling, in the attic, whatever it is, it's smeared on the surface with some kind of mortar or concrete, hand applied. Maybe it's concrete blocks with an added layer on top of them?
Looking down from attic toward fireplace, it's just the same concrete stuff all the way down, seemingly surrounding the firebox.
On top of the roof, the visible part of the chimney appears to be genuine brick with mortar. Some of the bricks are loose, and mortar cracked. The pipe down toward the fireplace appears to be some sort of masonry, squarish in shape about 10-12 inches across.
So, what are we in for? I'm thinking to avoid a major weight crashing down, we have to start above the roof and pound away at that exposed chimney. What are good tools to use here? My wife was thinking of Sawzall with masonry blade, but I'm thinking that'll be very slow.
Once the above-roof chimney is gone, I'm REALLY concerned about the attic work - bang away at those blocks/concrete? Where does the mess go? In the attic? Ugh. We were thinking once we get the exposed chimney off (and do roof repair), then we'll tear out the sheetrock behind the fireplace, and as we demo down, pull the mess out through that opening?
Is the fireplace front likely to come off in one piece, or do we have to bust it up?
And what is that firebox likely to weigh? Probably need an engine hoist to pull it out?
Thank you helpful folks for any insights!