Remove chimney in HOA
I live in an HOA and want to change the layout of the inside of my house. My HOA is very difficult to work with and does not like changing the appearance of the houses visually (exterior). This is a problem for me because I have a fireplace that is in the center of the main living space that is eating up lots of space. I have to replace it anyways because the insert back wall is cracked. There is a huge area of unusable counter space and extra walls surrounding the fireplace. I want to turn this area into a kitchen island and reclaim 50-75 sq ft of wasted space for my living room.
Is it possible/normal to remove the fireplace but leave the roof portion of the chimney in place? If so that would work out great and allow me to flip the living room around 180 degrees and use another wall to use for my tv. My house was built in 1997, the interior portion of the fireplace is just drywall and wood frame. The roof chimney is stucco to match the house. I am currently saving up for my remodel and plan to hire a structural engineer to evaluate the walls I want to remove.