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Designing and adding a chimney to a house is a home improvement that you should take your time to think over. Traditional chimneys are largely obsolete, and adding one to a completed property is very unlikely to add value. A chimney that rises up through your property will also take take up floor space on every storey. Depending on the size, it could also form an ugly eyesore that you will struggle to decorate over. Having said that, features like wood burning stoves can be popular in some parts of the UK, and installing a purpose made flue rather than a full chimney unit is much more realistic.
Any chimney attached to a property must comply with UK Building Regulations. This will determine the chimney’s necessary specifications regarding flue size, insulation, location and access for inspection, as well as other factors. Building regulations will also determine what safety features will be necessary, such as carbon monoxide detectors. Depending on the type of chimney that you want designed or installed, your project may also require planning permission.
When designing your chimney, take your time and look at all of your options. It may be surprising, but chimneys and flues can come in a variety of materials, including stainless steel, pumice, clay, concrete, plastics and ceramics. At the same time, it can be a bad idea to have your chimney or flue stand out unnecessarily. For the sake of your decor, you may prefer to have your designer hide it out of sight as much as possible.
A structural engineer or fireplace specialist will be required to assess your property and decide on the most appropriate chimney design before your project can begin. Carefully check the past projects and customer reviews of your tradesmen before accepting any quotes: you will want to be sure that they do structurally safe and competent work at every stage of design and construction.
The cost of designing or constructing a new chimney will vary depending on the size of the project. Whatever the size, it will not be cheap: to give you a clue, installing a flue for a wood burning stove can cost around £2,500 to £3,000 on average. Constructing a full traditional style chimney on a property could easily cost tens of thousands!