Installing Decorative Fireplace - Do BR Still Apply
Posted 13 November 2013 - 03:37 PM
My plan is to lay an MDF board on the joists, add some temporary sides and fill it with concrete to create a constructional hearth, the slate hearth will then be laid on top of this. Obviously this is in conflict with Building regualtions if it was to be a working fire place, but as it is not will this be ok?
Posted 13 November 2013 - 03:50 PM
the regs will not apply.
Posted 13 November 2013 - 04:27 PM
Posted 13 November 2013 - 05:01 PM
Posted 13 November 2013 - 05:04 PM
Whether you feel any moral obligation to future owners is up to you.
Posted 13 November 2013 - 05:33 PM
Where forum advice is concerned, I work on the principle that if there's any doubt advise they check it out - unless there's a regulation somewhere that covers any instance specifically.
Edited by joiner, 13 November 2013 - 05:33 PM.
Posted 13 November 2013 - 05:48 PM
Edited by joiner, 13 November 2013 - 06:31 PM.
Posted 13 November 2013 - 05:51 PM
I've had this on various occasions with more junior inspectors.
If they mistakenly ask for something which is not strictly required under Building Regulations, they sometimes fall back on the
It's then that we have to point out politely that the Council has no moral obligation to anyone,
only a legal duty to enforce the regulations.
Posted 13 November 2013 - 05:54 PM
Edited by joiner, 13 November 2013 - 06:32 PM.
Posted 13 November 2013 - 06:40 PM
Brick-up the flue and type out the indemnity NOW. Then, having guaranteed a toe on the moral high ground, you won't need to worry about forgetting to do it when you sell on.
Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:02 PM
And you are thinking of hacking a bit off a joist that's supporting his ceiling.
Should there not be something akin to a party wall agreement before doing this?
Personally I would but in a stone decorative hearth and use a raised stove that does not need a constructional hearth, i.e one that's rated to stand directly on a flammable surface.
Posted 13 November 2013 - 09:39 PM
Final question - how to I permanently brick up the chimney breast but still have a fireplace installed, i.e. brick up the inside of it. Or is there an easier way, loads and loads of expanding foam? ;-)
Posted 13 November 2013 - 10:15 PM
Use an Ellis board or cement board and intumescent silicone to form a closure plate.
Anyone who breaks through that to light a fire isn't your responsibility right now. Fit an electric feature fire if you want to have a heat source. You can get some really nice effect ones.