Originally Posted by joesmithf1
thank you everyone! i appreciate the suggestions. I do want to just get rid of the bricks too, but is there a chance that those bricks are holding the chimney in place? I just don't wanna start hammering them out and the whole thing out fall over.
Maybe building over it might be a better option.
Those two columns of brick going to the ceiling certainly don't look like they're structural. I can't imagine such a long but narrow run of brick in that configuration holding anything up other than evidence of quirky interior design sense! However, that's evaluating one photo. Look at the outside of the wall and the roof, and see if there's any chance it's doing more than poluting the wall.
(Sorry, no offense meant. I just really don't like that look....