Hi guys, I am considering removing a fireplace from a two-story townhome. Here in the SF Bay area it seems like every time it's cold enough to use, the AQMD declares a "spare the air" day and I can't have a fire anyway
So, here's the question. My living room / dining roon is basically a rectangle. The fireplace juts out from the wall roughly in the middle of the combined space, facing the living room area, to divide the two rooms.
Here's a nothing like to scale sketch...
And here's a photo....
Since this sticks out like this, is it likely that the outer corners of the surround will be load bearing, or are they most likely just a frame for the drywall around the chimney? I know I'll need to cut into it to see for sure, but if the majority of the 'educated guesses' are that they're likely to be load bearing, I'll just shelve the idea right away.