I just wanted to quickly show how taking out a chimney breast can make a big difference in a space/room. This example is in my own kitchen where there was a chimney breast surrounding the stove. This took up valuable counter space as well as much wanted and usable wall space. See the difference below:
Kitchen before…with chimney breast.
Kitchen after…chimney breast removed.
As you can see, there is now 2 extra storage spaces on either side of the extractor fan as well as much more depth with the counter space. Not only that, it also gives the area a nice streamlined, clean look which is exactly what I was after! In the process we also removed the chimney breasts in the 2 rooms directly above the kitchen which made rooms that were once awkward and slightly cramped into 2 very good sized, well proportioned bedrooms. Well worth the effort!