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    I don't know where to put this query. My wife and I have started talking about removing the old stove alcove in our Queenslander. The previous owners renovated and changed the old kitchen into a bedroom and installed a gallery style kitchen in the back verandah (after they built it in). Inside the bedroom, the stove alcove has been turned into shelves which I thought is quite smart. However, from the outside, it looks UGLY as it sticks out and looks nasty. We are considering removing the stove alcove and turn it into a window. Just wondering if anyone knows whether this is a DIY job or does it need a builder, or knows how much it may cost. From the outside it looks heavy so I would assume it will take some effort to remove. Any suggestion is much welcomed!

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    We had one on our house when I was growing up and we called it a "stove recess" and it was made of corrugated iron with a vent on top but when my parents got enough money the tin recess was gone and the kitchen was extended.

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    A picture or 3 would help. Everything can be a DIY job depending on skills.
    I remember when TV were heavy and they advertised "Portable" TVs ... one customer comes in the shop and asks ... Is this TV portable? The answer was ... "depends on your muscles."

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    From the outside it looks heavy

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    there are a couple of threads on removing brick fireplaces - not dissimilar with effort and issues.
    usual issues are:

    • making the floor good - so it doesn't look like a fireplace lived there
    • have a look where it goes through the roof space as often structural timbers are attached and more roofing will be required

    yours sounds like it is part inside and part outside? which is what I have usually found.

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    Brick fireplace ?

    Removing them is easy.
    rimg0203.jpg

    Its the cleanup that is the hard part
    rimg0207.jpg

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    This is the type that were on the old Queenslanders. Ours from memory was curved and had no window.
    stove-recess.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by droog View Post
    Brick fireplace ?

    Removing them is easy.


    Its the cleanup that is the hard part
    That's flash, the last one I did was with a rope, tied to the tow ball and took off, they don't offer much resistance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bros View Post
    This is the type that were on the old Queenslanders. Ours from memory was curved and had no window.

    when a pic is worth a 1,000 words

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    A small piece of semtex from the inside would make quick work of that abomination

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    This is what it looks like 1300 width, 1900 tall.
    img_20200928_215136.jpgimg_20200928_215149.jpgimg_20200928_215339.jpg

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    I agree it certainly looks ugly. Those things were never part of the structure just a addition on the side so I cant see why you cant do it yourself.

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    Looks easy.
    Try to source some cladding that matches and a bit of stud material. Once you take away the metal exterior it will become obvious how to fix the hole remaining.
    You need a drop saw and ear muffs, the rest are common hand tools.

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    I can see that converted to a bay window.
    "A big boy did it and ran away"

    Legal disclaimer denying responsibility to be inserted here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baileyboy View Post
    ... From the outside it looks heavy so I would assume it will take some effort to remove. Any suggestion is much welcomed!
    looks pretty straightforward to take apart bit by bit.
    then you will have a hole to fill - maybe a window as you suggested.

    I would wait to see what is left after removal but I am thinking a taller window depending on the outlook.
    sometimes it is easier to put in something bigger than the hole than try and match outside/inside cladding etc.

    other alternatives include laundry shute, outside staircase, Juliette balcony...

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    Good ideas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by toooldforthis View Post
    Juliette balcony...
    Mate of mine built one for his elderly mother and I never knew it had a proper name

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