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Homebuyers seek to swap chimney for French doors

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Q: My husband and I are in escrow on a home that has an old fireplace. We had it inspected by a professional who has a good reputation for restoration. The report came back that it is in hazardous condition and requires removal or major renovation. Removal is our preference.

It is on an exterior wall of the living room that would be better suited to having French doors in its place.

Neither of us has a problem with getting physical in removing the fireplace, but what harm to the house (or ourselves) are we in danger of getting into?