I am planning on opening up a chimney breast to allow me to use the dead space for our TV. Plan is to remove the brickwork from the front of the chimney breast from the floor up to a height of 1.2m. Once opened I will use a wall bracket with an extending arm, fitted to the internal wall of the chimney breast, and this will hold the TV flush with the front surface of the chimney breast. Beneath the TV I will a couple of shelves to put the DVD player etc. on.
I would imagine that I should put a lintel supporting the top half of the remaining chimney breast, and I was thinking of putting a board above the TV to seal off the chimney. I'll put holes in the board for ventilation and fit a filter on top to stop dust from dropping onto the TV and into the living room.
Are there any other considerations, and what type of lintel should I use (chimney breast is 1.2m across)?
Thanks in advance!