The kitchen was my pet project, and its focal point would be the hearth. Bob did the masonry on the large walk-in fireplace and built the chimney, too, with multiple flues to serve the new oil-burning furnace as well as a woodstove upstairs. We couldn't find kitchen floor tile we liked, so we considered salvaged brick. Problem was, full-size bricks raised the floor too high. We found a stoneyard that would cut the tops off for a ¾-inch thickness, and we laid the brick in a herringbone pattern.
Shown: The stone fireplace was built from scratch. The lintel was part of the salvaged summer kitchen that was used to frame out the addition; the antique Pennsylvania long rifle was once owned by Johnny Cash.