Becky and Joe wanted the family room's fireplace to look antique, not newly built. So Tom and his team will make a surround using brick from an 1800s chimney that was torn down in the kitchen, and use a wood post from a demolished wall for the mantel.
Shown: Becky, Joe, and Tom inspect the bricks, tossing away any that are crumbling or in poor shape. They'll sort the keepers by size and color as the surround is designed. Rather than lighten the creosote and mortar staining with power washing, they plan to keep the brick's worn-in character as is.