Best Fireplaces Before and Afters 2012

You all showed that when the weather outside is frightful, a fireplace could provide more than just heat—it can be a beautiful focal point to a room as well. Whether it was updating the mantel, adding storage, or completely installing a fireplace where there wasn’t one before, the entries in the fifth-annual Reader Remodel Contest really turned on the heat. Take a look at these top hearths, chosen by the editors at This Old House.

After you've warmed up to these fireplace redos, you can see all the entries here.
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