A clean, well-maintained chimney will save you money and prevent trouble—and, yes, there are parts of the job you can do yourself.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough replaces a common terra cotta hearth with slate tile.
Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, mason Mark McCullough, and carpenter Nathan Gilbert share more home inspection nightmares
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough demonstrates the best way to build a fire in order to prevent smoke from filling up the room
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough delicately restores a damaged historic fireplace that is built with custom, nearly irreplaceable bricks
Our mid-century modern gets an iconic secondary heat source
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough teaches apprentice Krysten how to reface a granite fireplace
A first-time homeowner transforms a dated brick fireplace with two cans of gray paint—and some DIY artistry
Unsightly cracked and crumbling mortar can be fixed in minutes with a few simple tools
Ask This Old House host Kevin O'Connor walks through the best options for home fireplaces
Put this living area focal point to use with these creative ideas
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner build a custom fireplace mantel
Renovating an old, unsafe chimney with an easy-to-install stainless steel liner
Add oomph to this natural focal point and bring out the beauty of the woodwork with some unexpected color
You showed dozens of your stately and inviting hearths and mantels. Now see which ones were finalists in our annual Reader Remodel Contest
A blah brick hearth gets a cheery cottage-style refresher with some clever DIY woodwork and a high-contrast paint job
Before you spark up the logs, make a clean sweep using these seven crucial fireplace safety tips
This mantel is actually made up of numerous molding profiles applied one on top of the other to create depth, shadow lines, and architectural interest. Here's a look at how the various pieces come together
Add lightweight cast stones to a make veneer fireplace surround for a fraction of the cost of the real thing.
Lightweight cast stones add rustic charm to any hearth, for a fraction of the cost of the real thing. In this video, senior technical editor Mark Powers shows how easy it is to dress up your fireplace