Learn more about masonry projects— big and small.
In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook uses manufactured block to create an attractive retaining wall.
Mason Mark McCullough helps a homeowner solve an issue with a crumbling sandstone veneer on their front steps, improving the safety and curb appeal of their home.
Mason Mark McCullough shows host Kevin O’Connor some common issues with brick chimneys and how to repair them.
This Old House Mason Mark McCullough shows a homeowner how to breathe new life into their outdoor brick and stone pizza oven.
Mason Mark McCullough teaches us everything we need to know about sealing, protecting, and beautifying masonry surfaces.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough demonstrates a way to whitewash brick with masonry materials
We show you how to fill a hole in a brick wall with mortar, matching bricks, and tools you can rent.
This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook explains masonry materials and then shows how to pour a concrete slab
Fixing a fractured foundation with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough installs a dry well for a homeowner with drainage issues in his backyard.
Ask This Old House Mason Mark McCullough helps a homeowner identify the culprit behind her cracking, front brick steps, and then repoints them using the correct material.
House One editor and DIY Expert Jenn Largesse walks us through the process of building a retaining wall in her backyard.
It’s hard not to love the look of exposed brick, but not everyone is lucky enough to have it in their home. Don’t worry; you can mimic the look with these tips.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough tells us the story of how he got started in the trade he loves.
Ever wondered how exactly bricks are made? From ingredients to color, mason Mark McCullough explains how bricks are made and what makes them unique.
Ask This Old House mason, Mark McCullough, helps a homeowner update her concrete block, wood burning fireplace with a stacked stone veneer and a slab of stone.
Brick is incredibly durable and can last a very long time, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with the same old look for eternity. You can stain your brick surfaces for a new, fresh look, and we’ll show you how.
Replacing crumbling, missing mortar with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva
Concrete projects can be tough work. While there isn’t much you can do about the labor, you can lighten the load on your wallet by making your own concrete mix. The process is simple, and you can tailor your mix for perfect results.
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva saves a crumbling mortared-rock foundation wall
Mason Mark McCullough teaches Kevin O’Connor how to patch holes in a tough surface.
We rounded up our best retaining wall ideas so you can plan your DIY landscaping project.
Cutting granite for kitchen countertops whether indoors or outdoors—is a DIY-able job. But there are some caveats to consider before getting started.
Trowel concrete resurfacer over your worn walkway, and you'll have a brand new, durable surface with uniform color. Before you get started, check out this how-to video on working with concrete.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough explains how to match mortar for repointing jobs
Brick is an incredibly durable and long-lasting material. But if you need to hang a picture or mount a shelf to a brick wall, the usual methods can make the job seem impossible.
Ask This Old House Mason Mark McCullough explains how stone edges are cut to fit into a wall and how to integrate those cuts seamlessly with the rest of the stone wall.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough visits Milwaukee to teach a homeowner how to repoint brick
At the This Old House Season 42 project, the Seaside Victorian Cottage, Mason Mark McCullough shows us how Polycor’s natural stone elements increased curb appeal and brought new life to the backyard. To learn more, visit hardscapes.polycor.com.