Learn more about masonry projects— big and small.
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.
We show you how to fill a hole in a brick wall with mortar, matching bricks, and tools you can rent.
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.
Read this guide to compare four different materials and approaches to decide how to build your retaining wall.
We rounded up our best retaining wall ideas so you can plan your DIY landscaping project.
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, helps a homeowner update her concrete block, wood burning fireplace with a stacked stone veneer and a slab of stone.
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 helps a homeowner identify the culprit behind her cracking, front brick steps, and then repoints them using the correct material.
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.
Dressing up a block wall with stone-veneer panels, with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook
Stack cast-concrete blocks in a tiered pattern to give your curb appeal a hefty boost
Designing a chimney involves balancing function and aesthetics. Here are unique 9 chimney designs in shape, size, and style.
If you’re a DIYer of almost any level, chances are you’ll need to know how to drill into concrete or masonry at some point. Whether you’re mounting shelves on a cinder block garage wall, installing a window box on brick veneer or stucco, or mounting outdoor lighting onto stone, you’ll have to know how to drill into concrete.
Repointing is a simple job, but it has to be done with care, using the right tools and the right materials.
A freestanding mortared fieldstone wall blends strength with the natural look of a dry stack.
Roger Cook, landscape contractor, visits a stone yard that makes prefabricated stone walls at their facility before installing them on-site.
Turn smooth, flat stones into a whimsical outdoor accent of your own design.
We discuss how to fill and seal cracked concrete walls for a simple, permanent repair.
Touching up like a pro means using the right mortar. Lime-based putties take longer to set but they won't break bricks.
We investigate fiber-cement siding’s cost, installation, how long it lasts and what it’s made of.
Our in-house rock enthusiast, Mason Mark McCullough, has the perfect activity for families while they are at home: go on a rock scavenger hunt! Download our printable guide and start rock hunting.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough learns about how Mount Rushmore was built.