To build a raised fireplace hearth, research local building codes, make a plan, install the platform and apply a noncombustible surface. Tile, stone, granite, bricks and other noncombustible surfaces are ideal for firepl... More »

Granite hearths can be built of solid granite slabs, granite tiles and natural granite stones. There are many choices of natural and manufactured granite colors and stone patterns. The granite hearth can be inlaid to be ... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance Building Materials

Some fireplace designs include hearth fireplaces, stand-alone fireplaces and modern fireplaces. Other designs of fireplaces include traditional mantels, vintage hearths, rustic impressions or even storage fireplace desig... More » Home & Garden Heating & Cooling

The proper height of a fireplace mantel depends on the height of the hearth, the size of the fireplace's fire box, and the requirements of the local building codes. In addition, the National Fire Protection Association p... More »

To build a wheelchair ramp, research local building codes, create a design, purchase the materials and construct the ramp. The point of entry, intended user, climate and aesthetics are all important factors to consider w... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance Carpentry

To find cheap houses to build, consider using a stock house plan from a home building business. Choose a plan from a reputable company that closely resembles the home you need or desire instead of building one to your ex... More » Art & Literature Architecture

Building a picnic shelter begins with laying the posts on the corners of the shelter according to the building plan. Set the wooden posts in place, either into concrete or using post anchors. Place the bottom rafters wel... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance Carpentry