Bring your fireplace design up to snuff with this makeover lowdown

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Project: Remodeling a fireplace wall.

Why: Replacing a fireplace wall is mostly an aesthetic choice, but besides pleasing you now, an updated fireplace can also can add resale value.

Who to hire: Someone with plenty of experience remodeling fireplaces is recommended if the job is more than just drywalling or plastering.

Brick fireplaces are the most popular to replace. A quick and easy solution is to simply wrap the brick in either tile or wood, leaving the exposed brick for the firebox. It’s a more updated look that’s one of the least expensive. And that way the brick will remain beneath the new material in case a future home buyer prefers brick.

Length of project: A standard drywall installation with mantel and surround can be completed in two days. A custom mantel or more extensive ductwork or electrical installation can take five or six weeks.