Does anyone else watch 'Rehab Addict'?
I'm hooked on this show! Nicole Curtis renovates these older homes in Minneapolis...and she does an amazing job. She brings old homes back to life, without adding a huge addition on the back or tearing down walls to make a great room.
This latest season, she actually bought a home for a dollar (yes, $1) that was going to be torn down. She had to lift the entire home up and rebuild the foundation, which meant the chimney had to be completely torn out. She salvaged the bricks and used some to rebuild a little corner fireplace in the living room. It had been covered up with sheet rock (so no flue) but even as a decorative element, it really brought some character back into the space.
There's a bunch of episodes on DIY today, but here's a link to the last episode, with the fireplace. The first two minutes are free on all the episodes (and there's a quick clip of the fireplace). There's also free episodes (from earlier seasons) on DIY and HGTV started showing some, too.
Here is a link that might be useful: LInk to episodes