I have been meaning to post a photo for a long time. I am not what you'd call a skilled laborer, so I am proud of how lovely our hearth is, because we built and tiled it ourselves. The tiles we bought mostly in Turkey and Mexico. It was a tricky job because the tiles are many different sizes, plus I had never done anything with ceramic tile before. The hearth is quite high up, so that mucking about with the fire doesn't involve bending over except to pick up the wood underneath. Storage for 2.5 - 3 days of wood underneath the hearth. We sometimes use the hearth like a table when we aren't burning.