What better time to start a hearth build then Laborday, just three months before winter! I’m using this thread as a log and questionnaire, mainly for myself. This is primarily a hearth build but secondary, a start of our kitchen renovation. I will not be featuring any kitchen remodeling here although some things may intersect... like leveling and bracing floors, knocking down walls, and plumbing. This is a very ambitious build. The chimney will be added later on in the coming weeks and may or may not feature a build. My ETA to get the hearth completed is two weeks. Time spent mostly after work and weekend warrior’ing. We decided on this location because it’s in the center of the house. There is, or was a sink and dish washer here but we’re moving that to a kitchen island with bench area. So some things like water and drain pipes will be getting moved. This is an old New England house. We purchased not too long ago so I expect to find a lot of surprises and halfassery along the way. I’m not a carpenter but I’ve done my homework which I hope is just enough for a job well done. The stove going in I’s a Jutol F500, which I have featured here before.