The first step in building a stone fireplace is to determine where one can tap into the existing chimney and design the fireplace with plywood and two-by-fours. Then, use lag bolts to connect the frame to the existing wall. Use the trowel to spread the mortar on the backs of the stones and place them on top of the plywood framework. Some tips to follow while doing this are to work one's way up from the bottom and to chose stones that look like they fit together. The placement of the stones is a little like putting together a puzzle. The stones will say in this placement for a long time, so it is nice to take the time to fit them together in a way that is aesthetically-pleasing to the eye. Allow about a day for the mortar to dry.
A mantel is easily constructed from a one-by-eight cut to six inches longer than the width of the hearth. Doing this is as simple as centering the piece of wood and hanging it with lag bolts. A nice wood stain will add to the appearance of the mantel, into which one might also want to drill hooks for hanging Christmas stockings.
Building a fireplace is an easy way to improve the look of any living room or bedroom warmth.