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Hearth Makeovers

Customers around the country have completed successful and dramatic hearth makeovers in their home. HPBA will feature their stories and why they underwent the change, the costs, highlights and before and after photos on this page. Revisit this portion of the site for featured makeovers and see for yourself the impact a hearth makes in a home.

The Rodenbergs: Shoreview, Minnesota

With twins on the way and space at a premium, Anne and Jeff Rodenberg decided it was time to expand their living space by remodeling their basement to gain an additional 500 square feet. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, they submitted photos of their outdated fireplace, along with 200 other homeowners in the Twin Cities area into the Fireside Hearth & Home Fireplace Facelift Contest.  And, the Rodenbergs won!  

Find out more and see the before and after photos.


The Ericksons: New Gretna, New Jersey

After purchasing a second home in New Gretna, Sue and Alan Erickson considered their long-term plans for the house – a retirement home in the future.   Their top priorities were adding a zone heating source and turning a “charmless” house with bare walls into a “charming” home with a beautiful fireplace. 

Find out more and see the before and after photos.


The Coverts: Nevada City, California

For more than 20 years, Jake Covert built custom homes.  The Coverts, who live in Nevada City, California, recently decided to enhance their living room by remodeling their woodburning fireplace. Jake and his wife, K.C., visited their local hearth retailer, Sierra Timberline, expecting to leave with a new insert. However, during their visit they learned that to achieve maximum convenience, completely replacing their woodburning fireplace with a gas-fired fireplace was the best choice.  

Find out more and see the before and after photos.


"Working with Sierra Timberline was a very easy, comfortable consumer-friendly experience. From selecting the best product for our needs to installing it, working with a retailer made the process painless."
- Jake Covert

The Walsh Family: Brick, New Jersey

Having grown up in a home with woodburning fireplaces, the Walsh’s decided to disconnect the gas log set that had been installed in their woodburning fireplace and return it to its original function.  Before searching for a retailer, the Walsh’s hired fireplace inspector, Chimney Medics, to determine whether their fireplace could be changed back to a woodburning fireplace and to check the chimney for proper working order.  

Find out more and see the before and after shots.

The Thorntons: Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey

When Tom and Danielle Thornton first built their home, they went with a woodburning fireplace for the look of it.  It didn’t take long before they realized that their fireplace was made for ambience and not for heating.   The heating season meant adding wood all day before their family room felt warm. 

Find out more and see before and after shots.


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