This Old House
Host Kevin O'Connor, master carpenter Norm Abram, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and general contractor Tom Silva demystify the home-improvement process.
This Old House Previous Broadcasts
Lexington Project 2015/Colonial Roots (Episode #3409H)
KQED Life: Sun, Dec 21, 2014 -- 2:00 PM
TOH kicks off the second project of the 35th Anniversary Season: an addition to a 1966 Colonial in historic Lexington, Massachusetts. Homeowners Jeremy and Jody Kieval would like a makeover that includes more sunlight and a new farmer's porch. Inside, the overflowing playroom needs to be relocated. Jeremy wants his dream kitchen to become the new heart of the home, so the old kitchen will be gutted and redesigned. A new addition will include a mudroom and access to the garage. The upstairs plan includes two more bedrooms, a laundry room and a sitting area over the garage. Roger shows Kevin how the small stream in the backyard will be protected during construction.
Charlestown Project 2014/Gardens & Greek Revival Style (Episode #3405H)
KQED 9: Sat, Dec 13, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
Roger visits the Sullivan Square Community Garden, while Richard works with fireplace expert John Sullivan to rough in the ductwork for the new direct vent gas fireplace units. With plaster work and flooring completed, Norm and Tom add some subtle Greek Revival details to the interior window trim package. For inspiration for her own urban garden, Roger takes homeowner Angela Daigle to see some hidden gardens of Beacon Hill. Painting contractor Mauro Henrique paints the exterior window trim on the rowhouse and puts up samples of a few bold color choices for the new front door.
Charlestown Project 2014/Wood and Water (Episode #3404H)
KQED Life: Sat, Dec 13, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
Richard stops by the Charlestown Navy Yard to see a special guest arrive - the last wooden whaling ship in the world, the Charles W. Morgan, built c.1840. Tom shows Norm the progress on the approved dormer and how he's waterproofing its low slope roof. Inside, insulation is in and wallboard is going up. Out back, to tie in the new work with the old house, mason Mark McCullough installs a reclaimed brick veneer on the new kitchen bump out. Kevin checks on the kitchen design details, and Norm and Tom replace the fake shutters with operable shutters made of durable fiberglass and PVC.