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.
Charlestown Project 2014/35 Years of This Old House (#3401H) Duration: 25:45 STEREO TVG
The 35th season of TOH begins in Boston's oldest neighborhood: Charlestown. Kevin and Norm highlight Charlestown's historical importance, from colonial times through WWII. The new project is part of a cluster of 1850s-era Greek Revival houses tucked into the backside of Bunker Hill. Homeowner Angela Daigle shows Kevin features she loves, but also the outdated kitchen and poor organization of space that she'd like to improve. Upstairs, Tom shows Norm the spaces needing minimal work: an existing guest room, guest bath and living room. The third floor will likely be a full gut to give Angela a better master suite with additional living space, assuming the city approves the plan to enlarge the existing dormers. Out back, Roger shows Kevin the crumbling retaining walls. Richard formulates a plan for the basement as Norm and Tom test for lead paint before beginning demo on the first floor.
- KQED Life: Sat, Oct 25, 2014 -- 9:30am email reminder
Charlestown Project 2014/A Bridge to Charlestown (#3403H) Duration: 25:46 STEREO TVG
Richard talks with Ted Zoli, structural engineer on one of Charlestown's most iconic structures, the Zakim Bridge. At the project house, the front of the building is obscured by scaffolding - it will be used to replace the failing asphalt roof and to build the dormer. Inside, Tom shows Kevin how he'll modify the old chimney for the new gas fireplace units, and they see the framing progress, including the bump out for the breakfast area. The third floor master suite is framed up, except the dormer, still in regulatory limbo. In the backyard, mason Mark McCullough presents options for rebuilding the retaining walls. Norm visits a salvage yard that has architectural elements from the Greek Revival period. Several days later, Mark starts installing the retaining wall. Richard shows Kevin the progress on the rough plumbing and electrical.
Charlestown Project 2014/Brick Rowhouse Blues (#3402H) Duration: 25:46 STEREO TVG
Kevin arrives to find Tom solving a major problem with the house - the exterior walls are bowing out from the weight of the roof over 160 years. In the basement, Richard shows Kevin the result of two weeks of hand digging and a week of rough plumbing: the floor is down several inches, the sewer line tucked in the floor, and the radiant heat/insulation system going in. On the third floor, Norm shows Kevin how the roof has been under-structured since it was originally built. Tom joins to get the first of two massive LVLs tucked into the pockets in the brick sidewalls and fastened in place. To see how it's holding up, Norm revisits the townhouse TOH renovated in Charlestown 14 years ago. Back at the project house, Tom shows Kevin how he's going to open up the back wall for the new bump out.
Charlestown Project 2014/Wood and Water (#3404H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
Charlestown Project 2014/Gardens & Greek Revival Style (#3405H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.
- KQED Life: Sun, Nov 2, 2014 -- 2:00pm email reminder
Episode #3407H Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
- KQED Life: Sun, Nov 16, 2014 -- 2:00pm email reminder
Episode #3408H Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
- KQED Life: Sun, Nov 23, 2014 -- 2:00pm email reminder