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.
The Veteran's Special House Project (#3424H) Duration: 25:51 STEREO TVG
Kevin meets Mike Duckett in New Hampshire to see the plans for the DeWitt family's specially adapted home from HFOT. Norm, Tom and Kevin join builder Ken Dionne and his team to help with framing the exterior walls. Kevin then travels to Florida to meet Justin Gaertner, another veteran who also received a HFOT home. Kevin rejoins the project in New Hampshire and finds that all the exterior walls are secured and the truss roof is going up.
Charlestown Project 2014/A Rowhouse Reimagined (#3408H) Duration: 25:46 STEREO TVG
After five months of work in Charlestown, the exterior is restored with a new dormer, windows, shutters and front entry. Inside, Kevin finds systems integrator Greg Smizer test-driving the new internet-based security system, wireless music system and remote-controlled window shades with solar battery backup. Norm joins Richard in the partially unfinished basement to see the mechanical room, where the systems integrate to provide comfort for the whole house. On the third floor, Angela's mission is accomplished: a serene master suite retreat. On the second floor, interior designer Kathy Marshall shows Norm the changes to the guest room, guest bath and the bold new living room. Downstairs, Kathy joins Angela and Kevin to see the former dining room transformed into a sophisticated sitting room, and all the details of the new kitchen: cabinetry, tile, storage, new powder room and the window seat addition.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 1, 2015 -- 11:00am
Lexington Project 2015/Designer Details (#3418H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Kevin arrives to find the second floor sanded, stained and sealed, and Tom overseeing the crew as they start on the first floor. In the kitchen, the cabinets are mostly installed, and carpenter Chuck Parker shows Norm the custom refrigerator panels. In Lexington Center, just steps from the Battle Green, Kevin meets local designer Robin Gannon to see how she used her modern and eclectic style to decorate 22 rooms of a historic inn. Norm shows Kevin how he's repurposing a chest of drawers for a sink base for the new powder room.
- KQED 9: Sat, Aug 1, 2015 -- 5:00pm
- KQED Life: Thu, Aug 6, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Lexington Project 2015/New Walk, Old Stone (#3419H) Duration: 25:46 STEREO TVG
Roger starts on the new bluestone front walk despite some significant grade challenges. Around back, tile contractor Mark Ferrante is installing porcelain tile made to look like slate in the screen porch. Kevin recaps the vanity project and meets Richard to see the sink and faucet set. In nearby Acton, Roger visits a stone salvage yard to see how Gavin Johnston is selecting and fabricating antique granite for the front walk and custom house marker. At the end of the day, the granite steps are in place and Roger sets the house marker.
Lexington Project 2015/Mudroom, Ventilation, Kids Rooms (#3420H) Duration: 26:31 STEREO TVG
Master electrician Allen Gallant shows Kevin the new LED ribbon strip lights he's using under the cabinets in the kitchen and butler's pantry. Norm and Tom build the new mudroom storage system. Richard and Tom review the critical need for ventilation in the modern, super insulated building. Wallpaper hanger Mark Pehrson shows Kevin his technique for applying wallpaper to a ceiling in one girl's room. In another daughter's bedroom, painting contractor Mauro Henrique is setting up to paint decorative stripes on an accent wall.
- KQED Life: Thu, Aug 20, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Lexington Project 2015/Finishing Details (#3421H) Duration: 25:46 STEREO TVG
Roger and landscape designer Tim Lee place the first new plants in the landscaping plan. Richard is using two kinds of radiators to bring heat to the garage and the upstairs sitting room. Tom shows Kevin the progress on the upstairs laundry room, outfitted with simple cabinets and a small countertop. Installer Bob Young shows Norm the new insulated steel garage doors that should help keep the heat inside the garage. In the great room, master electrician Allen Gallant is installing a massive wrought-iron chandelier with 52 bulbs.
- KQED Life: Thu, Aug 27, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Lexington Project 2015/Down to the Wire (#3422H) Duration: 25:46 STEREO TVG
Kevin arrives to see the installation of tall fescue that needs less water and fertilizer than other varieties. Interior designer Robin Gannon tells Kevin how she designed the great room entertainment center; then Matt Allen shows how he's turning the design into reality. Later, Kevin checks on the salvaged interior doors that will conceal the TV. In the basement, Richard shows Kevin the finished mechanical room and closes the loop on the final heating and cooling decisions.
Adaptation & Accessibility (#3425H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Richard meets HFOT project manager Mike Duckett at the jobsite to understand some of the 150 requirements implemented on ADA-approved and Energy Star-rated homes. He travels to a plumbing manufacturer to see the technology behind touchless faucets and toilets. At the house, Mike shows Norm how tile contractor Steve Collette is using a beveled piece of marble to create an ADA-compliant threshold in the shower. Then they check out the technology behind the automatic door opener being used on many of the doors in the house. Cat DeWitt reveals how the hybrid styled faucet will make life more manageable for Matt and the rest of the family.
Lexington Project 2015/Garrison No More (#3423H) Duration: 25:46 STEREO TVG
Norm and Kevin review the transformation that has taken place in the 1966 Garrison Colonial. Kitchen designer Michele Kelly shows Richard the design and technology smarts built into the new kitchen. Kevin meets homeowner Jody and her designer brother to see how he customized the spaces over the garage to reflect each daughter's personality. Interior designer Robin Gannon shows Norm the updates she made to the older parts of the house. Kevin and Jody join Jeremy in the kitchen to see the finished space, the new breakfast area, screen porch and back deck.
A Home for Matt & Cat (#3426H) Duration: 25:45 STEREO TVG
Kevin meets HFOT community outreach coordinator Chris Mitchell, who explains why community involvement is important. More than 150 local volunteers are laying down the sod, mulching the beds and planting. Closet builder Brian McSharry has been working with the DeWitts on a special design for the master closet, and Norm and Kevin work with Matt to design and build a table for the new dining room. At the end of a long journey, the DeWitts move into their new home.