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Newton Centre Project, Part 2 of 16/Installing Home Intercom System/Energy-efficient Fireplace (Episode #802)

KQED Plus: Sat, Oct 17, 2009 -- 11:00 AM

Master carpenter Norm Abram and general contractor Tom Silva remove the old vinyl siding from the exterior of the house, exposing not only the original wood clapboards underneath, but also lots of repair work that needs to be done. Inside, architect Paul Rovinelli takes host Kevin O'Connor and homeowner Gillian Pierce through the plan for the new kitchen, which calls for a modest expansion, building, as Gillian puts it, "just what we need" and nothing more. One early proponent of that style of thinking was architect and author Sarah Susanka, so Kevin travels to her own "Not So Big" home in Raleigh, North Carolina, to see some smart ideas for restrained remodels that won't break the bank. Back in Newton Centre, landscape contractor Roger Cook breaks up the old porch slab to make way for the foundation for the new addition. In the second half of the hour, Kevin teams up with an electrician to install a home intercom system. Next, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner make a wood-burning fireplace cleaner and more energy-efficient by installing a gas-burning insert.

Newton Centre Project, Part 1 of 16/Building Campfire Pit/Installing Range Hood and Microwave Oven (Episode #801)

KQED Plus: Sat, Oct 10, 2009 -- 11:00 AM

The 30th anniversary season of THIS OLD HOUSE opens with the crew beginning a small but sophisticated addition to a 1915 Dutch Colonial Revival that includes a new kitchen, home office and family room. Homeowners Bill and Gillian Pierce love their old house, but it lacks family space, flow and a modern kitchen. Architect Paul Rovinelli presents his plan for the addition, while problems are identified in the old house, both in the basement and in the landscape. Host Kevin O'Connor visits a similar house in the neighborhood that has been opened up and expanded, while general contractor Tom Silva and master carpenter Norm Abram arrive to begin the demolition with Bill. By the end of the day, the three-season porch has been removed and work is well underway. In the second half of the hour, landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner build a cozy campfire in her backyard. Afterward, Tom helps a homeowner install a combination range hood and microwave oven over her kitchen stovetop.

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