After designing the new space and signing off on the plans, Daryl finally breaks ground on the addition to his 1787 farmhouse. Unfortunately it doesn't take long to discover that the soil is full of dense pockets of hard stone. Making things even more difficult, the hammering from the excavator is shaking the foundation of the original house. When they find rotting beams in the cellar, all work might have to end, bringing construction to a quick stop. If the build is going to go forward, they'll have to find a way around it.
After some setbacks, the foundation for the addition to Daryl's 1787 farmhouse is in. It's time to start putting up some walls, but a problem with the town causes a big delay and forces Daryl to make a creative decision so they can move forward. Making this house unique, Daryl wants to combine modern and historic building techniques, salvaged lumber and new wood. However, finding the right summer beams for the new kitchen proves to be more difficult than he thought. Once he found the right beams, Daryl and his team then have to get the enormous beams into place.
The second story walls are up and Daryl's ready to get the roof on and the windows in. Using some creative carpentry techniques, the new roof will look like it's been settling for two hundred fifty years. He'll also use salvaged chestnut to build the window frames, giving the house a more authentic feel. A trip to a foundry in Pennsylvania to pick out traditionally fashioned sconces and candle stands will help Daryl put the historically accurate finishing touches on the addition to his 1787 farmhouse. Daryl tries his own hand at striking iron.
Daryl's ready to start working on the inside of the house and this time he has a very special guest. Nicole Curtis will be stopping by to give Daryl a hand refinishing a salvaged door for the new kitchen pantry. After a tour of the house, Daryl takes Nicole down to the barn to see his collection of salvaged materials. Once they've picked the door, it's time to get to work. After some sanding and painting, the door's ready to go. Finishing out the process, Daryl will hunt down historically accurate hinges for the door.
With the frame of the addition complete, it's time for Daryl to button up the outside of the house. That means that he'll have to find period doors for the entrances, get up the clapboard, and find a mason to build the fireboxes and chimney. A local merchant surprises Daryl with a very unique door for the kitchen. The chimney is a huge project, so finding somebody that can make the brick and the mortar historically accurate is important. It's a lot to balance, especially when Daryl has to go out on tour.
With the outside of the house finished, it's time for Daryl to focus on the inside. First up is the Stone Room where Daryl plans to be playing some music. To add to the authentic look he started with the salvaged beams, a veneer created with local fieldstone will be applied to the room's walls. Rounding out the look, a special brick floor will be created and reclaimed boards used as paneling. On top of finishing the Stone Room, Daryl is trying to get ready for the opening of his new club. He'll work hard to get it all done.
Daryl is ready to get started on the first floor, starting with the Sitting Room. Keeping it historically accurate, this front room will have a more formal and ornate look, using both reclaimed wood and crafted paneling from new lumber. A treasure hunt through Daryl's barn uncovers a valuable resource. After a little elbow grease from Steve and Joe, it will give the Sitting Room a very unique feel. However, incorporating modern technologies proves to be a challenge. Getting in heating and air conditioning without affecting the period look that Daryl is working for requires some creative thinking.
The addition to Daryl's 1787 farmhouse is getting very close to wrapping up, but there's still plenty of work that needs to be done. Now it's time for Daryl to tackle the kitchen and he gives every detail his attention. Salvaged floor boards and wall panels are installed. Then finding the right stain for the wood paneled walls presents a challenge. But when Daryl discovers a forgotten box from his past, the finishing touches come together.
It's been a long road and Daryl is close to finishing up work on the addition to his house. With family coming soon, the pressure's on and there are a lot of details Daryl still has to deal with. He needs to install tiles for the stove's alcove in the kitchen, get the custom cabinets built then stain and finish the molding in the Sitting Room. A big problem with the refrigerator delivery and a last minute change to the front yard's landscape threaten to stop his progress, but Daryl manages to get the house finished right on time.