The kitchen counters are installed. Tommy builds a columned divider between the eating area and the mudroom. Richard points out mechanical improvements in the basement. Mauro Henrique applies a special magnetic paint for messages and notes in the kitchen.
Kevin watches artist Pauline Curtiss add historical texture to the maine suite wall. The end of the project reveals many improvements: a new Victorian-style front porch, restored windows, functional living space and a gorgeous open kitchen.
On the North Shore of Massachusetts, homeowners Bill and April Harb begin building their dream home on a plot of raw land. The traditional farmhouse will look like it's been there for 200 years, but the building methods are at the forefront of innovation.
Tommy and Kevin visit the factory where the house will be built, as general contractor Erik Kaminski watches the first shipment of framing parts leave. Richard visits the property as blasting of the rock ledge begins, and the foundation is poured.
Tommy builds a shower seat made of foam, and Richard connects steel piping. Then, Tommy shows how to install replacement windows and teaches Kevin and Joe how he makes a jig for the exterior shingled flair detail.
Granite goes down for the wood stove, and Nathan installs the porch ceiling. Then, Richard reviews the placement of components at a mechanical wall, and Mauro Henrique shows how to repair holes in old plaster.
Roger visits the Sullivan Square Community Garden, while Richard roughs in the ductwork for the gas fireplaces. Norm and Tom add some subtle Greek Revival details to the interior window trim package. And Mauro Henrique paints the exterior window trim.
Tom gets ready to upgrade the house with a new door. The cabinets arrive from Pennsylvania while new wainscoting is installed. An archaeologist shares secrets about Charlestown's past. Kevin and Tom install a small section of copper roof.
Tom builds a hidden door to the basement. Kevin gets a look at the island top. Richard sees how one homeowner is turning a lighthouse into his summer home. Norm and Tom restore the front steps. And a stone specialist installs a salvaged marble mantel.
Kevin tests the new electronics, and checks out the outdoor kitchen. Richard shows off the induction stove. Norm sees the mechanical room and the changes to the guest room, bath and living room.
This Old House kicks off the second project of their 35th Anniversary Season: an addition to a 1966 Colonial Revival in historic Lexington, MA, which extends back to the American Revolution.
Tom shows how to demo in phases, and builds the rear gable wall. Kevin visits a concrete shop, and explains building permits. Norm talks about the first floor framing. Roger lays out new footings.
Roof framing begins with Tom and Kevin. They build a new farmer's porch reminiscent of Colonial-style homes, as well as a structural ceiling. And with the kitchen gutted, expansion begins with a 24-foot steel beam.
Norm visits the Hancock-Clarke House. Tom and Kevin help install a corner desk stair on the back deck, and Richard helps offset a tub trap.
In order to preserve a stream, the team removes some trees and plants from the yard. Tom and Kevin connect the kitchen to the old great room. Richard shows Kevin the rough plumbing conditions in the kitchen.
Kevin meets electricians to see a rough electrical inspection. Tom installs hybrid railing system on the new deck. The homeowner designs a new family kitchen. And a paint color expert discusses options for the home's exterior colors.
Norm and Tom reinforce the porch and review ways to meet the insulation value needed in the walls. Richard meets a plumber for information on inspections, and Kevin reviews the new storm window system.