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.
In October of 2012, Hurricane Sandy left hundreds of thousands of homes in ruins, with some of the worst damage sustained on the Jersey Shore. Kevin, Norm, and Richard introduce three different homeowners who are determined to rebuild.
The crew meets with homeowners in New Jersey to check on their home rebuilding status. And later, Norm meets a structural engineer who explains the difference between a FEMA Zone A and Zone V.
In Bay Head, New Jersey, a builder shows Norm the framing progress. Kevin sees how they'll pin the Point Pleasant house to the ground, and Norm takes Richard to Mueller's Bakery, a shore fixture for 100 years.
Seaside Heights works on its boardwalk in preparation for Memorial Day weekend, and Kevin meets Mayor William Akers and Lou Cirigliano from Casino Pier to see the work in progress. And later, Norm finds the crew installing decking at the Bay Head cottage.
In Bay Head, New Jersey, a general contractor fits a hurricane-resistant window package. Carlos and Kevin find a plumber repairing damage and running new gas and sewer lines, and Rita's house arrives while Kevin tours the Methodist campground.
Roger meets a State Park Manager to see a natural barrier island, and Norm finds the Bay Head job in limbo as they wait for FEMA to revise the flood maps. In Point Pleasant, New Jersey, Kevin sees how insulated CMU breakaway wall panels are built.
Kevin gets a surfing lesson, and back in Bay Head, New Jersey, the house is lifted to its final height. Norm learns about the difficulties of pouring footings at sea level, and Kevin explains why fiber cement siding is the best choice.
A year after Hurricane Sandy, Norm and Kevin take stock of recovery along the Jersey Shore. Richard finds a landscaper planting some container gardens, and later, Roger joins Kevin, Norm, and Richard for a wharfside party.
The crew takes on a 1872 Italianate-style remodel in Arlington, Massachusetts, where the homeowners want to open up the floor plan and make a bigger kitchen. Tom shows Kevin the foundation, bricks that need repointing and a host of other issues.
Richard investigates an Arlington Heights landmark, and Tom shows Kevin a hidden back staircase. The second-floor joists in the former bath are badly compromised, and Norm sees how preservation carpenters restore an architectural gem in Portland, Maine.
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.
Kevin watches the installation of a new gutter and how Roger's reverting a section of the backyard back to nature. An electrician updates the light fixtures over the mantel, while Norm visits a window factory in New Hampshire.
A contractor installs new floor tile, while an electrician shows Kevin how to wire an electrical box. And Kevin demonstrates how to patch the holes from the old recessed lights, while Tom squares off an arched doorway.