The crew takes on an 1850s-era Greek Revival brick rowhouse in historic Charlestown, MA. Tom shows Norm the guest room, guest bath and living room. Richard formulates a plan for the basement. Norm and Tom test for lead paint before digging begins.
Tom solves the bowing in the roof. Richard shows off his basement progress. Tom shows Kevin how he's going to open up the back wall for the new bump out. Then, the bricks can come down one by one to make a new addition for a breakfast area.
Richard meets one of Charlestown's most iconic structures: the Zakim Bridge. Tom shows how he'll modify the chimney for new gas fireplaces. Mark McCullough talks about rebuilding the retaining walls. Norm visits a salvage yard in Boston's South End.
Richard stops by the Charlestown Navy Yard to see the last wooden whaling ship in the world. Norm sees the progress on the dormer. Brick veneer is fitted to the bump out. Kevin visits with a kitchen designer. Norm and Tom install shutters.
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.
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.
Kevin finds the second floor sanded, stained and sealed as Tom oversees the first floor crew. Norm checks out the kitchen's custom refrigerator panels. Kevin has a look at the decor at a historic inn. And Norm turns a chest of drawers into a sink base.
Roger starts on the front walk, and visits a stone salvage yard to see how the granite for the walk and house marker is fabricated. Kevin sees the steps and house marker in place, and meets Richard to check out the sink set.
Kevin gets a look at the LED ribbon strip lights under the kitchen cabinets. Norm and Tom build the new mudroom storage system. Richard and Tom talk about the critical need for ventilation in our modern, super-insulated buildings.
Roger places the first new plants. Richard shows Kevin two kinds of radiators for the garage and sitting room. Norm has a look at the insulated garage doors. Kevin checks the progress on the laundry room cabinets and the iron chandelier installation.
Roger installs a new variety of turf type tall fescue. The plumbing inspector shares what he looks for. The great room gets a custom entertainment center. Kevin talks about the final electrical inspection. Richard shows off the finished mechanical room.
There's cause for celebration as Kevin and Tom learn whether they passed their final building inspection. The kitchen design and technology smarts is revealed, along with the custom designs of the daughters' bedrooms, and the finished kitchen.
This Old House partners with Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) to build a house for Army veteran SSG Matt DeWitt. Kevin reviews the house plans before he, Norm, Tom help with framing the exterior walls. And he meets with the HFOT Chairman to talk about mission.
Kevin learns that Matt DeWitt's disability doesn't limit his cycling passion. Richard gets a look at some of the 150 ADA-approved requirements in the home and touchless faucet technology. Norm checks out an ADA-compliant shower threshold and door openers.
Kevin, Roger, Tom and Norm build a high tunnel greenhouse specifically designed for the family. The house gets a special master closet design. Norm designs and builds a rustic dining table. And the DeWitts finally move into their new home.