A new project begins in Belmont, MA with a focus on salvage and restoration. Homeowners Katherine and Murat Bicer plan to revive their 1895 Victorian by building a front porch, refurbishing the original windows and opening up the kitchen.
Roger saves the plants that have to come out to make way for the porch. Tommy starts demo to open up the kitchen and determine how he'll support the weight of the house. Norm learns about Victorian details. The window pulley systems are repaired.
Tommy replaces rotten lally columns in the basement. Norm removes the marble sink and claw-foot tub from the guest bath to restore. Richard discovers an historic house with 19th-century air conditioning and plumbing. Tommy saves hardwood floors.
Tommy installs flitch beams in the kitchen. Kevin goes to West Virginia to see how they make laminated veneer lumber. Richard discovers a rear-mounted toilet on the 3rd floor. Landscape designer Jenn Nawada works on a plan for the shade-covered backyard.
Digging begins for the new front porch. Kitchen designer Linda Cloutier imagines cabinets in the dream kitchen. A giant vacuum removes hundred-year-old insulation from the attic. Norm and Tommy resize an existing door to fit a smaller opening.
Kevin meets mason Mark McCullough as he starts laying blocks for the mudroom foundation. Tommy builds a bay window in the kitchen. Norm visits the shop where the original windows are undergoing restoration. The front entryway is opened up.
Kevin meets Richard in the basement to discuss the HVAC plan. Tommy’s excavation crew replaces the old steel main water line at the front of the house. Katherine and interior designer Amanda Reid select tile for the bathrooms.
Framing begins on the front porch. HVAC expert Brian Palen solves the puzzle of snaking ductwork through a house designed in the age of coal. Kevin heads to the world's largest outdoor antiques show, where Katherine searches for furnishings.
Kevin finds Tommy framing the mudroom. The homeowners consider colors for the exterior of their house. Richard learns the process of refinishing the claw-foot bathtub. Tommy replicates 120-year-old Victorian molding.
Tommy lays down the flooring for the new front porch. Interior designer Amanda and homeowner Katherine select light fixtures. Richard learns about the new fireplaces going in on the first floor. Tommy and Kevin install the porch roof shingles.
Kevin helps Tommy convert a storm door into a window for the mudroom porch. Interior designer Amanda Reid and homeowners Katherine and Murat select interior paint colors. Tommy shingles the porch piers. Mark Ferrante lays tile in the main bathroom.
Tommy creates an arched shingle design for the front porch gable, and builds the porch railings. Kevin learns the process of creating a custom floorcloth for the kitchen, and begins a labor of love -- a tree house for the kids.
Work continues on the tree house. The refurbished windows are installed. Tommy installs wainscoting in the front entryway, and then gets to work on restoring the parquet flooring.
Roger brings back the plants he removed before construction began. Norm sees how a craftsman carves two newel posts to match the original. The refurbished claw-foot tub and marble countertop are installed. Kevin reveals the tree house to the kids.
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.
An inspector arrives to approve the new foundation. Kevin sees the perimeter drain installed. The first shipment of precut framing lumber arrives on-site. Kim Turner explains her landscape plan to Richard and the homeowners, and the framing begins.
With framing in full force, Kevin meets the homeowner and interior designer to see the plan for the living-dining room. Back on-site, Erik walks Kevin through the house and shows him how they’re raising the roof, and the exterior trim arrives.
Erik lays red cedar shingles on the roof. Kevin travels to Vermont to see reproduction light fixtures handcrafted. Window installation begins, while the homeowner searches for a barn door.
Drilling begins on a geothermal system. Norm tours local first-period homes. Kevin travels to the Vermont factory to see the stairs and wall panels being built, then back on the North Shore he learns about a new technology to seal ductwork.
Erik Kaminski installs clapboard siding. Roger and Kim Turner select salvaged granite for the yard. Richard sees how the geothermal pipes are connected in the basement. At the factory in Vermont, Kevin sees the kitchen cabinets coming together
Landscaping begins with a backyard patio. Formal wainscoting is installed in the den. The homeowners meet with their designer to select interior paint colors. The factory-made staircase is installed.
The staircase is finished, Kevin helps with a reproduction light fixture, Richard shows off systems for getting water from the well, Scott Caron talks backup generator installation, a lantern is installed and the muddy exterior becomes a beautiful yard.
As work winds down and Winter winds up, Kevin and Roger assess the exterior transformation. Erik Kaminski builds a custom closet from off-the-shelf piping. The team walks through the house, noting the craftsmanship, systems and interior details.