An 1850s-era Greek Revival house in Boston is spotlighted.
A fix for a major problem: exterior walls that are bowing.
How the old chimney will be modified.
Waterproofing the dormer; installing a reclaimed brick veneer on the new kitchen bump out; shutters.
Roughing in ductwork for direct-vent gas fireplace units; adding details to window trim.
A major upgrade begins: adding a Greek Revival-style front door. On the second floor, new wood wainscoting is installed; a feature wall insert for the master shower is created with marble basket weave tile.
The team install a cararra marble island top and a new PVC fence.
The Charlestown project is completed with the restoring of the exterior with a new dormer, windows, shutters and front entry.
Work starts on the back porch and the framing of the first floor platform is outlined.
The second floor's front gable wall is completed and the roof framing begins.
Progress is made on the back deck and decking is created for a corner deck stair.
How a small stream in the backyard affects the entire yard. Also: trees are removed; shade plants are relocated to a new bed in the side yard; a five-foot section of wall is cut away to connect the kitchen to the great room.
A look at the mudroom door; the work required to patch in new clapboard; the back deck's hybrid railing system; and the layout and design choices for the kitchen. Also: what goes into a rough electrical inspection; and what's trending in kitchens.
Rough mechanical and rough framing inspections are discussed; reinforced fiberglass columns to support the farmer's porch are installed; how an arched doorway is being turned into one that's squared off.
A covered gutter is installed; the infiltration system to disperse water from gutters into the ground is detailed; native plants that will return part of the lawn back to nature are discussed; and how existing aluminum wiring is being worked with.
Some progress is made on the mudroom and kitchen.
The show offers tips on building a basic entry shelf and how to wire a basement room.
A Bluestone front walk is created and porcelain tiles are installed,
Ventilation is added and work is done on the kids's rooms.
Lightning protection is installed.
Installing tall fescue, which needs less water and fertilizer than other varieties; and designing the great room's entertainment center. Also: the finished mechanical room; and the final heating and cooling decisions.
Norm and Kevin review the transformation that has taken place in the 1966 Garrison Colonial. Kitchen designer Michele Kelly shows Richard the design and technology smarts built into the new kitchen. Kevin meets homeowner Jody and her designer brother to see how he customized the spaces over the garage to reflect each daughter's personality. Interior designer Robin Gannon shows Norm the updates she made to the older parts of the house. Kevin and Jody join Jeremy in the kitchen to see the finished space, the new breakfast area, screen porch and back deck. On ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Tom and Kevin discuss kitchen island dimensions. Richard helps a homeowner quiet a noisy baseboard heating system. The guys ask, "What is it?" Electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner add light to a kitchen by installing three new recessed cans.
Kevin meets Mike Duckett in New Hampshire to see the plans for the DeWitts' specially adapted home from HFOT (Homes for Our Troops). Norm, Tom and Kevin join builder Ken Dionne and his team to help with framing the exterior walls. On ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Roger heads to Maine to help a homeowner plant an indoor tropical garden with plants from Jamaica, Richard shows how to change the temperature on water heaters and Tom and Kevin build an American flag out of reclaimed wood.
Richard meets HFOT project manager Mike Duckett at the jobsite to understand some of the 150 requirements implemented on ADA-approved and Energy Star-rated homes. He travels to a plumbing manufacturer to see the technology behind touchless faucets and toilets. At the house, Mike shows Norm how tile contractor Steve Collette is using a beveled piece of marble to create an ADA-compliant threshold in the shower. Then they check out the technology behind the automatic door opener being used on many of the doors in the house. On ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner install an electric vehicle charger next to his house. Richard helps a homeowner install a new kitchen sink.
Kevin meets HFOT community outreach coordinator Chris Mitchell, who explains why community involvement is important. More than 150 local volunteers are laying down the sod, mulching the beds and planting. Closet builder Brian McSharry has been working with the DeWitts on a special design for the master closet, and Norm and Kevin work with Matt to design and build a table for the new dining room. At the end of a long journey, the DeWitts move into their new home. On ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Richard travels to Pittsburgh to install a thermostat that interfaces with a smartphone to save energy and money. Ross Trethewey walks Kevin through the installation of a photovoltaic solar array on the barn.