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This Old House

Season 2 1981

  • 1981-01-01T16:00:00Z on PBS
  • 30 mins
  • 13 hours, 30 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary

This Old House celebrates the fusion on old world craftsmanship and modern technology. Each season features two renovation projects. Project One traditionally consists of eighteen or more so episodes and is filmed in Massachusetts. Project Two is taped in a different region of the country to highlight the variety of American architectural styles and renovation issues.

27 episodes

2x01 The Newton House - 1

  • Season Premiere

    1981-01-01T16:00:00Z — 30 mins

Our host introduces the Bigelow House, a rambling 19th-century hilltop home in Newton, Massachusetts, designed by noted Victorian architect H.H. Richardson. The challenge - convert the abandoned structure into five modern condominium units, while preserving its architectural integrity. Vila and our master carpenter talk about the best way to tackle the project.

2x02 The Newton House - 2

  • 1981-01-15T16:00:00Z — 30 mins

Our host discusses plans for renovating the barn unit - insulation, demolition and replacing broken windows.

2x03 The Newton House - 3

  • 1981-01-30T16:00:00Z — 30 mins

Demolition is nearly complete and our host shows us some of the problems uncovering he's uncovered - including extensive damage from carpenter ants, vandals and rot.

2x04 The Newton House - 4

  • 1981-02-01T16:00:00Z — 30 mins

Our host discusses some of the key decisions to be made about condominium sales. Also, plans are made to install woodburning stoves in the ice house and the woodshed.

2x05 The Newton House - 5

  • 1981-02-15T16:00:00Z — 30 mins

We're ready to do some plumbing at the house. Our master carpenter shows us how to pour concrete wall and Tom Wirth, our landscape architect discusses the lay of the land.

2x06 The Newton House - 6

  • 1981-02-28T16:00:00Z — 30 mins

The exterminator gives us a top-to-bottom bug check. Professor John Coolidge talks about the architect of the Bigelow House, H.H. Richardson - considered the foremost Victorian architect of the 19th century.

2x07 The Newton House - 7

  • 1981-03-01T16:00:00Z — 30 mins

Our host discusses plans for a new, historically compatible five-car garage. The electrician begins wiring and a solar energy expert recommends the best location for a solar collector.

2x08 The Newton House - 8

  • 1981-03-15T16:00:00Z — 30 mins

Our host and master carpenter gives us a progress report of the house. It's almost time to winterize this energy-guzzling summer home with insulation and fireplace fix-ups.

2x09 The Newton House - 9

  • 1981-03-28T16:00:00Z — 30 mins

All radiators are not created equal. Our host shows us an efficient, aesthetic European version. Our master carpenter is busy installing new windows and a lighting expert make some illuminating recommendations.

2x10 The Newton House - 10

  • 1981-04-01T16:00:00Z — 30 mins

The south roof gets an ice shield and cedar shingles. The living room wall gets a layer of energy-saving polystyrene board. And the grounds get a face-lifting.

2x11 The Newton House - 11

  • 1981-04-15T16:00:00Z — 30 mins

This week, our host looks at the wiring needs in the barn; demonstrates lathing and plastering and talks about choosing tiles for the foyer in the main house.

2x12 The Newton House - 12

  • 1981-04-28T15:00:00Z — 30 mins

Shingling is completed on the south side of the bungalow and the lights are in placed in the main house. Tile setter Charlie English shows us how to trim tiles.

2x13 The Newton House - 13

  • 1981-05-01T15:00:00Z — 30 mins

What are the best tiles for the master bath? How is the electrical work coming? What type of cabinets should we use in the kitchen of the main house? Our host supplies the answers.

2x14 The Newton House - 14

  • 1981-05-15T15:00:00Z — 30 mins

It's time to tackle some tough shingling jobs on the turret and roof-top belvedere. We'll also install a skylight, hook up a toilet and talk about water service for the house.

2x15 The Newton House - 15

  • 1981-05-28T15:00:00Z — 30 mins

The crawlspace in the barn gets a concrete floor. The main house gets a parquet floor. And we lesson in tile grouting.

2x16 The Newton House - 16

  • 1981-06-01T15:00:00Z — 30 mins

Our host sizes up the tree cutting clearing hob outside the Ice House unit. In the barn, he discusses the wood beam framing. Then, it's up to the main house for a look at the stairway.

2x17 The Newton House - 17

  • 1981-06-15T15:00:00Z — 30 mins

Our host reviews plans for interior of the barn unit. In the main house, he decides that some of the floors will have to go; and out plumber is ready to install the Powder Room sink.

2x18 The Newton House - 18

  • 1981-06-28T15:00:00Z — 30 mins

Tonight, our host tours the barn and gives more thought to the hardwood floors in the main house. It's also time to select locks and hardware for the antique floors.

2x19 The Newton House - 19

  • 1981-07-01T15:00:00Z — 30 mins

This week, our master carpenter installs the unusual floor-to-ceiling triple hung windows; while Charlie, our finish carpenter, sets in window casings and kitchen cabinets.

2x20 The Newton House - 20

  • 1981-07-15T15:00:00Z — 30 mins

The kitchen in the main house gets a ceramic tile floor. The south facade get a glass sunbath. The barn gets a heating and cooling fan. The fireplace gets a new stone face.

2x21 The Newton House - 21

  • 1981-07-28T15:00:00Z — 30 mins

This week, the old metal garages come down and barn lighting goes in. In the main house, it's time to install the air conditioning and kitchen window casings.

2x22 The Newton House - 22

  • 1981-08-01T15:00:00Z — 30 mins

Now that the old garage is gone, plans are made for the new one. Our master carpenter discusses the stairway in the barn. At the main house, a downdraft stove is installed and the sunbath gets a copper roof.

2x23 The Newton House - 23

  • 1981-08-15T15:00:00Z — 30 mins

Our houst inspects the custom-made hardwood spiral stairchase in the barn and takes us on a tour of the factory where it was made. Later, we go up to the main house for a look at repairs on the fireplace tiles.

2x24 The Newton House - 24

  • 1981-08-28T15:00:00Z — 30 mins

Our host inspects the custom-built kitchen cabinets in the barn and checks the plastering work upstairs. Then landscaping arcitect Tom Wirth gives us a lesson in brick paving and takes us on a fascinating tour of a granite quarry.

2x25 The Newton House - 25

  • 1981-09-01T15:00:00Z — 30 mins

Things are really shaping up at the Bigelow House! Tonight, the white cedar shingling goes up in the barn greenhouse. Inside the barn, our host oversees installation on a heat pump, then he heads up to the main house to help apply the exterior stain.

2x26 The Newton House - 26

  • 1981-09-15T15:00:00Z — 30 mins

Our host takes a stroll around the grounds and shows us that the landscaping is well underway. There's also been great progress in the ice house and woodshed. As for the barn, it's nearly complete.

2x27 The Newton House - 27

  • 1981-09-28T15:00:00Z — 30 mins

This Old House is new again! The workmen are gone and the newly renovated Bigelow House is ready and waiting for its new occupants. Our host takes us on the long-awaited tour in this one hour special.