Jersey Shore Rebuilds 2013; Arlington 2014
For the first time, This Old House takes on three homes at the same time. The team meets the homeowners and discusses rebuilding stronger, smarter, and safer.
The team discusses how FEMA impacts building requirements, and foundation options. The Manasquan home is razed. Kevin takes a tour of Bay Head. Trouble begins at Point Pleasant.
The Mantoloking home is examined from a new angle while the Bay Head house begins framing. The team learns about a innovative foundation to be used on the Point Pleasant home. And the shows visits a business in Bay Head that has already successfully rebuilt.
The show visits the boardwalk at Seaside Heights to view reconstruction. The Bay Head home has a new deck installed. The Point Pleasant project gets crushed! A visit to the factory that will make the Manasquan house in only one week.
The windows are installed at the Bay Head house. At Point Pleasant a new dinning room is installed in place of the garage. And the modular home arrives on site in Manasquan.
Breakaway walls and flood vents are installed at the Point Pleasant. The work on the modular home continues. What plants and trees survived Sandy?
Footings are added in Bay Head home. Point Pleasant gets stone veneer, fiber-cement siding and composite decking. Manasquan project is finished. Pro surfer Sam Hammer visits the show. And marine biologist Chris Wojcik talks about the bay.
A tour of the Mantoloking project. And the wrap party for the Jersey Shore projects.
After many months on the Jersey Shore, Kevin meets up with Tom Silva at Robbins Farm Park in Arlington, Massachusetts, a family town that also has a cool vibe thanks to its proximity to Boston. The new project house, an 1872 Italianate, is just down the hill. Kevin meets homeowners Heather and Malcolm Faulds—they love their house, but know that it needs some updating. The dramatic two-story foyer, covered with a sea of little kid shoes, reveals the need for a mudroom. They want to open up the floor plan, and they definitely need a bigger, better kitchen. Upstairs, the plan is to renovate the full bath, make room for a laundry, and create a real master suite with a second full bath. Outside, Tom shows Kevin how the addition will look, as well as the challenges of foundation work, bricks that need repointing, and badly patched holes from previous insulation. To make the basement into finished space, Tom and Richard need to deal with moisture getting in, a matrix of pipes at the ceiling, a boiler and two sets of stairs that need to be relocated and an unappealing crawl space where they may have to dig for footings. Clearing out first will give them room to work on everything else, so the crew gets to work removing the old boiler and heat pipes. Roger arrives to protect hardscape and landscape from damage during construction. By the end of the day, as the old kitchen and office get demolished, our latest homeowners can already see the improvement.
Richard investigates a curious Arlington Heights landmark as Fred Laskey from the MWRA explains why the locals dressed up their water tower to resemble an obscure Greek Temple. Back at our house, Tom shows Kevin what demolition revealed: a hidden back staircase, great new ceiling height in the kitchen, and decent framing that can be reused in the former office. Upstairs, the discoveries are not so good: the second floor joists in the former full bath are badly compromised. The plan is to beef up the structure by sistering in joists from below, but first, they must remove the old stairs from the second floor all the way down to the basement. At Portland, Maine's Victoria Mansion, one of the grandest and best-preserved examples of Italianate-style architecture in the U.S., Tim Brosnihan shows Norm the hallmarks of the style and how preservation carpenters like Caleb Hemphill are diligently working to restore and preserve this architectural gem. Back in Arlington at our humble Italianate, Roger relocates a massive rhododendron from the front to an elevated bed in the backyard
Kevin, Norm, Tom, and mason Mark McCullough replace the substandard foundation by pouring a new slab and curb, all while preserving the antique fieldstone foundation. The crew also finds headroom and original plaster details in the living room.
Tom joins the home's new roof to the existing. Architect David The architect explains how much change an 200 additional square feet the house. The existing fieldstone foundation gets additional repairs and waterproofing. Roger tours a nearby Garden. Norm and Tom repair the front door.
Leveling the ceiling in the kitchen and the floor in the finished basement is explained. An opening for a new window is cut. Landscape architect Cricket Beauregard explains what to do with a shady front yard.
The new kitchen windows are inspected. Cast iron waste pipes are installed with a traditional lead and oakum joint. Outside -- trim is replicated and new siding is installed.
Selective tree pruning occurs in the yard. Inside, Richard explains the choice between PEX and copper for water supply lines. Kevin tours an 1872 Stick Style home.
Exterior colors are proposed. A tour of a nearby 1870 Italianate style home. Richard shows a more attractive approach to PVC vents. Tom shows his favorite applications for radiant heat.
A "Deadliest Catch" star drops by to help with plaster cracks. Making the second floor railing safer.
Granite steps are placed on a bed of ice to melt them into place; plaster is repaired by hand; a 3D-printing specialist shows how the repairs can be made in a computer; the design options for the front porch railing are reviewed; and the balustrade is fabricated.
A hydrangea that is damaging the foundation is removed. Painting with red paint. How to keep the basement dry.
A visit to Spy Pond in Massachusetts. A new water main is installed. Chestnut flooring is selected. Fiberglass gutters that appear appropriate to the historical period are installed.
A sidewalk is prepared. Custom moldings are installed. Tiles are picked by the homeowner. New doors and countertops are installed.
Adding the final edge detail to soapstone countertops; cutting down 12-inch marble tiles for wainscoting; oval mirror frame; oak stair treads; darkening soapstone countertops with carnauba wax and walnut oil.
Installing a custom PVC fence and arbor; creating a marble herringbone pattern in the powder room; grout options for the faux slate floor in the mudroom; building a sliding barn door; alternatives to the usual shade plants.
A teak island top is installed in the kitchen; a vanity top is added to the master bath; an electronics nook is built; the pebble tiles on the shower floor are grouted; handmade wallpaper is hung; and a new front door is installed.
A truckload of fresh sod is rolled out; a replica ceiling medallion made with a 3D printer and a custom copper vent hood are installed; a garbage disposer is selected; a pedestal sink is installed in the powder room; and storage space in the master closet is maximized. Also: a lesson in crown molding.
The Arlington Italianate project concludes with a look at how the master bath was modified to accommodate a steam shower; a tour of the basement, bedrooms, baths and laundry spaces; and an overview of the decor choices.