Newton Generation NEXT; Charleston
A woman inherits her childhood home, but she and her husband make changes to accommodate their children and in-laws; Mike Rowe discusses the need for skilled tradespeople.
New foundation is poured as the house is readied for demolition; roses and lilacs are saved before demolition begins; mold is found in the basement.
The crew installs a beam to support a new opening in the kitchen. Also: the homeowners select finishes and the apprentices work on the front porch.
A new floor is built. Also: Richard, the homeowners and the designer hunt for an old clawfoot tub; Tom shows the apprentices how to level the front porch and build a hip roof; and Kevin visits Baltimore to learn about a training program.
The apprentices learn the basics of framing a deck, while around the corner the chimney is demo-ed. The homeowners work with their interior designer to create a custom pattern for the tile floor. The flue for the wood-burning stove is installed.
The apprentices frame a wall in the master bedroom, build a drain stack for the master bath and lay decking on the front porch. Meanwhile, the homeowners visit their kitchen cabinet designer.
Dining room flooring is used to make a barn door; an uninsulated crawl space is found after breaking through the basement wall; the garage floor gets radiant heat; and the front porch gets new columns. Also: Roger teaches a horticulture class in the field.
While the apprentices get a lesson in roofing, Kevin visits Rhode Island to watch how an elaborate Chippendale railing is put together. A new slab of concrete goes in the basement to keep the moisture out. Richard shows how ductwork is put together.
Tommy builds a shower seat made of foam. Richard connects steel piping. Tommy teaches how to install replacement windows. Tommy shows Kevin and Joe how he makes a jig for the exterior shingled flair detail.
Granite goes down for wood stove. Nathan installs the porch ceiling. Kevin visits a home in Rhode Island where the exterior trim is pine. Richard reviews the placement of components at mechanical wall. Mauro shows how to repair holes in old plaster.
Tommy trims the rough interior columns. Liz makes a stained glass window. Kevin tours a flooring factory in Pennsylvania. Richard visits a voc-tech school plumbing class. Norm shows Kevin a few new tricks he's learned for installing stair treads.
Norm installs an old door in the hallway. Roger watches a stone wall being installed in pre-made sections. Kevin visits a career day for the trades. In Rhode Island, twin built-in beds are made. Tommy re-installs a corner cabinet in the dining room.
Roger explains why some preventative tree work is needed. Homeowner Liz gets a lesson on tiling. The original black newel post is found to be walnut. The apprentices graduate after 10 weeks of hard work.
Liz helps Norm lay composite decking. Charlie makes exterior decorative brackets. Kevin watches quartz countertop installation. Roger's crew makes a new front walk. Liz puts in her stained glass window. Dry wells are needed for storm water runoff.
Tommy and Charlie install a fireback on a kitchen wall. Roger returns the roses and lilacs he saved and brings in some new plants. The island countertop goes on. Kevin watches a crew install a garage door. The wood stove finally arrives.
Kevin tours the renovated house with the homeowners. What was once Liz' childhood home has been transformed into a house for the next generation. Their kids and Joe's parents arrive to check it out.
A new series begins in Charleston, S.C., where Kevin and the team introduce two projects: a brick 1840s "single house"—unique to Charleston's historic downtown district—and a multi-generational 1890s home in a nearby transitioning neighborhood.
Demo starts on the Charleston projects. Homeowner Judith discusses planting options with Roger and then he visits a nursery that can provide what she needs. Kevin tours the American College of Building Arts. Richard goes privy diving.
An old fireplace will house a new stove. Tommy discusses using interior casework with exposed brick. The kitchen house brick needs repointing. Roger tours hidden gardens. Across town, demo continues while Tommy and Judith look at flooring options.
A new foundation starts out back while out front Roger determines if a crepe myrtle can be saved. Kevin visits Fort Sumter. The single house mantel and windows are restored and the old kitchen house will be connected to the main house.
Kevin meets a lumberjack on the Edisto River. In a house with no stud walls, Tommy watches how pipes are disguised and Richard seeks out places for HVAC equipment. Kevin learns about Single Houses. A crepe myrtle is pruned and Tommy talks termites.
The rotting porch is assessed and a new floor is made to look old at the single house.
The old piazza columns are restored offsite; some blacksmith students at a local college for the building arts fabricate the iron gate; and modern light fixtures are selected for an old house.
Judith looks at house colors starting at Rainbow Row; and Tommy inspects termite damage.
The pergola goes up; Ross tours a smart home; and kitchen cabinets are installed at the Single House.
Custom iron gate at the Charleston Single House; final tours with homeowners; send off from piazza.