As for the floors, Tom says sixty percent of the thresholds still had to be stained, finished, and placed at every doorway. "We do the saddles the same way they did 100 years ago," he says, "so they'll look old and allow the floors to expand and contract beneath."

Besides the air conditioning, an air-to-air exchanger, or heat recovery system, has to be connected. This system, tied into the HVAC, brings fresh air into the house, and is necessary because houses are built so air-tight these days.

Outdoor projects on the list included the house's siding and gutters. The garage door, which is the original barn door, is eight inches too short (because the barn now stands eight inches higher than it originally did) and had to be lengthened. This will be accomplished by extending the frame with old lumber and new boards planed to look like old. Once the garage door was done, the stone courtyard could be finished. The substrate is already down, but because of the cold weather, Tom said they'd have to section off areas and warm them with propane heaters to lay the tiles. "This is a part of the project that should be done later—like in June."

The house's exterior paint job, and the landscaping, stone wall, and exterior lighting were on Tom's lengthy list, too. In the meantime, the house is on the market and fans had the rare opportunity to see the craftsmanship of the This Old House team up close and personal when the house opened to visitors as a designer showcase from April 15 to May 29. To ensure the future of tradespeople like Tom, Norm, Rich, and Roger, This Old House, in conjunction with the National Building Museum in Washington, has set up a scholarship endowed with profits from show-house tours, and a portion of the profits from the sale of the Carlisle house.
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