This Old House TV heads to the coast of New Jersey to follow the post-Superstorm Sandy rebuilding efforts in three communities.
An 1880s Shore cottage that's been in the same family for more than 30 years. A home originally built in the 1950s that had been updated just a couple of years ago. A 1940s house that its owner had finally paid off. Just one year after Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, the This Old House TV crew will visit the New Jersey Shore for an eight-part special series that will report on the rebuilding of these three homes, all severely damaged during the storm.
This season will be like no other in TOH's history. Instead of featuring start-to-finish renovations, Norm Abram, Richard Trethewey, and the rest of the crew will be documenting the many obstacles that these homeowners face as they scramble to make repairs before the next hurricane season begins. They'll take a real-world look at the thicket of regulatory issues, construction challenges, and financial headaches that have confronted thousands of families whose homes were hard-hit during the 2012 hurricane.
Drawing on a network of neighbors, longtime homeowners Jed and Christine Laird and their two children will see their 1880s cottage in Bay Head restored and raised above the flood zone. The Lairds' contractor is a high-school friend of Christine's, and a local architect is helping them rework the floor plan and navigate complex FEMA requirements. "To look on the bright side here, at least we'll have a brand-new kitchen when it's all over," says Jed.
For Carlos and Maria Santos and their three children, whose house in mainland Point Pleasant, originally built in the 1950s and expanded in the 1980s, suffered extensive flood damage, the post-storm reconstruction "has been a real struggle," says Carlos. Like most houses in the area, the Santos's must be raised on pilings, and the first-floor interior will be rebuilt to its previous layout and specifications.
"I have wonderful memories of my house; my family had great times there," says Rita Gurry, a semi-retired nurse whose 1940s cottage, located on mainland Manasquan, could not be salvaged. "There was never any question that I wanted it back." Gurry's home will be razed and replaced by a new modular house, which will be built on stilts and partly customized to her needs.
New episodes of the Jersey Shore rebuilding projects begin airing on October 3, 2013, on PBS. Check local listings for dates and times in your area. And if you want more details about these projects right now, check out our show project blog, Old House My House, where TOH TV host Kevin O'Connor will be adding his own born-and-bred Jersey-boy angle to documenting the progress on the three houses over the spring and summer.
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