Episode Descriptions

The Charlestown Greek Revival Rowhouse

This Old House, Charlestown 2014 House Project

This project premieres on PBS Saturdays at 1:30pm ET (check local listings)

Also in prime time exclusively on PBS Thursdays in the first half of The This Old House Hour at 8pm ET (check local listings).

Program #3401
Charlestown 2014 House Project, Part 1 of 8
Thursday, October 02, 2014 at 1:30pm ET (check local listings)

In celebration of 35 years of This Old House, this season begins in Boston's oldest neighborhood: Charlestown. Our new project is part of a cluster of 1850s-era Greek Revival houses tucked into the backside of Bunker Hill. Homeowner Angela Daigle loves the period feel and features of her home, but wants to update its run-down details. Norm and Tom begin demo on the first floor, as downstairs, Kevin, Richard and mason Mark McCullough start digging into the project.

Program #3402
Charlestown 2014 House Project | Brick Rowhouse Blues, Part 2 of 8
Thursday, October 09, 2014 at 1:30pm ET (check local listings)

Kevin arrives to find Tom building a new structural wall to solve the major problem of the exterior walls bowing out from the weight of the roof over 160 years. Richard shows Kevin the result of two weeks of hand digging and a week of rough plumbing in the basement. Norm shows Kevin how the roof has been under-structured since it was originally built. Norm revisits the townhouse we renovated in Charlestown 14 years ago. Tom shows Kevin how he's going to open up the back wall for the new bump out.

Program #3403
The Charlestown 2014 House | A Bridge to Charlestown , Part 3 of 8
Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 1:30pm ET (check local listings)

Richard gets up close and personal with one of Charlestown's most iconic structures—the Zakim Bridge. Tom shows Kevin how he'll have to modify the old chimney for the new gas fireplace units, and they see the framing of the new bump out for the breakfast area. Mason Mark McCullough presents options for rebuilding the decaying retaining walls and then installs the homeowner's choice: an interlocking concrete system with a bluestone cap. Norm visits a salvage yard in Boston's South End that has dozens of architectural elements from the Greek Revival period. Richard shows Kevin the progress on the rough plumbing and electrical.

Program #3404
The Charlestown 2014 House | Wood & Water , Part 4 of 8
Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 1:30pm ET (check local listings)

Richard tours the last wooden whaling ship in the world, the Charles W. Morgan. Architect Sally DeGan tells Norm that the new dormer was finally approved and Tom shows its progress, and how he's carefully waterproofing its low slope roof. Inside, Kevin sees that insulation went in a few days ago and wallboard is going up. Mason Mark McCullough installs a reclaimed brick veneer on the new kitchen bump out. Kevin drops in to see kitchen designer Kathy Marshall working on the interior design details with homeowner Angela Daigle. Norm and Tom replace the fake, applied vinyl shutters on our house with authentic, operable shutters make out of durable fiberglass & PVC.

Program #3405
The Charlestown 2014 House | Gardens and Greek Revival, Part 5 of 8
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 1:30pm ET (check local listings)

Roger visits the Sullivan Square Community Garden, while Richard works with fireplace expert John Sullivan to rough in the ductwork for the new direct vent gas fireplace units. With plaster work and flooring completed, Norm and Tom add some subtle Greek Revival details to the interior window trim package. For inspiration for her own urban garden, Roger takes homeowner Angela Daigle to see some the hidden gardens of Beacon Hill. Painting contractor Mauro Henrique paints the exterior window trim on our rowhouse, and puts up samples of a few bold color choices for the new front door.