Episode Descriptions


Season 11: Concord, MA
1835 Barn
This project premiered on PBS
October 1989
20 half-hour episodes; Programs #901-920

Program #901
This Old House returns for its eleventh season with our master carpenter, who introduces the series' new host. The guys survey the new project: an 1835 barn in Concord, Massachusetts, and talk to the homeowners, Lynn and Barbara, who want to dismantle and rebuild the barn and live in it.

Program #902
The guys send homeowners Lynn and Barbara to Nantucket, while they visit a barn that has been remodeled into a home, and take a look at a timber-frame house designed by Jock Gifford. In Concord, the farm's old gas tank is removed.

Program #903
Timber-frame expert Tedd Benson and the crew dismantle the barn. Homeowners Barbara and Lynn meet with designer Jock Gifford to plan their new home, and visit a nearby carriage house that had been converted to a residence.

Program #904
Down the hill from the building site in Concord, well-driller Dave Haynes prepares to fill a well. The guys work on the foundation, and a septic tank is installed.

Program #905
We travel to Brattleboro, Vermont to take a look at a factory where stress-skin panels are made. After openings for doors and windows are cut, these panels will be applied to the barn's post-and-beam frame. In his Alstead, New Hampshire, workshop, timber-framer Tedd Benson shows us how traditional post-and-beam buildings are designed using computer-aided-design technology.

Program #906
At the Concord site, Tedd Benson and other members of the Timber Framers Guild of North America lead a workshop where students learn how to measure, cut and join timbers for the barn's post-and-beam frame. We then go to Wiscassett, Maine, to visit a sawmill and watch as a tree is transformed into timbers ready for use in the barn's frame.

Program #907
The barn's massive frame is put up by hand at an old-fashioned barn-raising, and topped off with a tree for good fortune.

Program #908
Stress-skin panels are installed over the barn's finished frame, and work on the well is completed.

Program #909
Custom-made windows are installed in the Concord barn, and deluxe skylights that feature one-step installation bring light into the great space and bedrooms. The crew hangs clapboards that the homeowners have stained on both sides, and landscape architect Tom Wirth discusses landscaping possibilities.

Program #910
A concrete slab is poured in the basement. The crew reviews the progress of the barn renovation.

Program #911
The well is connected to the house, and our host discusses the barn's new plumbing system with Richard Trethewey. Mason Roger Hopkins builds a stone wall on the barn's front exposure.

Program #912
Tom Wirth reviews the progress of the landscaping work. Barbara visits a kitchen design center.

Program #913
Richard Trethewey explains the barn's new heating system. Drywalling begins, an air-exchanger is installed, and landscaping work continues.

Program #914
Richard Trethewey takes viewers on a tour of a boiler factory in Battenberg, West Germany, where parts of the barn's high-tech heating system were manufactured.

Program #915
A custom stairway is installed in the Concord barn, and we visit Neenah, Wisconsin, to see how the structure was manufactured.

Program #916
Our host takes a side trip to a futuristic show house in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where plastic is used in novel ways. After Richard Trethewey shows how plastic piping has been laid for the barn's radiant heating system, lightweight concrete is poured on the first floor.

Program #917
Terra-cotta tiling begins. The crew cases and frames the doors and windows. We then visit a plant in Western Massachusetts where shingles and other asphalt products are recycled to make a paving material that will be used on the driveway of the Concord barn.

Program #918
Tiling continues in the guest bathroom, while lighting fixtures are installed along the beams in the great space. At the workshop, the guys build library doors.

Program #919
The barn nears completion as wide pine flooring is laid and the kitchen appliances are installed. Richard Trethewey shows us a West German Plumbing fixture factory.

Program #920
The Project draws to a close as Jean Lemmon, editor-in-chief of Country Home magazine, tours the finished barn.