Episode Descriptions


Season Nine: Westwood, MA
1785 Weatherbee Farmhouse
This project premiered on PBS
October 1987
19 half-hour episodes; Programs #701-720

Program #701
The ninth season of This Old House gets underway as our host tours Weatherbee Farm, a 1785 farmhouse, with homeowners Bill and Cynthia and architectural historian Sara Chase from the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.

Program #702
Our master carpenter assesses the condition of Weatherbee Farm and architect Mary Otis Stevens discusses plans for restoration of this 1785 landmark structure. Our heating and plumbing expert pays a visit to the new project, and discusses heating and cooling systems with the homeowners.

Program #703
Our master carpenter continues to assess the condition of Weatherbee Farm. Architect Mary Otis Stevens shows homeowner Cynthia the model she has created of the farm. Our host and homeowner Bill help out as the dismantling of the ell begins.

Program #704
Our host and master carpenter discuss the progress of the Weatherbee Farm restoration. Lead removal expert John Vega inspects the house, Richard Trethewey discusses heating plans for the new kitchen wing and shows the homeowners the radiant heat system I his own house. The foundation for the new wind is poured, the homeowners steam off wallpaper from the plaster walls, and electrician Buddy Bisnaw stops by to discuss rewiring the house with our host.

Program #705
Our master carpenter supervises the raising of the wall that finishes enclosing the partially framed new kitchen addition. Our host checks in with the homeowners and gives an update on the restorations progress.

Program #706
Our host and master carpenter install true divided light French doors in Weatherbee Farm's new kitchen addition. Homeowners Bill and Cynthia start roofing the addition with Western red cedar shingles. An asbestos removal expert shows us how this hazardous material is removed from the basement pipes.

Program #707
Our host gives an update on the progress of the Weatherbee Farm restoration. Windows are installed in the new wing, and our host takes viewers to the Bayport, Minnesota, to visit a state-of-the-art window factory that covers 50 acres.

Program #708
Our host and master painter Sam Perry of the Edward K. Perry Paint Company discuss the preparation of Weatherbee Farm for exterior painting. Insulation specialist Larry Gordon determines the insulation needs of the house and master carpenter installs fir decking on the front porch. In the cellar, the old furnace and pipes—now free of their asbestos insulation—are removed.

Program #709
Our master carpenter crafts decorative arches for the exterior of the new kitchen addition and installs them over the French doors. Our host supervises as decorative balusters are lathed, and insulation is blown in to the existing structure. In Weatherbee Farm's front parlor, the ceiling is replaced.

Program #710
Work starts on the deck railings, and our master carpenter shows our host how to turn decorative balusters on a lathe. Painting foreman Chester Glowacz gives step-by-step instruction on painting window sash, while inside, the new addition is insulated.

Program #711
Exterior work on Weatherbee Farm continues as paint and restoration specialist Sam Perry supervises preparation of the house for painting, starting with priming. A special European technique is used to line the aged chimney to make it safe for modern heating systems. Our host sees how new wooden gutters are installed on the front porch. Then he and landscape architect Tom Wirth discuss plans for the grounds.

Program #712
Our host and master painter Sam Perry discuss the progress of Weatherbee Farm's exterior paint work. The new addition is blueboarded, and plaster Calvin Mills deminstates his art. Security systems specialist Edmund F. Baker shows us the hard-wired security system recommended for the house. Our master carpenter instructs homeowner Bill in replacing window sash cords.

Program #713
Our master carpenter installs barnboard from the old well at one end of the new kitchen addition. Tom McGrath stops by to discuss restoring the new wellhead for a decorative feature. A new driveway is excavated and paved with bankrun.

Program #714
Our host visits a New Hampshire mill, where reproduction shutters are crafted using 19th century equipment. At Weatherbee Farm, the front porch has a new rubber membrane roof, and master carpenter hangs shutters.

Program #715
The outside of Weatherbee Farm is the focus, as a stone wall is built in the garden area, work starts on a brick walk. Inside, the guys uncover some of the hardwood floor in search of a fireplace hearth.

Program #716
At Weatherbee Farm, landscaping proceeds as shrubs and flowers are planted, and the renovated wellhead is installed. In the dining room, master carpenter uncovers some of the hardwood floor in search of a fireplace hearth.

Program #717
Southern yellow, pine flooring is laid over the new radiant heat system in the Weatherbee Farm's kitchen addition. At our master carpenter's workshop, the guys show how the vanity for the new master bathroom was built. Our host looks at the title to be installed in the shower stall of the new master bath and tries out a new system for removing paint.

Program #718
Cast acrylic countertops and sink and handcrafted, custom-made cabinets are installed in Weatherbee Farm's new kitchen addition, and our host visits the workshop where the countertops were fabricated. Our master carpenter demonstrates a new table saw. Outside, new picket-style fencing is installed in the garden and surface gravel is spread on the driveway.

Program #719
A specialist from the E.K. Perry Paint Company demonstrates the art of sponge painting in Weatherbee Farm's living room. Artisan Jeannie Serpa shows us the art of painting in the faux marble technique. Wallpaper is hung in the nursery and Jeff Hoskings refinishes a floor.

Program #720
Our host lead us on a tour of the finished and decorated Weatherbee Farm with interior designer Jean LeMon. Upstairs, designer Joe Ruggiero shows us simple decorating techniques used in the master bedroom and bath.