Episode Descriptions

The Barrington, Rhode Island Beach House

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)

This Old House Barrington Project , Part 1 of 10, Program #3117

Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 1:30pm ET (check local listings)
The This Old House crew opens the Barrington, Rhode Island project aboard the motor sailor Liberty bound for the Ocean State via scenic Narragansett Bay. On Barrington Beach, homeowner Geoff Allen shows master carpenter Norm Abram and host Kevin O'Connor why they bought their 1925 modified cape—not for its 1950s and 1970s‐era additions, but for the outstanding location. Inside, his wife, Michelle Forcier, shows Kevin that the kitchen has not been remodeled in decades, and how they hope to remove everything that is outdated, and open the new space up to the beautiful water views. In the basement, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows Norm a fairly standard story—outdated mechanicals with low efficiency, and a 100‐amp electrical service that should be updated. While there appear to be no problems with the structure, the biggest challenge will be building to withstand the marine environment, as well as the hurricanes, wind, and sideways rain that can happen by the water. Up in Providence, Kevin meets architect Mary Brewster to look at the plans for the renovation with the help of a useful 3D software program. Norm visits local builder Andy Tiplady in Bristol, Rhode Island to see a classic new home he recently built that represents the apex of seaside living in Rhode Island. Back at the house, Andy's crew has loaded in, and Kevin lends a hand as they begin demo of the 1950s porch addition, and start gutting the first floor.

This Old House Barrington Project, Part 2 of 10, Program #3118

February 4, 2012 at 1:30pm ET (check local listings)
Host Kevin O'Connor arrives to find builder Andy Tiplady with the house wide open, his foundation in place, and framing underway. The new open floor plan requires structural steel that gets bolted and then welded in place. With the steel installed and high winds already kicking up, Andy and his crew button up the house for the impending bad weather, which turns out to be Hurricane Irene. At 82 mph, Barrington clocks the highest winds in New England, and Kevin returns to finds roads closed, power lines down, and trees crushing houses in the neighborhood. After some clean up, the crew gets back to work framing the second floor using the proper structural hardware like hold downs and hurricane clips. To learn more about the challenges of living on the coast, Kevin meets the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, Grover Fugate, to see the long term prognosis for our house, and also the lengths to which people will go to live by the water in Rhode Island.

This Old House Barrington Project, Part 3 of 10 , Program #3119

Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 1:30pm ET (check local listings)
Builder Andy Tiplady takes host Kevin O'Connor out on the water to gather provisions for an authentic Rhode Island clambake. Later, back at the project house, he shows master carpenter Norm Abram the windows we are using and how he's installing them using a custom copper pan for flashing—his preferred method in coastal situations. Kevin visits the Hurricane Research Lab at the University of Florida to see how they are protecting buildings through research, and to feel what it's like to stand in a Category 3 hurricane with the help of the world's largest portable hurricane simulator. Back in Barrington, Andy installs architectural shingles with the requisite "hurricane nailing" pattern that is required by local code. At the end of the day, it is time for the clambake down on the beach, and Andy puts Kevin to work pulling it all off just as family and friends arrive to enjoy the good life on the Rhode Island shore before the cold weather sets in.

This Old House Barrington Project, Part 4 of 10, Program #3120

Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 1:30pm ET (check local listings)
With the exterior shingles going up on the house, builder Andy Tiplady shows host Kevin O'Connor why he's using red cedar instead of white, and how he is creating the signature flair on the building between the first and second floors. Inside, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows Kevin how we are heating and cooling the house using a hydronic system that is integrated with a solar hot water system on the roof. Solar contractor Kevin Price also helps with solar panels for electricity now that the price of the panels has come down 50% in the last four years. Master carpenter Norm Abram meets Trudy Coxe, the CEO of the Preservation Society of Newport County, for a behind‐thescenes look at one of Newport's most famous mansions. At the end of the day, the insulation contractors arrive to install spray foam insulation to protect the house from howling bay breezes, and the noise of the adjacent beach.

This Old House Barrington Project, Part 5 of 10, Program #3121

Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 1:30pm ET (check local listings)
Landscape restoration specialist, Kate Venturini, arrives from the University of Rhode Island to create a sustainable coastal landscape with the help of local landscape contractor Henry Pereira. Builder Andy Tiplady finishes up the shingles and trim at the master bedroom porch just in time for local metalsmiths to install the custom copper gutter and scupper that will keep rain out of the space. Members of the URI Master Gardener's association lend a hand installing coastal tolerant and native plants on the site, while local sod grower Pat Hogan delivers a freshly harvested fescue/bluegrass blend that will require less water, less fertilizer, and less maintenance overall. Renewable energy expert Ross Trethewey makes his debut on the series by taking host Kevin O'Connor to see a lighthouse that is also an off‐the‐grid bed and breakfast for sustainability enthusiasts. Back in Barrington, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey meets solar hot water contractor Mick Dunn to see the system he's using for the house, and how he properly installs it to withstand the high winds in the area.

This Old House Barrington Project, Part 6 of 10, Program #3122

Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 1:30pm ET (check local listings)
Builder Andy Tiplady uses a less‐expensive Brazilian hardwood called garapa for the new deck, and installs it with a hidden fastening system. Carpenter Chris Aguiar uses a jig to cut straight red cedar shingles into a wave pattern designed by the architect, then passes them up to George Duarte for installation at the top of the side gable. Inside, Andy shows master carpenter Norm Abram the progress on the flooring, which is four‐inch strip red oak, and the simple details on the interior trim that will let the water views take center stage. Host Kevin O'Connor heads to Providence to meet designer Lisa Newman Paratore at her design shop to see her sense of style, and what she is pulling together for the project. Back in Barrington, Norm meets architectural millwork specialist Mark White to see the decorative polyurethane brackets he's brought for use on the exterior, and he explains why polyurethane is a better choice than PVC stock for this application.

This Old House Barrington Project, Part 7 of 10, Program #3123

Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 1:30pm ET (check local listings)
On a rainy day in Barrington, builder Andy Tiplady shows host Kevin O'Connor how he's replaced the old cracked asphalt with new concrete pavers in the driveway. Master carpenter Norm Abram visits a custom cabinet shop in Smithfield, Rhode Island to see how they are using highend cherry veneers to make a kitchen for the project with true character. Back in Barrington, installer Rick Jutras hangs the last of the wall cabinets, and scribes the refrigerator panel to fit the space. In the master bathroom, plumber David St. Angelo sets the new soaking tub in a bed of freshly mixed plaster. Painting contractor Al Girard tries out a "full spectrum" paint that relies on other pigments to deepen the colors, rather than the industry standard of black, to achieve more reflective and rich colors.

This Old House Barrington Project, Part 8 of 10, Program #3124

Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 1:30pm ET (check local listings)
Awning specialist Mike Cornell installs a new retractable awning over the deck that should stand up to the weather due to a wind sensor and fade‐resistant fabric. Inside, the Saratoga soapstone has arrived, and countertop contractor Alyssa St. Gelais shows host Kevin O'Connor how she's sealing the surface with wax, not oil, to give it a more durable finish that will last longer than an oil application. Master carpenter Norm Abram and builder Andy Tiplady dress up the half‐walls at the stair with oak caps and a scotia moulding. Then, Kevin visits Castleton, Vermont with lighting designer Evelyn Audet to see how light fixtures for the project are being made one‐by‐one by New England blacksmiths. Back in Barrington, Andy shows Norm the electric floor warming system he's using in the master bathroom. It gets mudded directly into the tile bed, which holds 12" x 12" porcelain tile that will also make up the front apron of the tub. In the side alley, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows Kevin where he's tucked away the A/C condensers, and then, inside, shows him the ERV that is in the attic, and why it is possibly the most important piece of mechanical equipment in the house.

This Old House Barrington Project, Part 9 of 10, Program #3125

Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 1:30pm ET (check local listings)
Builder Andy Tiplady sets 4" x 4" glass tile in the kitchen using a light green grout (mixed with a latex additive) as the adhesive to set the tile and give a depth of color to the backsplash that thinset would not allow. Outside, the new insulated steel garage door is up, and inside, host Kevin O'Connor works with Andy to install a garage storage system from the home center to keep the space organized. At the front deck, carpenter Chris Aguiar finishes up the cable railing system. The frame is white powder‐coated aluminum, with stainless steel cables making up horizontal "balusters". The cables are strung with Teflon washers and grommets that separate the dissimilar metals in order to prevent corrosion. Fireplace specialist Mark Galenski installs a gas stove in the corner of the living room that will become a focal point at night, when the water views are no longer visible. Electrician John Butterfield installs a new LED down light in the front hall that's perfect for retrofit applications, and lighting designer Evelyn Audet shows how she's used layers of light to create distinct spaces within the open floor plan.

This Old House Barrington Project, Part 10 of 10, Program #3126

Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 1:30pm ET (check local listings)
As the project winds down in Barrington, Rhode Island, master carpenter Norm Abram and host Kevin O'Connor congratulate builder Andy Tiplady on a job well done, while plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows homeowner Geoff Allen an advanced programmable thermostat with a 7" LCD screen. Window treatment specialist Ian Gibbs installs solar shades on the first floor, which will give some privacy and UV protection, while still allowing in light and views. Upstairs, closet designer Erin Hardy shows Kevin how she divided up the shared master closet to accommodate both ‘his and hers' spaces. Interior designer Lisa Newman Paratore shows off the final decor choices—a daughter's suite that employs timeless pieces and colors that allow the accessories to change as tastes change with age. The guest room will do double‐duty as an "away" space for adults, while the master suite is all about luxury and making the most of the ocean views. Downstairs, the homeowners' eclectic art and casual furniture groupings make for a comfortable home filled with character. Homeowner Michelle Forcier settles in to the finished kitchen as a group arrives to celebrate the conclusion of another great This Old House project.