S44 E24: New Life
A granite water table is installed on the 1720 house. Original roof boards are installed on the ell ceiling. A fieldstone wall is built, and a young carpenter talks about his return to the trades.
S44 E23: Factory Built
The 1720 Cape Ann project home is halfway through construction. A water harvesting system is installed in the yard. The old barn is replaced with a new boathouse built in a factory and assembled onsite in one day.
S44 E22: First Things First
HVAC ducts are hidden in the gambrel. A cinderblock enclosure is covered to mimic the old stone foundation. Damage to an original gunstock post is repaired. New clapboards are weaved into the old.
S44 E21: Exposing Problems
The roof is insulated from the outside. Framing presents a challenge for running pipes. A lighting solution for the new ell is devised, and a lesson is given on how to properly waterproof a roof.
S44 E20: Rebuilding Centuries
The old ell has been reassembled, and the new fireplace is constructed. A steel beam is craned into place to carry the weight of the roof in the new ell. The homeowner shops for a kitchen countertop.
S44 E19: Below Grade Plumbing
A fireplace is demoed; but the chimney is saved. Restoration of the timber frame begins. A sewer ejector is installed. The steel ridge beam for the new ell is prepped. Kevin goes clamming.
S44 E18: Careful Considerations
The timber frame structure of the ell is disassembled to be rebuilt later. A clapboard manufacturer in Maine is visited. Fireplace designs are discussed. The homeowner considers a new house color.
S44 E17: Prep-Work
The house is supported while the foundation is demoed. A plan is devised to raise the timber frame in the ell. An old cistern is examined. Drainage issues are addressed. A book from 1826 is found.
S44 E16: Secrets Behind the Wall
The architect explains the architectural features of a first period gambrel and shares his plans for improvement. Demo starts in the ell. The town historian gives a tour of a 1717 first period home.
S44 E15: This Really Old House
The crew takes on a first period home in the town of Ipswich, MA. A brief history on heating first period homes is given. The homeowners get a lesson on how to properly salvage the old floors.