Season 32 - The Auburndale House Episodes
In the last episode of the Auburndale project, we review the entire house and the entire team celebrates seven months of hard work with the traditional wrap party on the banks of Charles River.
New wireless security systems, marble kitchen-window stool, granite countertops and "His and hers" closets are installed. We see the high-efficiency HVAC system. Tom shows a new "smart lock".
A new custom pergola is installed. Tom modifies the staircase to match the house’s design. Roger preps garden beds for planting a tall birch and perennials. Tom installs a click-together floor.
Roger installs a walkway with fieldstone. Tom shows Kevin how to recognize a quality cabinet and kitchen island. A bathroom gets new black and white tile. Norm boxes in the sunroom ceiling beams.
Tom puts down new-generation composite decking. New paint promises richer colors and low VOCs—Mauro shows Kevin how it performs. A few simple modifications to the fireplace mantel updates its style.
Roger sets footings for the new pergola and selects a vine for the front yard. Norm and Tom trim the first-floor windows. Norm uses pitching sticks to create a mud job at the base of the new shower.
Jen shows her plan for the front yard. Kevin blends old plaster work with new. Roger safely takes down a Norway maple. Kevin and Norm tour Boston and the Charles River. Henrique stains cedar shingles.
Tom blends new basement with old using acrylic stucco. Tom waterproofs the new entry roof. Four kinds of insulation is installed: eco-friendly batt, cellulose, and open- and closed-cell spray foam.
Norm and Tom patch sidewall shingles. Richard installs ductwork for a hydronic HVAC system. Rough electrical finishes with 4-inch, dimmable LED recessed lights. Norm and Tom install a pocket door.
Richard installs floor-warming radiant heat. A new basement floor and footings are poured. The team makes aesthetic decisions. Tom installs vinyl clad windows to reveal the Charles River view.
Tom and Norm frame the sunroom’s roof and install deck underlayment. Richard shows an expensive new change order on the back-to-back basement bathrooms. Kevin learns about photographer Jules Aarons.
Norm checks the new front entry. Tom turns the flat roof into a pitched one. We review the new kitchen layout. Roger shows native and non-native species. Norm and Tom set new deck footings.
Tom levels the kitchen floor. Norm frames the first floor. Richard sees how the Charles River has been formed engineering projects. Tom and Kevin contends with the termites and carpenter ants.
Tom uses a crane to lift a 17-foot steel beam. Norm sees the insulated concrete forms used for the foundations and above-grade walls. Tom and Kevin discuss new lead laws and the kitchen is gutted.
Roger preps for the new foundation of the entry hall. The sun porch gets demolished. Norm visits the original gatehouse. A team of concrete cutters cuts through the 10-inch concrete foundation walls.
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