Residents of Paradise, California woke on the morning of Nov. 18, 2018, to find their quiet town overtaken by an uncontrollable wildfire. The fire would burn thousands of homes, businesses, schools and make it difficult to escape—resulting in 85 deaths. This Old House follows three families on their emotional journey as they rebuild their homes.
Kevin, Richard, and Tom follow a family on their journey to restore an abandoned house in Detroit. The city has a program to bring these empty houses back to life, revitalizing the neighborhoods.
The number of people entering the building trades is declining. This Old House launched the Generation Next initiative to encourage young people to consider the trades as a viable profession.
Follow the renovation of an 1887 dark, divided two-family home to a bright, open Scandinavian-style one-family, in this one-episode summer special.
Illegal fireworks caused a fire in the Dorchester triple decker. Charlie Silva along with local contractors put this house back together. After a long wait, Carol and family can now move back home.
It’s been over a year and a half since the fire, and the triple decker is just about ready for the homeowners to return. Kevin O’Connor checks out what’s left to do in all three units, both inside and out.
The apprentices attend a roofing class and then put their skills to practice. Back at the triple-decker, a vinyl floor goes in, Mauro touches up the cabinets, and Tom and Charlie install French doors.
Tom and Kevin reinstall cabinets that survived the fire, and Tom teaches apprentices to trim a window. HVAC contractor James shows Richard the plan for hot water, while Homeowner Carol and her sister shop for appliances.
Mauro works with the apprentices to fix plaster damage, and Richard meets fellow plumber Ronnette about the new sprinkler system. Then, Homeowner Carol and her sister shop for tile, and the glass doors get repaired by an expert.
Tom Silva works with new apprentices, and Kevin meets them and learns about YouthBuild. Homeowner Carol looks at kitchen cabinets and counters. Then, Richard works with James on separate HVAC systems.