For the second half of our 40th television season, This Old House is returning to Brookline, Massachusetts, to renovate a mid-century modern home for a family of three. New apprentices Erick Ellison and Carly Comitino were selected in our third Generation NEXT search to find aspiring apprentices to learn alongside the TOH crew. Learn more about our new apprentices below.
Erick Ellison is a 27-year-old from Plains, Montana, who wants to transform his basic understanding of carpentry into the know-how he needs to one day become the business owner of a community workshop and tool rental company. As a kid, Erick annoyed his family by watching and rewatching (and rewatching, and rewatching, and rewatching…) a two-and-a-half-hour film about how to build a log cabin. It was then, Erick says, that he realized he enjoyed the design and creativity required to build a home. After graduating with a B.S. in Resource, Recreation, and Tourism from the University of Idaho, Erick began a career in engineering. He’s “yet to find a trade [he doesn’t] enjoy” and is looking forward to learning from the various and extensive skillsets of the This Old House crew to facilitate his career change to the building trades.
When Carly Comitino was in middle school, renovations on her family home stopped abruptly before the house was complete. A new contractor eventually picked up the job, quickly realizing that previous work was shoddy. Needless to say, Carly wasn’t set on a career in the building trades after that, but she knew she loved to help others. Carly eventually entered the US Naval Academy and now, at 22 years old, finds herself decommissioned after injuring her knee. She returned home to pursue a B.S. in Political Science from LIU Post and to learn more about the trades through apprenticeships.
Her first foray into construction was during high school, when she and her classmates finished an old Victorian house to be used as a student center for video and recording; now, she’s combining that experience with ThisOldHouse.com videos to renovate her family’s kitchen into a laundry room, install an in-ground sprinkler system, and construct a greenhouse. Ultimately, Carly would like to help people by being a fair and honest contractor, attaching her future company to a “TOMS Shoes” kind of non-profit that would provide construction services to those in need. “A house becomes a home when it’s comfortable and livable in an environment that can grow a family or grow happiness,” she says.
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