After hard work by the Polks, the TOH TV crew, and the Detroit community, the renovation is complete! Take a look at the before and after comparisons room-by-room as photographed by Kevin O’Connor for his eleventh and final photo album of the house.
Many local volunteers showed up to help on the Detroit project, and "it was the highlight of this project, working with these people," says Kevin. Meet some of them in Kevin’s tenth photo album.
Land that once supported downtown buildings or homes is now used to grow fruits, vegetables, and other crops for the community. Follow along with Kevin as he explores different gardens and programs in his ninth Detroit photo album.
This season, the TOH TV crew is also following a team from the Rehabbed & Ready program as they tackle renovations on another previously-abandoned home in Detroit. See behind-the-scenes photos in Kevin’s latest photo journal from his time in the city
The new tile for the Polks’ fireplace surround will be created by Pewabic, Michigan’s only historic pottery. See photos of the process and product in Kevin’s seventh photo album from Detroit.
Classic techniques meet new technology in an effort to restore the beautiful details of the plaster molding throughout the Polks’ home. Follow along in Kevin’s sixth photo album from Detroit to see how it was done.
In Kevin O’Connor’s fifth Detroit photo album, we get an up-close view of the windows, leaded glass treasures with stained glass crests.
Sometimes the only way to repair something is to start from scratch. Look through Kevin’s fourth Detroit photo album to see the crew at work (and an extra pic of the host himself!)
Stained-glass crests, plasterwork, and tile are only a few of the features in the Russell Woods home that encouraged the TOH TV team to check out its potential. Kevin O’Connor captures many of them here in the third chapter of his photo album.
In this second chapter of Kevin O’Connor’s photo album, you’ll see the abandoned homes that have put Detroit in the perfect position to build itself up again.
Nine months after it went up for auction, an abandoned 1939 house makes a stunning comeback
Explore our progress on the kitchen, living room, roof, and windows during the renovation and restoration of the Detroit house. This season kicks off on PBS on March 30. Check local listings.
Did you know that TOH TV host Kevin O'Connor is a skilled amateur photographer? And that he often brings his camera with him to the TOH job site? This season, we'll be sharing Kevin's favorite behind-the-scenes photos from the Detroit house. This is the first gallery in a series of weekly photo albums, so make sure you check in for more of Kevin's photos all season long. The Detroit house starts airing on PBS on March 30, 2017. Check local listings.
A 1939 Russell Woods-area home is restored with help from the community. Watch full episodes on demand here
Take a sneak peek at TOH Detroit in our final Web series episode. New episodes return March 30
Full episodes for our Detroit season of TOH start airing on March 30. In the meantime, go behind the scenes to learn more about the unique renovation process
Though there are plenty of houses in Detroit, the Polks knew immediately that this was their home. Enjoy a special behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming season of TOH TV
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Go behind the scenes of the 36th season of This Old House, with a new Web series from the producers
Have you met the 17 Up-and-Comers in our Generation Next program? These young men and women are getting the training they need to go the trade route—and they're proud to be building hands-on careers. Here are three amazing young tradespeople who worked on This Old House TV's breathtaking Detroit House
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