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Season 34 - The Essex House Episodes

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S34 E26: A Home for Mom and Dad

Norm and Kevin visit an antiques shop. A Dutch door is fitted. Kevin sees new lighting and the living area. Richard shows the basement. Norm sees the caregiver suite. The homeowner’s parents arrive.

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S34 E25: Design for Everyone

Richard talks the geothermal system. The mudroom is tiled. Kevin tours a Seattle home. Tom installs countertops. A contractor fits the window trim pieces. Tom brings in an antique farm table.

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S34 E24: Tiling, Floor Stains

An installer lays new tile. A mason parges the top of the brick chimney. The flooring is stained. Norm meets the carpenter who restored Daryl Hall’s estate. A mud job forms the bed for hearth tiles.

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S34 E23: Shiplap Walls, Finished Yard

Norm meets a shipwright. Tom puts up barn boards. Kevin sees the finished patio and plantings as well as a house designed for ALS. Hearth tiles are laid. Tom builds a mantel from reclaimed oak.

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S34 E22: Rustic Plaster, Advanced Septic

Insulation and drywall go up at the cottage. Richard gets a look at septic innovation. Norm brings out the decorative timbers and he and Tom fabricate the final joint and install the pieces.

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S34 E21: Standing-Seam Roof, Lighting Rods

Kevin and Roger explore the Essex clamming scene. Richard talks rough plumbing and ductwork progress. Radiant floor panels, a lightning rod, and a metal roof are fitted. Roger makes a bluestone patio.

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S34 E20: Cottage Style

Tom and Kevin pick window trim. Richard brings Kevin up to speed on the geothermal installation, and two 350-foot deep wells are drilled. Dynamite is used to make space for the pipe.

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S34 E19: Water Feature, Geothermal Heat

Roger restores the water feature. Kevin and Richard revive a water well. An electrician digs a trench to the street. Ross Trethewey explains why the site is ideal for geothermal heating and cooling.

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S34 E18: One-Level Living

Tom repairs water damage. He and Norm replace a sill. Kevin sees the plan for the patio. Roger adds veneer to the walls. Norm meets a Bucksport architect to see the accessible house he designed.

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S34 E17: Human Centered Design, Demolition

Kevin visits the Institute for Human Centered Design. Tom and Roger level out the site in Essex. Norm, Tom, and Kevin remove a dormer and frame the kitchen roof. Roger makes retaining walls.

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S34 E16: A Cottage in the Woods

The season’s second project finds Norm and Kevin back on Cape Ann, in Essex, Massachusetts. John and Julie Corcoran hope to turn their 1935 English-style cottage into an accessible in-law residence.