Season 16 - The Napa Valley House Episodes
The final day. The final party begins, with thanks to the hard work of contractor Jim Nolan, foreman Jeff Castille, and their crew, who conquer once-in-a-century rains to bring the job in on time.
the rains continue, and so does progress. Norm follows the installation of the solid-surface countertop, while Richard Trethewey points out the important features of the new hot-water system.
Steve tours the exterior with Jim Nolan, seeing fir decking, trim details, redwood siding. Norm visits a nearby factory where wine barrels are made from American oak.
Contractor Jim Nolan shows Norm what has had to be done to save the old front porch: the chimney has been torn down. The roofing crew strips and sheathes the old roof, which has been straightened and reinforced with purlins and braces.
Steve starts the show with a visit to Napa Valley’s oldest wooden gravity-feed winery, home of Trefethen Vineyards. At the site, Norm meets plumber George Biter, who shows his rough work, including ABS and cast iron piping.
Steve and Norm open the show in sandbagged downtown Napa, then head to the job. Foreman Jeff Castille and crew have spent the week leveling the kitchen area with steel beams and hydraulic jacks.
Work begins. Jim Nolan’s crew tears off the back porch with a backhoe. Norm visits architect Jon Lail’s office to see the proposed kitchen addition and is treated to a "virtual reality" walk-through of the space.
Steve and Norm head to a 1906 farmhouse inCalifornia’s Napa Valley. The house is in need of a new, larger and brighter kitchen, as well as a new roof and a reinforced foundation.
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