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Sweenor Builders Breaks Ground on This Old House's 2018 Idea House in Narragansett, Rhode Island

We are excited to be partnering with Union Studio and Sweenor Builders for our 2018 TOH Idea House in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The 2,700-square-foot Craftsman-style cottage with abundant built-ins, a guest quarters over the garage, and dreamy spaces for outdoor “staycation” living

Narragansett, RI, April 12, 2018 – Sweenor Builders, Inc. is pleased to announce the start of construction on the THIS OLD HOUSE 2018 IDEA HOUSE in Narragansett, Rhode Island. This Old House® has teamed up with Sweenor Builders for a second time to build the one-of-a-kind home on Robinson Street in Narragansett’s historic pier.

The fourth annual Idea House from the trusted home renovation brand, the home will be featured in the October and November/December issues of This Old House Magazine and in segments of the 2018-2019 season of the Emmy Award-winning TV series This Old House. On, a webcam is already capturing the build, and digital content will begin showcasing the from-the-ground-up building process in May with fresh takeaways, innovative products, and how-to instruction that home enthusiasts can incorporate into their own remodels and new-builds.

Designed by the award-winning, Providence-based Union Studio Community Architecture & Design, the 2,700-square-foot cottage has classic Craftsman-style curb appeal and modern looks inside. Located less than a mile from the town beach, it epitomizes what buyers are looking for today: a smaller home that lives large in a tight-knit neighborhood, plenty of bespoke built-ins, luxury amenities including a home gym, dedicated media room and butler’s pantry, and an easy-care backyard designed for “staycation” living. Kristen Martone, Sweenor’s in-house designer and owner of Graceke Design, will lead Interior Design on the project. The house will be for sale beginning in September, and House plan blueprints will be available for sale on in November from The House Designers.

“Our firm is deeply vested in creating a vibrant village neighborhood in Narragansett, so this is a truly special project for us,” shares Jeff Sweenor, President and CEO. “We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with This Old House. We look forward to collaborating with their team to build a unique home that celebrates one of our favorite neighborhoods.”

Standout features include:

• Expansive kitchen and butler’s pantry

• Living room with soaring, trussed ceiling

• Screened-in dining porch

• 2 master ensuites

• 2 additional bedrooms

• Guest quarters over a two-car garage

• 4 ½ bathrooms, plus an outdoor shower

• 2 laundry rooms (1st and 2nd floor)

• A dedicated media room and home gym

• Patio with spa, fire pit, pergola swings, outdoor kitchen and open-air shower

A stunning showcase for the latest building products and trending décor, The TOH 2018 Idea House has already attracted an impressive roster of sponsors including: AdvanTech, American Standard, Andersen Windows and Patio Doors, Aquor Water Systems, Arnold Lumber, Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods, Barn Light Electric, The BILCO Company, Champion Power Equipment, Circa Lighting, Clarkson Lighting, DaVinci Roofscapes, Discover Personal Loans, Eldorado Stone, GCP Applied Technologies, Haas Door, House of Antique Hardware, Leviton, LIFESPAN Solid Select, Olympic Paint & Stain, Panasonic Eco Solutions, Real Cedar, Rinnai, Rockwool, Schluter Systems, Sleep Number, VELUX No Leak Skylights, and ZIP System.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for manufacturers and retailers of appliances, fireplaces, pavers, landscaping plants, countertops, furnishings and accessories, consumer electronics, landscaping, and smart home tech. Interested manufacturers can contact

The public will be invited to tour the home during an Open House Celebration Party, September 8, 2018, from 12-4pm. Details will be announced in the months ahead. To learn more, visit:

About Sweenor Builders

Based in coastal Rhode Island, Sweenor Builders Incorporated is an award-winning builder of luxury custom homes. The firm’s portfolio features a full range of in-house design/build and interior design services, as well as collaborations with New England’s leading architects. Founded in 1989, the company has become one of Southern Rhode Island’s most sought-after builders thanks to the guiding principles of its President and CEO Jeff Sweenor. He surrounds himself with craftsman who share his passion for delivering rewarding client experiences, and quality homes that last for generations. For more information, visit:

About This Old House Ventures, LLC

This Old House Ventures, LLC, is America’s No. 1 multiplatform home-enthusiast brand, providing trusted information and expert advice through its award-winning television shows, This Old House and Ask This Old House, its highly regarded This Old House magazine, and its inspiration- and information-driven digital properties, including This Old House and Ask This Old House are produced by This Old House Ventures, LLC, and are presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. National underwriting for This Old House TV is provided by GMC, The Home Depot, State Farm Insurance Company, Marvin Windows, Lumber Liquidators, and Gorilla Glue. Established as This Old House Ventures, LLC, the company is headquartered in Stamford, CT, with offices in New York, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Concord, MA.

About Union Studio Architecture & Community Design

Union Studio was founded in 2001 with the goal of making an impactful civic contribution to communities of all types through exemplary architecture and urban design. The firm served as the architects on the Concord Riverwalk project and received an Honorable Mention from the New England Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for their work on the project. The Union team embraces a traditional, pedestrian-friendly approach to design featuring vibrant, beautiful spaces that help to enrich our communal and civic life. For more information, visit:

About The House Designers

Established in 2001, The House Designers is one of the leading house plan providers on the web, owned by and representing the top residential architectural firms in the United States. Offering thousands of ready-to-build blueprints in more than 60 stylistic and specialty collections, builders and consumers continue to find the perfect designs for their builds with this experienced team. The House Designers aims to provide individualized support for each customer regardless of construction background. Drawing from this commitment, The House Designers launched a new responsive website in early 2016 to make shopping for designs even easier. For more information, visit: