Season 2 - The Newton House Episodes
Bob Vila opens show outside the completed Bigelow House—final show of the season—gives a rundown for the show.
Bob Vila shows us the progress they have made. We look at the installation of a parquet floor and see some kitchen cabinets. An interior decorator gives advice on how to fill the space.
A heat pump gets installed in the barn unit, a countertop is made for a bathroom. Norm begins paneling with white cedar. Bob takes a side trip to North Carolina to see white cedar being milled.
Bob Vila inspects custom kitchen cabinets in Barn, checks on plaster work upstairs. Landscape architect Tom Wirth talks about brick paving and takes us on a tour of a granite quarry.
Bob Vila takes a look at spiral staircases and a factory where they are made, we look at reproducing the orginal fireplace tiles, and we look some modern kitchen appliances.
Plans are made for a new garage, Norm makes a winding stairway in the Barn, a range is installed in the kitchen, and the sunroom gets a copper roof.
A sun room is created, a ceramic tile floor is laid in the kitchen, we look at ceiling fans, and a fireplace gets a new stone face.
Norm Abram installs unusual floor-to-ceiling triple-sash windows, Charlie the finish carpenter installs locks and door knobs, and kitchen cabinets are installed.
Bob Vila tours the Barn unit, goes over problems with the hardwood floors in the Main House, and takes a look at a selection of brass locks and hardware for the doors.
Bob Vila reviews plans for the interior of the Barn unit, discusses issues with flooring, has a sink installed, and looks at door repair.
The crawlspace in the barn unit gets a concrete floor, we take a look at parquet flooring, we get a lesson in tile grouting, and we talk about landscaping.
Bob Vila shows progress made in the house with roofing and plastering, and meet with Charlie English, who gives a lesson on the finer points of a mud job (tiling the bathroom).
We check on the bathroom tiling, some electrical work (lighting), a look at cabinets, and an installation of wood gutters.
Shingling is completed on the south side of the bungalow and the lights are in place in the main house.
Bob Vila looks at the wiring needs in the Barn units, looks into lathing and plastering, and talks about choosing tiles.
The south roof gets an ice shield and cedar shingles, the living room wall gets a layer of energy-saving polystyrene board, and the grounds get a facelift.
Bob Vila and Norm Abram give a progress report on the house. There’s a focus on preparing house for winter with insulation and fireplace fix-ups.
Bob Vila discusses plans for new 5-car garage. The electrician begins wiring and a we looks at solar and oil heating options.
The exterminator gives the house a bug check and professor John Coolidge talks about architect of the Bigelow House, H.H. Richardson.
We begin to do some plumbing at the house, while a landscape architect shows the lay of the land, and Norm Abram pours a concrete wall.
Bob Vila discusses some of the key decisions to be made about condominium sales. Also, plans are made to install woodburning stoves in the Icehouse and Woodhouse units.
Demolition is nearly complete, and Bob Vila discusses problems uncovered: damage from carpenter ants, vandals, and rot.
Bob Vila discusses plans for renovating the Barn unit—insulating, demolition and replacing broken windows.
The Newton House, a 19th-century hilltop home in Newton, MA, was designed by Victorian architect H.H. Richardson. The challenge is to convert it into five modern condominium units, while preserving architectural integrity.