Construction begins on the 1960 mid-century modern home in historic Lexington, MA. The interior has been demolished back to the studs, with plumbing and electrical systems completely removed.
Charlie Silva walks Kevin O’Connor through the upcoming modifications that will be made to the property, including a new addition at the back, which will allow son Caffrey, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, to be closer to his parents.
During the excavation of the back of the house, it was discovered that the original foundation wasn’t deep enough. To solve this, the exterior concrete wall and foundation will be rebuilt, and on the interior, Tom Silva preps for footings that will reinforce what’s existing.
Architect Sandra Jahnes gives an overview of the new design plan, which prioritizes accessibility and minimizes the visual volume of the existing garage addition.
Kevin visits a showroom specializing in residential mobility and accessibility solutions.
Back at the house, a new energy code affects the construction. Charlie and Richard Trethewey meet HERS rater Kevin Ring to discuss the new code and methods to meet the requirements.
Original Air Date: Oct 5, 2023, Season 45; Ep. 2 23:42
Products and resources from this episode
- Demolition service: Alpine Environmental Services
- Concrete cutting: Jack Doherty Contracting, Concrete Cutting Specialists
- Building contractor: Glavin Construction Company, Inc., Billerica, MA
- Site preparation: Ed Chavez Landscaping & Painting
- Erosion control: Phase II Stormwater, Inc., Wrentham, MA
- Architectural assistance: Ruhl Jahnes
- Accessibility Showroom Tour: Home Healthsmith
- HERs rater: Sustainable Energy Analytics