Accessibility is at the forefront of this renovation, which requires major changes. Kevin O’Connor takes us on a tour of some of these changes, starting at the front of the house, where the old entry has been removed to create a central entrance with an integrated outdoor ramp.
A new basement space is being created in the front for additional mechanicals, and out back, a 12 ½ foot tall foundation has been poured to accommodate a larger walkout basement. Mark McCullough builds a concrete block wall, creating a tunnel-like hallway connecting the two basement mechanical areas.
Richard Trethewey meets with Charlie Silva, who is preparing to install new HVAC ducts in a manner that considers the new energy code. HVAC Contractor James Bouchard and his crew perform the installation.
With an elevator planned for the project house, Kevin visits a house that recently had one installed to understand its workings from elevator installer Jonathan Downarowicz.
Back at the house, Tom Silva begins framing for the elevator in the basement.
Original Air Date: Oct 12, 2023, Season 45; Ep. 3 23:42