Kevin O’Connor gives a walking tour of the house, starting at the back addition, where staging is in place for siding and window installation, through the walkout basement and mechanical spaces before making his way up to the main floor.
The plumbing is now roughed in, and the framing is now complete, but there are still some repairs to be made to the original 1960 brick. The challenge of the repair is replicating the old material, in this case, the original mortar. Mason Kevin Vieira shares his process of coming up with a match for both mortar color and texture and then works with Mark McCullough to make the repairs.
At the request of homeowner Billy, Charlie Silva helps him build an ADA-compliant ramp, which he’ll install at his kids’ camp.
Not too far from the project house, Kevin meets up with local architect Doug Dick to tour a modern, accessible home. The inspiration for the home’s design is the needs of the homeowners’ disabled daughter as well as for their own future of aging in place.
Back at the house, changes to the roof structure to meet new energy codes caused changes to the original exterior trim plan. With Kevin’s help, Charlie and Tom Silva replace the old trim with a wider, more dimensionally stable material.
Original Air Date: Nov 9, 2023, Season 45; Ep. 7 23:42
Products and resources from this episode
- Expert architectural assistance: Ruhl Jahnes
- Foundation contractor: Glavin Construction Company, Inc.
- Framing contractor: TJ Berky Builders
- Sheathing/Insulating panels manufacturer: Huber Engineered Woods
- Masonry contractor: Town and Country Masonry
- Camp side trip: Buck’s Rock Camp
- Camp expert assistance: Jeff Oliver and Luca Riggs
- Accessibility architecture expert assistance: LDa Architecture & Interiors, LLP