The gambrel portion of the home was built in 1720, but the ell is believed to have evolved into two stories over the centuries. The homeowners want to return the ell back to a single-story structure using the original timber frame members.
Along with Tom Silva, historic timber frame expert Arron Sturgis and his crew carefully dismantle the timber frame, identifying structurally sound pieces to rebuild the structure. Similar to the main house, the ell was constructed using the Scribe Rule method, meaning each piece has a specific match piece, so the timbers first had to be tagged for proper reassembly.
In the den of the gambrel portion is a large Ben Franklin-style fireplace that homeowner Bill would like replaced with something smaller. Mark McCullough suggests replacing it with a Rumford-style fireplace that is narrower in depth, has a wider splay, and produces more heat. He does a bit of exploratory demo to determine if the existing chimney can accommodate the new clay flue.
Landscape designer Rue Sherwood and Jenn Nawada meet to discuss the design plan for the yard, which will take advantage of the view of the Ipswich River and deal with the overgrown invasive plants.
Kevin O’Connor visits a 5th generation lumber mill in Maine that manufactures eastern white pine clapboards from stump to finish product.
Back at the house, homeowner Helen is considering changing the exterior color of the house. Charlie Silva provides her with different roof options to aid in her decision.
Original Air Date: Apr 13, 2023, Season 44; Ep. 18 23:42