Bermuda | Appreciating a Whole Different Type of Construction

Host Kevin O'Connor and master carpenter Norm Abram welcome plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey to Bermuda in front of St. Peter's Church in St. George's. First built in 1612 and rebuilt in 1714, it's the oldest continually used Anglican church in the Western Hemisphere. Next door at Aunt Nea's Inn, Norm and Kevin meet homeowner Delaey Robinson to talk about the building permit, and the budget. The homeowners have omitted the second-floor addition to their guest unit, saving themselves a quarter of a million dollars. Across the street at Harbour View, general contractor Alan Burland shows Norm how he's using a steel beam to pick up the second-floor load, while lead mason Dilton Cann shows Kevin how he's building new walls of the addition out of concrete block. To see how charming an old renovated Bermuda home can be, Alan shows Norm his carefully restored c. 1750 farmhouse in Somerset. Back at the project house, master plumber Gerald Smith shows Richard how two existing cisterns, or "tanks," will collect rainwater from the roof to supply the house with drinking water. Kevin meets master electrician Noel Vanputten to see how the electrical rough-in is progressing on the old house (Bermuda stone) and the new addition (concrete block.) Although the progress may appear to be slow, Norm, Richard, and Kevin recall that, compared with time-consuming wood construction and finishes, the masonry work at Harbour View will come together quickly.


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