Designing Their Dream Home | The Jamestown Net-Zero House
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Kevin opens the show in Providence, RI to meet the homeowners at their architecture office.
Donald and Dana drew the plans for their renovation and they also worked out the design decisions, as they often do with their clients.
Selecting a light wood flooring as their starting point, they used the simple and contemporary living space for making their other choices.
Donald shows Kevin the open floor plan computer rendering and points out where they decided to install oak shiplap as accent walls.
For fabrics, they pulled together samples of furniture pieces they already own to figure out their window treatments, rugs, and accent chair choices.
Back at the house, Richard meets up with the plumber who is about to install a toilet tank. Wall-hung toilets, which are commonly found in Europe, are the new trend.
They leave more space in the bathroom and are easier to clean, however the installation is a bit different during rough plumbing. The tank comes with a steel carrier which is secured to the wall studs and plate to carry the weight.
At the Idea House in Narragansett, Mark McCullough watches as a stone veneer goes around the fireplace in the living room. Buck the mason begins in a lower corner and works his way up the backerboard in a running bond pattern.
Using a cyclical mock up, Richard explains how heat pumps work. Compression makes the air hotter and expansion makes the air colder. Remembering that hot air always moves toward cold air, pumps use a repeating cycle of compressors and valves that can reverse to either cool a house in the summer or heat it in the winter.
Back in Rhode Island, Tommy works with Donald to build a sink console for the powder room.
They meet in Jeff Sweenor’s shop where Donald shows Tommy the steel frame he designed and had welded.
For the top, they cut reclaimed oak and form an arc where the sink will sit. They cut out the holes for the sink drain and faucet and place the fixtures in to see how it all comes together.