Essex | Shiplap Walls, Finished Yard

Wooden boatbuilding put Essex on the map. Norm meets shipwright and designer Captain Harold Burnham to see how he's keeping the tradition alive, one ship at a time. Back at our project, Kevin helps Tom with some "shipbuilding" of his own, putting up 8-inch pine shiplap barn boards on the walls at the entry. As winter closes in, Kevin meets Roger and landscape architect Kellie Connelly to see the finished patio and plantings for the first time. Walks, courtyard and patio all function together to create access that will be manageable for anyone. In nearby Winchester, Kevin meets architect Sally DeGan to see how she added a few basic accommodations to make Dan Wegner's house livable for him as he navigates the changes that come with ALS. Back at our house, Kevin finds interior designer Keith Musinski laying out the hearth tiles, salvaged from the original house, for the fireplace. Then, Kevin lends a hand as Tom builds and installs the mantel from a 2-inchpiece of reclaimed oak.

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