Essex | Tiling, Floor Stains

Kevin points out the finished details on the exterior and how they flow right into the sun porch interior to make it feel like an indoor/outdoor space: shingles on the interior walls and barn board on the ceiling. Tile installer Mark Ferrante is laying 24-by-24-inch black slate tile on the floor, using the same slate to fashion a custom baseboard detail. Mason Kevin Vieira is parging the top of the brick chimney mass using structural stucco that's reinforced with fiberglass to achieve the rustic plaster look of the original chimney. While that sets up, Kevin meets Tom and flooring contractor Steve Dubuque using a combination of aniline dye and stain to achieve a deep chestnut color on the 4-inch quarter-sawn oak flooring we're using throughout the house. Norm travels to upstate New York to see how preservation carpenter Brian Cooper helped music icon Daryl Hall assemble and restore an 18th century-era estate where he records the Live From Daryl's House show, which is an internet and cable sensation. Back at our house, Kevin Vieira finishes off the chimney stucco now that the mantel is finished. Mark Ferrante uses a traditional mud job as a bed for the antique hearth tiles, installed against a wood frame so they're flush with the floor: both barrier-free and beautiful, an homage to the original fireplace.

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