Newton GenNEXT | Homeowner Going the Distance
Coming up on This Old House
Kevin arrives and checks out the finished front porch. Everything is new except for the original railing, which was saved.
The Norway maple that was taken down is being split into firewood for a new wood-burning stove.
The siding is almost complete – with clapboards on the first floor and shingles on the second floor.
Out back, Norm and homeowner Liz are working on the composite deck. Liz would rather be using the deck with her family than spending her time maintaining it. There is a system to laying down the planks.
At the new two-story addition, more ornamental brackets to match the original ones are being installed under the eaves. Kevin visits Charlie’s shop, where he’s making them using western red cedar.
At the Idea House, Kevin sees quartz counters get installed in the new kitchen. The sections are connected with a machine that draws the pieces together.
Back in Newton, the concrete walkway leading up to the front porch is gone and now Roger’s crew is using uniform pavers to create a new walkway in a running bond pattern.
Inside, Liz and stained glass artist Michel L’Huillier install Liz’s stained glass window in the new mudroom. The colors were inspired by the Japanese maple right outside.
When a home gets expanded on its lot and creates more impervious surfaces, the town requires the homeowner to deal with the rainwater runoff. Kevin finds Roger by a long, deep hole in the location of the new driveway, where eight drywells get lowered in. The size and capacity of the drywells are calculated by an engineer.