Newton GenNEXT | Move in Day
Coming up on This Old House
It’s the last day on the job as Tommy and Kevin drive up to the Newton project. Homeowner Liz grew up in the house and inherited it from her mother. Renovated to accommodate three generations under one roof, there is now plenty space for her family and for Joe’s parents.
Liz greets Tommy and Kevin inside and shows them the minor changes to the living room.
Upstairs, Norm and Charlie look at how removing an old chimney gave them more space for bigger closets in the girls’ rooms. Down the hall they see the new laundry room that was once a small bedroom.
Inside the new master suite, Norm remembers repurposing an old door with Joe and framing the closet wall with the apprentices.
Over in the in-law suite above the garage, Kevin meets up with Joe and his parents, who are thrilled to have such a comfortable space while visiting their grandchildren.
Norm walks outside and finds Roger at the new sod, which was put down right before the first snow of the season. Roger’s crew saved Liz’s mother’s roses and lilacs from the yard and returned them. They cut and pruned trees and planted three fruit trees. A new stone wall sits along the driveway.
The three apprentices who worked on the house over the summer — Austin, Bailey, and Nathan — meet Tommy and Kevin at the front porch and talk about what they’ve been doing since their apprenticeship ended. Kevin follows Richard downstairs where they compare the old monster heating system that was in the basement with the new boiler and distribution system, air handler, water heater, and heat recovery ventilator.
Over in the garage, there’s radiant-floor heating and another air handler system for the guest suite above. Joe and Tommy meet in the new mudroom and look at the custom cement tile floor, stained glass window and powder room. In the corner of the living room, they see the new wood-burning stove that Joe helped to install. Liz gives Kevin a tour of the kitchen with new pantry.
Finally, everyone gathers around the newel post in the mudroom, where the family inserts a time capsule for future generations to find.