Rainbow Row | The Charleston Houses 2018
Coming up on This Old House
The city of Charleston boasts a colorful housing stock. With new siding going up at the Elliotborough project, Judith must decide soon on a color. Kevin meets Judith and her design expert, Taylor King, in a neighborhood famous for its house colors, Rainbow Row.
Meanwhile, Tommy is at the house inspecting the interior and exterior framing. Many joists had to be replaced due to rot and some of the house had to be completely rebuilt. Outside, the old sill has been replaced with a new pressure-treated sill and new 2x4’s are sistered to old ones.
Over at the Single House, there are very few stud walls, so hiding rough plumbing is a creative problem. Tommy meets carpenter Mike Collins in the master bedroom, where he is hiding waste pipes from the floor above.
The new stairs leading up to the second floor of the kitchen house have been installed.
Now it’s time to install the nosing at the floor boards. Tommy and carpenter Jared Lee route out a slot to receive a spline and then they glue in the nosing.
Tommy finds Mike Lauer starting plaster work on the old staircase walls. He learns about Mike’s plan for repair and his unique opportunity to reinforce the walls from behind.
The landscape plan calls for a pergola. Tommy travels to the shop on James Island where Bruno Sutter, the timber framing professor at the American College of the Building Arts, and his students will cut and dry fit the pieces at his shop and then later assemble them on-site.