Season 43 - The West Roxbury Victorian
Originally built on farmland in 1894, the West Roxbury Victorian was the first one-family erected in the new subdivision. Will the crew be able to bring the house up to the lifestyle standards of the 2020s?
Long Time Coming: Inside the West Roxbury Victorian Project
After nine years of dreaming, designing —and squirreling away savings—the owners of this 1894 Victorian finally give it the functional upgrades it needed and the updates they longed for.
Take a 3D Tour of the West Roxbury House
Step inside—virtually—into This Old House Season 43’s West Roxbury project house. This 1894 Victorian in West Roxbury, MA, was the first one-family erected in the new subdivision. See how the crew brought it to modern lifestyle standards while preserving its historic beauty.
S43 E26: A Modern Victorian
A little over a year ago, the 1890s West Roxbury Victorian was a tired-looking house. Now, it’s all dressed up and looking good. The crew and homeowners give a tour of the changes.
S43 E25: Focus on Finishes
Countertops are going in and doors are being hung. A local stone fabrication shop is visited. A distressed stained finish is applied to trim. Under-cabinet receptacles and crown molding are installed.
S43 E24: Boho Chic
Cabinets and a vent hood are being installed in the kitchen. The homeowners’ daughter chooses a paint color for her room. A stained glass window is repaired, and floor tiles are laid out for installation.
S43 E23: A Match Made Perfect
Antique windows are installed in Dracut, MA. The original foundation is repaired. The wood floors are patched, and a bathroom is prepped for tile. Then, the team explores aluminum gutters that look like wood.
Introducing TOH’s West Roxbury Project House
Homeowners’ plans for an exterior fix-up lead to a full-scale renovation at the West Roxbury project house. The goal: Upgrade the 19th-century house to suit their modern family.
S43 E22: Father and Son
Headway on the 1890s Victorian continues as the crew installs lighting on the front porch and preps the primary bathroom for in-floor heating. Later, the homeowners pick lighting for the dining room and install drywall in the attic.
S43 E21: Exploring Flooring
The old front steps are replaced in this episode, and the homeowners decide on interior flooring. Kevin visits a trade school. Then, a cable railing and new door are installed out back, and a brick walkway out front.
S43 E20: Outdoor Oasis
Ipe is installed on the front porch. The existing furnace gets a new heat pump coil. Back at the house, a brick patio is built. At the Dracut Centre School, original corbel replicas are installed.
S43 E19: Drainpipe Puzzle
The windows are trimmed with PVC, and the house is sided with fiber cement clapboards. An American Elm resistant to Dutch Elm disease is planted. Inside, a drainpipe puzzle is solved.
S43 E18: Pruning 101
The inside of the house is demo’d. The homeowners select kitchen cabinets, then a wider window opening is created. Beams are installed to replace a load-bearing wall, a willow tree is pruned, and house wrap is installed.
S43 E17: Small Town in a Big City
It’s a new project. We meet a new builder Deliandro and homeowners Robyn and Derek in the West Roxbury section of Boston. Robyn gives a tour. Derek is an architect and drew the construction plans.
An Antique Gem in West Roxbury | See Before Photos of Season 43’s Project
This antique gem is ready for a return to its former glory with an eye on the here and now.