The number of people entering the building trades has declined over the past few decades. This Old House launched the Generation Next initiative to highlight the issue and encourage young people to consider the trades as a viable profession.
This Old House follows the renovation of a Cambridge, Massachusetts 1887 two-family house becoming a bright, open Scandinavian-style one-family. In this Summer special we compress the efforts to restore this beauty into one episode. Follow the action as our team takes this old house from rundown to remarkable.
The team arrives at the Triple Decker, which burned a year before. They discuss the hurdles of the build. Kevin O'Connor tours Willie's 1st floor apartment. Richard Trethewey shows off the sprinkler and heating systems. Tom Silva tours the 3rd floor unit. Jenn Nawada meets Fred Pendleton who is putting final touches on the patio. Charlie Silva gives Carol the key to her updated apartment.
Kevin O'Connor checks out whats left to do in the triple decker before the move in. Mark McCullough is working at the front steps. Inside Heath Eastman shows Kevin a surge protector hes installing. Ronnette Taylor is putting in a toilet in the first floor bathroom, while the original hardwood floors are getting refinished in the rest of the house. Jenn Nawada and crew are installing fences.
Kevin O'Connor joins the apprentices as they take a two-day roofing class. Then they apply their new skills on a roof at a Silva Brothers jobsite. Back at the project, a new vinyl floor goes in the top floor kitchen. Mauro Henrique touches up the first floor saved cabinets. Tom and Charlie Silva install French doors to divide the living room from a new bedroom.
On the first floor, Tom Silva and Kevin O'Connor reinstall the upper cabinets that survived the fire. Tom teaches the apprentices to trim a window in the kitchen. HVAC contractor James Bouchard shows Richard Trethewey the plan for hot water and heating. Kevin joins Carol and her sister Willie to shop for appliances for all three levels. Mark Ferrante is tiling the first of three bathrooms.
Mauro Henrique teaches the apprentices how to fix damaged plastered walls. Plumber Ronnette Taylor shows Richard Trethewey the new sprinkler system. Carol and her sister select new tile for their bathrooms. The apprentices get a lesson on floor patching with Tom Silva. Antique glass expert Cathryn Blackwell shows Kevin O'Connor how shell fix the doors on the second floor china cabinet.
Tom Silva works with the new apprentices on the front door to allow it to properly open and close. The apprentices, who hail from YouthBuild, tell Kevin O'Connor about themselves, and the President of YouthBuild gives Kevin background on the program. Homeowner Carol looks at kitchen cabinets and countertop options. Richard Trethewey works with James Bouchard on the three separate HVAC systems.
Jenn Nawada brings together a team and supplies to build an urban patio in the backyard. Heath Eastman rewires part of the house with intact plaster ceiling. Charlie and Tom Silva hang a fire rated door off the kitchen. Richard Trethewey explains how a new tub is fitted in. Kevin O'Connor and Tom install a replacement window.
The original back porches on the triple decker are brought up to code. Ice blasting is used to get rid of the char and fire odor. New vinyl siding is installed on the entire house while homeowner Carol considers accent trim colors to coordinate with the siding. Framing begins inside.
Kevin O'Connor finds Ron Peiks team removing asbestos. Richard Trethewey introduces plumber Ronnette Taylor, who will tackle the dormant pipes. Jenn Nawada visits a local community garden where the homeowners both volunteer and tend their own plot. Architectural Historian Arthur Krim talks about the history of three deckers. Tom and Charlie Silva pull off the melted vinyl siding.
The Boston neighborhood of Dorchester has always been a special place to This Old House as its the home of the first project. This season, the show will follow the renovation of a triple decker that was burned from illegal fireworks.
Tom Silva, Kevin O'Connor and Richard Trethewey recount the project's challenges. Jeff Sweenor meets them outside and walks the front yard with Kevin. Inside, designer Kristen Martone gives Tom a tour of the second floor. Richard looks at the basement mechanicals with Kevin. Jenn Nawada and Jeff show off the backyard. Kevin meets the homeowners to see their living room and kitchen.
Much work has to be done in the kitchen before the project wraps. Kevin O'Connor and Tom Silva tackle the last stretch of molding. The old outhouse-turned-pantry gets a secret door that matches the kitchen cabinets. The countertops, backsplash and tiles are installed. A custom made wood mantel goes around the new gas fireplace.
Kevin O'Connor finds Jenn Nawada and her landscape crew transplanting a few trees from the current yard to the Seaside Victorian Cottage. In the kitchen, Tom Silva works with Riley Partridge to install a unique range hood. Back outside, the sod has arrived from a local farm. The crew begins to unroll it. Tom helps Riley install a hatch door in the back of the house to access the basement.
Tom Silva helps former apprentice Kevin Barker trim the bay windows. Richard Trethewey finds electrician Ben Giles installing an up-to-date meter. Mark McCullough follows work on the backyard hardscaping. Tom visits the shop where carpenter Riley Partridge is working on custom storm windows to improve efficiency. Kevin O'Connor meets Rich James and his crew who are assembling a shed.
Kevin O'Connor watches as the outdoor kitchen with pizza oven arrives and is assembled. Tom Silva meets the flooring installer who's laying down engineered flooring in a herringbone pattern. Designer Kristen Martone works with the homeowner on the bathroom finishes. Jenn Nawada sorts through all the plants that have been delivered and Kevin sees an automatic cover going on top of the new pool.
Kevin O'Connor and Tom Silva watch a technology expert hide sound speakers in the living room ceiling. Richard Trethewey discusses the efficient updates on outdoor condensers with the HVAC contractor. The garage doors are installed with side mounts. A prefabricated pool gets lowered into the ground. The interior designer and homeowner show Kevin their choices on design elements for the kitchen.
Mark McCullough describes to Kevin O'Connor how the masons put down a cobblestone apron on the driveway. Inside, the crew reinforces old floor joists to allow for a more open floorplan. Tom Silva helps Jeff Sweenor hang a drop finial on the exterior and then they install a swinging window in the cabana. Kevin meets with local paint experts to discuss choosing exterior colors on a Victorian house.
The original Seaside Victorian home had Yankee Gutters and the Historic District Committee wants the restored house to have them too. The Generation Next initiative continues with an apprentice learning from Jeff Sweenor’s electrician Ben Giles. Richard Trethewey and plumber Josh Jordan show how a tankless hot water system will never run out of hot water. Tom Silva and Jeff install porch corbels.