Planning for the Second Floor and Master Bedroom

Project: Victorian Restoration, Episode 1, Part 3



This ambitious restoration project involves renovating a Victorian home, as well as a former dairy barn also on the property. In its new configuration, the barn will include two offices and an art studio. After a brief tour of the city, Bob meets with the home's new owner, Rikk Larsen, and contractor Charlie Tomaszewski, to discuss the work ahead.
Part 1: Tour of Medford, MA
Part 2: Discussing Architectural Plans for the Victorian Restoration
Part 3: Planning for the Second Floor and Master Bedroom
Bob surveys the current layout of the second floor, before he meets the general contractor, Charlie Tomaszewski.

The plan is to turn one of the smaller bedrooms into part of an enlarged master bedroom. While awaiting the arrival of the demolition crew, Charlie and Bob remove the old dressing room door, so it can be reused elsewhere in the finished house.

The first step is to pull the pins on the hinges, which Charlie will tape to the door so they don't get lost. To take the casings off, Charlie first cuts the paint line along the casing with a utility knife. This is particularly important if you plan to preserve the existing plaster wall.

Next, Charlie removes the decorative rosettes from the upper corners before he and Bob pull out the casing.
Part 4: Reviewing Attic Conversion Plans
Located just five miles from downtown Boston, Bob's scouts discovered a Victorian-era house in a neighborhood of family homes on tree-lined streets that was past due for a full-scale renovation.

The home's new owners, a work-at-home family, have set goals to modernize the home's floor plan, update the building's mechanical and electrical systems, and add home office and work spaces for two busy professionals.

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