House Ten: Attic Conversion

Project: Elmwood Neighborhood, Episode 11, Part 1



The owner of the tenth Elmwood neighborhood project house, Brent Bachelder, wants to turn the home's attic into a recreation space.

Bob joins during the demolition process, before new LVLs and windows are installed. Next, a striking new acrylic bathroom wall goes up, followed by plumbing, HVAC work, and floor repair.

Finally, Bob learns about the new Surell countertops that are going in and concludes with a tour of the finished space.
Part 1: House Ten: Attic Conversion
Built in 1912, this 26-room Dutch colonial was for two families. The original woodwork and murals on the first floor remain intact. The homeowners, Peter Haraty and Brent Bachelder, want to make the third floor into one large open space. Structural lumber will need to be added to support the ceiling, and the old gas fixtures will need to be removed.

Together with a group of neighborhood homeowners, Bob helps out with the demolition work. The key is removing the plaster and then the lathwork, which is bundled up and taken to the dumpster.

After demolition, Douglas Lumber delivers engineered lumber for the roof restructuring. A crane lifts the large lumber items onto the third floor and the crew from Nationwide Home Improvements unloads the material.

Laminated veneer lumber (LVL, from International Paper) will be sistered to the existing rafters, and dimensional lumber from Georgia Pacific will become collar-ties that span the width.

An outer wall will be added, along with a door, to create closet space. Also, an old opening in the gable will be replaced with a Pella sash window.
Part 2: Installing the Skylight, Acrylic Block Panels, and Cooling System
Part 3: Installing High-Gloss Laminate Cabinets and Surell Countertops
Part 4: Original Art and Contemporary Furnishings in the Finished Space
The theme of community building in the historic Elmwood neighborhood of Providence, RI, is the focus of this project. Rather than tackling one house, Bob Vila is helping 11 neighbors tackle smaller projects like porches, kitchens, bathrooms, and even a third-floor artist's studio.

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