Painting with Historically Accurate Colors

Project: Bob's Shingle Style Home, Episode 13, Part 3



Work begins on the landscape around the house; Bob assesses the limited space with a landscape architect. An arborist is on site to start trimming the hemlocks away from the house. Inside, Bob explains the lighting and mechanical fixtures going into the walls, and Ryley installs a pocket door in the kitchen. An historical paint expert is on site to do some archaeology and help pinpoint the right colors for the house's exterior.

Part 1: Beginning the Landscaping
Part 2: Looking Behind the Walls and Installing a Pocket Door
Part 3: Painting with Historically Accurate Colors
Bob meets with Brian Powell, an architectural conservator from the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. Brian helps Bob determine the original 1897 exterior paint color scheme. They then look at different color combinations painted on the outside of the house, all of which are historically appropriate alternatives.
This project centers around the remodel of Bob Vila's own gracious Shingle Style home in Cambridge, MA. It's a house with a lot of history and beautiful architectural details, many of which were obliterated in remodels of the 50s and the 70s. On the centennial of the house's construction, Bob gets together the best talents in the business to recreate and renew it to its former glory, making some important modifications along the way that will transform this into a dream house for today.

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