Looking Behind the Walls and Installing a Pocket Door

Project: Bob's Shingle Style Home, Episode 13, Part 2



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
Before putting on the blue board, Bob looks at what goes behind the walls: wiring, light fixtures, heat ducts, water lines, and a pocket door frame. He and architect Gregory Rochlin discuss the recessed lighting and modern-day appliances that will bring the house into the 21st century. A pocket door will close off the bath from the dressing area, and Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley with the installation.
Part 3: Painting with Historically Accurate Colors
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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