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House One: Tour of a Gothic Carpenter-Style Home
In the historic Elmwood neighborhood of Providence, RI, Bob talks with Mary Turkel and Bob Major (from the Providence Preservation Cooperative) about the changes taking place in the area. Bob also meets Jane and Luke Driver, whose kitchen renovation is one of the smaller scale projects Bob plans to cover. As demolition work begins, so too does plumbing and electrical. Also to come is a new kitchen floor made from reclaimed Pine.
- Part 1: Overview of the Elmwood Neighborhood Project
- Part 2: House One: Tour of a Gothic Carpenter-Style Home
- The first Elmwood project concerns remodeling a Gothic Carpenter-style home, built in 1871. The exterior is in very good condition and there are three beautiful fireplaces inside, which were shipped over from England in the 1880s.
The owners, Luke and Jane Driver, who have a young family, want to remodel the kitchen and bathroom and dining area in such a way that complements their needs.
Bob tours the house and considers the new proposed layout, which would eliminate the bathroom in order to expand the dining area and provide some much-needed storage space.
The kitchen flooring also needs work. While the dining room floor is mahogany with oak stripping, the floor in the kitchen is composed of several different types of mismatching wood. Bob helps Luke demolish the floor, and they discuss finding old wood from the 1850s in the support walls.
- Part 3: Flooring, Plumbing, and Plastering
- Part 4: Installing a Reclaimed Pine Floor
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.
Also from Elmwood Neighborhood
At the Gothic Carpenter-style home in the Elmwood neighborhood of Providence, RI, plaster and blue board are going up, and the pine floor is going down.<br> <br> In addition to a granite countertop, new Whirlpool appliances are installed. Other new features in the kitchen include Shrock cabinets, a Vermont Castings gas stove, and lighting design (from Markus Earley) that depends on Restoration-style fixtures from Rejuvenation Lamp & Fixture Co. Outside, contractor Brian Wiggin completes the new deck.
Bob visits Pat and Roger Simons, homeowners undertaking a bathroom renovation. The plan is to redesign the layout, but keep some of the original features-- the mosaic tiles in the floor, for example.<br> <br> Bob helps Terry Bates (from Mult-R) with the demolition, and carpenter Bob Ryley is on hand to help with the insulation. A new tub is put in, along with a new stackable washer/dryer.<br> <br> Lighting designer Markus Earley talks about the lighting in the new bathroom, plus an innovative hydronic heating system.<br> <br> Last, Bob goes to Pat's studio, where her daughter, PK, is helping create a beautiful tile mural that will go in the shower.
The third Elmwood project surrounds the addition of a sunroof and hot tub to an eclectic home in the neighborhood, often referred to as as the "castle" or the "haunted house."<br> <br> Homeowners Peter Karczmar and Cathy Lund have been working with restoration contractor Joe Wagner. Joe has done a great deal of work in the sunroom to reinforce the deck above, so it can support a hot tub. (Also, Forester Moulding has created reproductions of the deck's original railings).
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