Installing a Gas Fireplace and Refinishing the Hardwood Floor

Project: Elmwood Neighborhood, Episode 2, Part 3



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.

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.
Part 1: Installing a Granite Countertop and Kitchen Cabinets
Part 2: Mahogany Deck and Kitchen Appliances
Part 3: Installing a Gas Fireplace and Refinishing the Hardwood Floor
Joe Murphy installs a direct vent gas-driven fireplace (from Vermont Castings), demonstrating how the direct vent uses outside air for combustion. Howard Brickman is marrying the antique floor with the new reclaimed floor. The focus is on sanding, before Brickman applies a water-based finish by Bonatech, which is used with a Bonatech sealer. The sealer and finish protect the floors and are abrasion- and water-resistant.
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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