Installing a Brick Walkway and Porch Lighting, and Milling the Railings and Balusters

Project: Elmwood Neighborhood, Episode 7, Part 3



At the sixth Elmwood neighborhood project house, Bob meets Berry-Jean Murray and Celeste Duclos, the owners of a Victorian home with a front porch under restoration.

Carpenters Bob Ryley and Terry Bates are underway doing demolition work and have removed the porch's old columns. Next, the new decking is installed, along with new columns and railings.

New lighting will be put in, as well a new alarm. Plus, landscaping work is being done, and a new sprinkler system being added.

Additional information is available about creating custom millwork for your own restoration project. Preventing carpenter ants and controlling termite infestation are also covered.
Part 1: House Six: Portico Restoration, Hardscaping, and Landscaping
Part 2: Fighting Carpenter Ants and Repairing the Porch
Part 3: Installing a Brick Walkway and Porch Lighting, and Milling the Railings and Balusters
The new, curved front walkway, made of Boston City Hall pavers, is being laid out on an incline in a herringbone pattern. Bob talks with Lou Poalcino, who cuts the brick to size by making chalk mark and cutting with a wet saw.

The antique brass doorknobs from the front door are removed for polishing, and a new sprinkler system going in. Plus, lighting designer Marcus Early has chosen recessed lighting from Luminare.

At Forester Moulding and Lumber, Bob checks on the status of the reproduction balusters and railing being made to replace the original millwork. When they are ready to be installed back at the site, the contractors put in the new balusters and rails, and a lattice for under the rails.
Part 4: Tour of the Restored Victorian Front Porch and Garden
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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