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Facing the Retaining Walls with Cultured Stone
Cherry cabinets are going in the new kitchen of the Rowley Victorian project house. Contractor Tim Berky marks the stud lines, shims the cabinets for level, and screws them in with large-head cabinet screws. These Merillat cabinets feature solid cherry faces and doors, pressboard boxes, and drawers that are dovetailed and gusseted for strength. The kitchen island resembles an Italianate table, with rails and floating legs that are attached to the floor. Outside, the curved walls that will flank the deck stairs, the retaining walls, and the grill station are being faced with Owens Corning's Cultured Stone, a Portland cement product molded with real stone contours and mixed with iron oxides for color and variety. These flat-backed stones are easily mortared and finished with pre-cast 90-degree returns for easy corners. Last, Berky assembles western red cedar posts and rails to finish the stunning deck installation.
- Part 1: Installing Cherry Cabinets
- Part 2: Facing the Retaining Walls with Cultured Stone
- Retaining walls, foundation work, and curving stairways are faced with Cultured Stone from Owens Corning. These cast cement, pumice, and iron oxide products are made in molds taken from real field stones to look like regional stones, in both shape and color.
- Part 3: Installing Cedar Deck Railings
Bob Vila undertakes the partial remodel of a historic Victorian home in Rowley, MA. The house is a classic New England gem with many partitioned rooms, plus the added appeal of a large yard with preserved wetlands beyond. From permits and approvals to the addition of a mudroom and deck, this project focuses on family space.
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Bob is in Rowley, MA for the partial remodeling of a Queen Anne Victorian in the town's historic district. Homeowner David Masher and architect Greg Colling explain how the addition will follow the linear plan of the home, and will ultimately lead onto a new deck, regraded back yard, and landscaped side yard. Outside, contractor Tim Berky gets approval to dig and starts preparing the addition's footings.
Bob and contractor Tim Berky review the newly poured foundation that's been pointed in order to blend with the existing Victorian foundation. The new 5' x 16' mudroom addition is framed and topped with a hip roof that will be sheathed in copper. Also, Berky and his crew install new Pella French doors. These solid-wood framed, double-paned, argon-filled, low-e glass doors let in light, retain warmth, prevent heat gain, and have a triple-latch system for added security.
The Queen Anne Victorian addition is ready for clapboard siding to match the existing façade and trim. Inside, the demolition is complete, the chimney stack has been removed, and a custom steel structural support has been placed where the load-bearing dining-room wall once stood. Insulation specialists explain, and begin to install, the expanding foam, closed-cell insulation. Outside, contractor Tim Berky completes a custom backerboard and transitional bed molding to match the original 1890s molding.
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