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Selecting Light Fixtures
Bob learns about the need for secondary exits in upstairs bedrooms from Steve Forman, as contractor Tim Berky installs the Redi-Exit fire escape at the Rowley Victorian. This latching fire escape can hold up to 800 pounds, is weather-proof, and costs about $1,100 installed. Next, AJ Paron-Wildes joins Bob inside to look at lighting fixtures from Bellacor.com that will complement the home's period style and also meet the functional lighting needs of the family. And finally, after Berky finishes hanging one last door, all the doors and cabinets in the new space will be dressed with reproduction oil-rubbed bronze hardware from House of Antiques Hardware (which even reproduced the black porcelain knobs and escutcheons that were original to the house).
- Part 1: Installing a Fire Escape
- Part 2: Selecting Light Fixtures
- AJ Paron-Wildes (from Bellacor.com) joins Bob to talk about selecting lighting fixtures. Depending on the room or activity, different fixtures are recommended.
- Part 3: Installing a Solid-Core Cherry-Veneer Door
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.
Also from Victorian Kitchen & Bath Remodel
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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