Touring a Historic Home in Avon Hill

Project: Bob's Shingle Style Home, Episode 7, Part 2



Bob visits the roof where Fred Mitchell is installing a state-of-the-art copper lining in the rebuilt wooden gutter system. Shinglers replace the asphalt roof with the red cedar shingles that would have been used originally. The electrician explains why plastic-sheathed wiring will be used for the considerable rewiring to be done.

Part 1: Installing Copper-Lined Gutters
Part 2: Touring a Historic Home in Avon Hill
Bob and architectural historian Brian Pfeiffer tour an 1887 historic home in the Avon Hill neighborhood of Cambridge, MA. The architectural firm Hartwell and Richardson designed this house as well as Bob's Shingle Style home, and Bob notes distinct similarities.
Part 3: Installing Fire-Rated Wood Shingles and Wiring the Third Floor
This project centers around the remodel of Bob Vila's own gracious Shingle Style home in Cambridge, MA. It's a house with a lot of history and beautiful architectural details, many of which were obliterated in remodels of the 50s and the 70s. On the centennial of the house's construction, Bob gets together the best talents in the business to recreate and renew it to its former glory, making some important modifications along the way that will transform this into a dream house for today.

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