Tour of Medford, MA

Project: Victorian Restoration, Episode 1, Part 1

This ambitious restoration project involves renovating a Victorian home, as well as a former dairy barn also on the property. In its new configuration, the barn will include two offices and an art studio. After a brief tour of the city, Bob meets with the home's new owner, Rikk Larsen, and contractor Charlie Tomaszewski, to discuss the work ahead.
Part 1: Tour of Medford, MA
Bob introduces the town of Medford, the fourth oldest English settlement in America. The town was settled in 1630, and was built on the lands of two wealthy British families.

North of Mystic River stands the house of Peter Tufts, whose house was built in 1680 (and has 18-inch brick walls). In1852, Peter's descendent Charles gave over 100 acres to what is now Tufts University.

The town originally prospered as a shipbuilding center. The ships ran trade in sugar, slaves, and rum between Europe, the Caribbean, and the colonies. Thatcher McGoon's shipyard employed 1000 workers, and the lumber for the yard came from all over New England.

Other businesses thrived also, such as brick and tile production outfits, and companies that manufactured carpeting, textiles, hats, linseed oil, and machinery for shoe making.

Now, Medford is a bedroom community for Boston, and homes with Victorian architecture, put up in the Industrial Revolution, are in high demand.

West Medford is where the project house is located, and an old map shows that it was an active dairy, which processed and delivered milk from 1886 to the 1960's.

The house is an example of New England architecture from the 1880s. Bob meets homeowner Rick Larsen on the front porch before the two walk around to the garden. Architect Richard Trenmaglio joints to talk about ideas for improvements and additions to the house-- a back deck, for instance, or a conversion of the carriage house into a studio connecting to the main house.
Part 2: Discussing Architectural Plans for the Victorian Restoration
Part 3: Planning for the Second Floor and Master Bedroom
Part 4: Reviewing Attic Conversion Plans
Located just five miles from downtown Boston, Bob's scouts discovered a Victorian-era house in a neighborhood of family homes on tree-lined streets that was past due for a full-scale renovation.

The home's new owners, a work-at-home family, have set goals to modernize the home's floor plan, update the building's mechanical and electrical systems, and add home office and work spaces for two busy professionals.