House One: Tour of a Gothic Carpenter-Style Home

Project: Elmwood Neighborhood, Episode 1, Part 2

In the historic Elmwood neighborhood of Providence, RI, Bob talks with Mary Turkel and Bob Major (from the Providence Preservation Cooperative) about the changes taking place in the area. Bob also meets Jane and Luke Driver, whose kitchen renovation is one of the smaller scale projects Bob plans to cover. As demolition work begins, so too does plumbing and electrical. Also to come is a new kitchen floor made from reclaimed Pine.
Part 1: Overview of the Elmwood Neighborhood Project
Part 2: House One: Tour of a Gothic Carpenter-Style Home
The first Elmwood project concerns remodeling a Gothic Carpenter-style home, built in 1871. The exterior is in very good condition and there are three beautiful fireplaces inside, which were shipped over from England in the 1880s.

The owners, Luke and Jane Driver, who have a young family, want to remodel the kitchen and bathroom and dining area in such a way that complements their needs.

Bob tours the house and considers the new proposed layout, which would eliminate the bathroom in order to expand the dining area and provide some much-needed storage space.

The kitchen flooring also needs work. While the dining room floor is mahogany with oak stripping, the floor in the kitchen is composed of several different types of mismatching wood. Bob helps Luke demolish the floor, and they discuss finding old wood from the 1850s in the support walls.
Part 3: Flooring, Plumbing, and Plastering
Part 4: Installing a Reclaimed Pine Floor
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.