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The fortieth season begins with Kevin outside The Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island – a magnificent mansion once owned by the Vanderbilt family. Tommy picks him up in the truck and they drive across the bridge to Jamestown to this season’s first project – a 1920s bungalow.
A far cry from the Newport mansions, this modest Jamestown home will become a larger net-zero house -- a house capable of making all the energy it needs.
They meet the owner, Donald Powers, who is also the architect, and he discusses the challenge of making a completely net-zero house out of an old house with a new addition.
Inside, Kevin meets Dana Powers and their two sons, Nate and Theo. Dana takes Kevin on a tour of the house and describes the changes that will be made.
In the basement, Richard talks to Kevin about what exists now but also what has to happen to make the house more energy efficient. The two of them visit a completed net-zero home outside of Boston to see that this type of a house can still have an architecturally pleasing style.
Back in Rhode Island, home builder Jeff Sweenor is introduced. He gives Kevin a tour of the latest Idea House, which is just underway. At the project house, Jeff and the team meet up with the family and demo begins.Read More
Kevin arrives at the project and meets builder Jeff Sweenor.
Jeff’s concerned about the siding shingles, which appear to be an asbestos cement product overlaid on the original cedar shingles. Special precautions must be taken to remove them.
Around the corner, Tommy finds Jeff’s crew starting to dig for the new foundation.
Since precast foundation walls will soon be installed and their height is already established, any adjustments needed to make the walls meet the required height on the house can be done down at the stone base. Kevin visits the manufacturer in Pennsylvania that makes the custom insulated wall panels.
The project house is located in Jamestown, Rhode Island, which is a unique island in the middle of Narragansett Bay. Homeowner Donald gives Kevin an historic tour of the area.
Back at the house, the foundation wall panels arrive and are placed. Adam Campbell supervises a crew that spends only a few house gluing the panels together.
Roger meets with Norm, Richard, Tommy and Kevin and they close the show together.Read More
Kevin arrives as framing the new addition is just underway.
Jeff shows Kevin how he’s framing this net-zero house with studs placed farther apart than the traditional practice, decreasing the amount thermal bridges will allow for heat to escape. Kevin helps him build a wall with insulated headers.
They also frame the corners differently to allow for more insulation.
Richard demonstrates heat loss and gain to design a balanced HVAC system. With a model of the new project house, he shows what sun exposure and ventilation can do to a building.
He and Donald take a trip to the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida to see the latest technology.
Now that the project house is opened up inside, Jeff points out a plumbing error made long ago.
Electrician Ben Giles shows Kevin old knob-and-tube wiring that was still in use until demolition started. He will soon strip out all the old wiring.Read More
New apprentices join the team in Rhode Island as the roof goes up. The homeowners visit a cabinet showroom to finalize their plans. The house gets sheathed. It's the finish line at Judith's house in Charleston. Kevin and Tom take the grand tour.Read More
Insulation is crucial to a net zero house. Kevin finds Jeff and the apprentices starting the work. Dana shops for efficient yet decorative lighting. Tom and Jeff work with the apprentices to build false rafter tails and then they install them.Read More
The electrician installs a load center at the Idea House. Tom teaches the apprentices the correct application of cedar roof shingles. Kevin and Jeff add insulation to the basement. Tom shows Mary how to block behind walls with future cabinets and wall fixtures. A pre-cut post and beam barn gets raised.Read More
Reviewing design samples; heating pump; applying stone veneer; installing a wall-hung toilet tank; building a vanity.Read More
Induction cooking; installing solar panels on the barn roof; installing a unique lattice; ERV demonstration; landscaping and hardscaping.Read More
The net zero house is complete; touring the yard, barn and upstairs; checking out the main floor; reviewing mechanicals.Read More
Renovation plans for a 1957 mid-century modern house in need of a total overhaul; demolition begins.Read More
Asbestos and tree removal; a visit to the first "This Old House" project in Dorchester, Mass.Read More
Laying a sill on a new foundation; scoping the sewer; starting a design plan to create a sleek, modern space.Read More
Pouring a buttress; revisiting the 2001 Manchester by the Sea project; solving a ductwork problem; installing a PVC trim overhang.Read More
In-counter outlets; former apprentice Nathan Gilbert; framing a skylight.Read More
Selecting patio pavers; installing a skylight in the bathroom; repairing the foundation.Read More
Calculating the risers for a set of stairs; insulating the foundation; installing radiant heat; revisiting an old project.Read More
Installing rafters for a cantilevered roof; solving a venting problem for the kitchen sink; fixing AC ductwork; installing snow cleats on the roof.Read More
Rebuilding a century-old puddingstone wall; revisiting the 2005 Cambridge modern project; installing trimless LED recessed lights; installing large tanks under the driveway to curtail rainwater runoff.Read More
Laying large-format tile in the living room; visiting the 20th-anniversary project in Key West, Fla.; installing a hanging retro fireplace and modern kitchen cabinets.Read More
Installing closet systems, modern baseboards and a linear wall drain in the master shower; selecting door hardware; installing floating bathroom vanities.Read More
Touring the home and reviewing its special features.Read More