THIS OLD HOUSE Celebrates its Roots with All-American Anniversary Season
As the first home improvement reality series in the history of television, THIS OLD HOUSEbegan its broadcast in 1979 featuring expert home renovation for national audiences. Thirty-five years later, its beloved cast of experts' hosts a historical homecoming to the Boston area, showcasing classic deep-dive how-to renovation projects in celebration of the shows longstanding commitment to teaching first class, authentic craftsmanship. The cast includes general contractor Tom Silva, master carpenter Norm Abram, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and host Kevin O'Connor.
The 35 th anniversary season of This Old House features the renovation of an 1850 Greek Revival Rowhouse in Charlestown, MA and a 1966 Colonial Revival in Lexington, MA the youngest renovation project in This Old House history - while following a new build for a wounded Iraqi War Veteran with Homes For Our Troops in Hopkinton, NH. The Emmy Award-winning home improvement series premieresthe new episodes this October 2, 2014 on PBS (check local listings).
"Since its premiere in 1979, This Old House has never strayed from its mission of demystifying home improvement while showcasing quality craftsmanship and new technology," says Master Carpenter, Norm Abram. "This focus has kept us on the air and in the homes of our fans for 35 years."
- Charlestown, MA -
Located in Charlestown, MA Boston's oldest neighborhood - the opening project for the 35 th season features the renovation of an 1850 Greek Revival Rowhouse. Just down the hill from the USS Constitution and the Bunker Hill Monument, the modest red brick rowhouse needs extensive masonry and structural reinforcement. An enlarged dormer out front and a small bump out in the back will make room for new living spaces that will preserve the old-house feel while adding amenities for modern living. Crumbling retaining walls, a 1980s kitchen, a broken down and leaking master shower, inefficient windows, and old heating system and failing roof will all be upgraded as part of this eight-episode story arc.
- Lexington, MA -
Lexington, MA is the birthplace of American Liberty and home to dozens of authentic Colonial homes from the 1700s. In the second project of the new season, THIS OLD HOUSE, explores why the Colonial style home is still popular in America over 300 years later as they take on the renovation and addition to a 1966 Colonial Revival the youngest project in This Old House history. The humble center-entrance Colonial has a 40-year old kitchen and some 1980s-era additions that call for upgrades and integration with a new addition over the garage designed to make space for the family's three young daughters. A major kitchen renovation will also allow for a new mudroom, powder room, and butler's pantry. Outside, a new farmer's porch and some thoughtful landscaping will lend much needed charm and curb appeal to this "newer" old house.
-Homes For Our Troops-
Since September 11 th 2001, over 1,700 US Military Veterans have returned home from the frontlines with life-threatening injuries, missing limbs, varying levels of paralysis and traumatic brain injury. National non-profit Homes for Our Troops has been building accessible homes mortgage-free for these deserving veterans since 2004. This season, THIS OLD HOUSE, highlights the important work of Taunton, Massachusetts-based Homes For Our Troops as they build a new home for SSG Matthew DeWitt and his family in Hopkinton, NH. On his first deployment to Iraq in 2003, DeWitt sustained devastating injuries in an RPG attack that resulted in the partial amputation of both of his arms. Today, his family looks forward to their new home where keyless entry, raised countertops, accessible storage, touchless faucets and raised garden beds will make life easier for Matt as he and partner Cat raise their two sons and pursue shared passions for cycling and gardening. Tom, Norm, Richard, Roger and Kevin will participate by providing advice and consultation in adapting standard building products for this Veteran's specific needs, and participating in key building and landscaping projects.