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New Season of THIS OLD HOUSE to Premiere on PBS This October

THIS OLD HOUSE is back with its beloved cast of experts featuring two projects that highlight the series' expertise in both historic restoration and cutting edge building techniques.

Week by week, national audiences will see general contractor Tom Silva, master carpenter Norm Abram, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and host Kevin O'Connor tackle the restoration of a 1890s Shingle style Victorian house and the building of a new historically-accurate federal style home pre-engineered in a factory. The Emmy® Award-winning home improvement series premieres new episodes October 1, 2015 on PBS

(check local listings).

'We are very excited about this upcoming season. We will give viewers both a classic THIS OLD HOUSE project?a deep-dive historic restoration and an exciting twist; a historic style home built from the ground up using some of today's most innovative building and engineering techniques,' says Senior Producer John Tomlin.

- Belmont, MA -
Season 36 kicks off in Belmont, Massachusetts, a suburb northwest of Boston featuring homeowners Katherine, Murat, and their two children. They have embarked on a journey to bring back their home to its original Victorian style after a previous owner stripped many classic architectural details. The 3,200 square foot Shingle Style house will be transformed back in time making it both architecturally accurate while very livable for a modern family. The show will feature the journey of the family over 16 episodes as they work with THIS OLD HOUSE to restore the traditional Victoria aesthetics, rebuild the former grand front porch, update the kitchen, create a mudroom and convert two bedrooms into a master suite.

- North Shore, MA -
In the second project, located on the North Shore of Massachusetts, THIS OLD HOUSE will work with Bill and April as they move with their new baby from the city to the suburbs and break ground on a new pre-engineered 3,000 square foot home with the fine architectural details of late 1700s. This fascinating building style known as "The New Old Home Concept," captures the essence of historic architecture in a new home with today's practical layouts and modern amenities. The family purchased the components of the home from Connor Homes which pre-designs and engineers historically accurate homes. This 10 episode arc will cover the techniques of constructing a new home tailored to the aesthetic of a previous time, the implementation of geo-thermal heating and cooling technology, and how automated components bring new efficiency to the construction process. The final result will be a brand new energy efficient home that looks like it has always been there.

Featuring 26 brand-new episodes (Belmont, MA, 16 episodes, North Shore, MA, 10 episodes), the 36th season of THIS OLD HOUSE will premiere nationally on PBS on October 1, 2015 (check www.thisoldhouse.com/tvschedule or your local listings).

In the months leading up to premiere, visitors to www.thisoldhouse.com can access, project overview, and products and services information on www.thisoldhouse.com. Viewers can become fans of THIS OLD HOUSE on Facebook or follow the show onTwitter and can continue the conversation about these projects using #TOHTV on Twitter.

THIS OLD HOUSE is produced by THIS OLD HOUSE Productions, Inc., for THIS OLD HOUSE Ventures, Inc., and is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. THIS OLD HOUSE is the No. 1 multimedia home enthusiast brand, offering trusted information and expert advice through award-winning television, a highly regarded magazine and an information-driven Web site. Executive Producer is Chris Wolfe and Senior Producer is John Tomlin.

About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Arthur, Curious George and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children's series. WGBH also is a major supplier of programming for public radio, and oversees Public Radio International (PRI). As a leader in educational multimedia for the classroom, WGBH supplies content to PBS LearningMedia, a national broadband service for teachers and students. WGBH also is a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to those with hearing or visual impairments. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors. More info at www.wgbh.org.


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