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This Old House - Episode #3226
Master Carpenter Norm Abram and Host Kevin O'Connor round out the Essex experience with a visit to one of its most iconic antiques shops, The White Elephant. Back at the house, the 2nd floor is nearly complete as Kevin finds General Contractor Tom Silva working on the interior screens for our signature casement windows. Downstairs, the last big project is installing the Dutch door that was late in coming for the passage between the kitchen and sun porch. Outside, electrician Allen Gallant shows Kevin how he's lighting the way with sconces at the entry, LED fixtures in the trees for general lighting, and wall washers at the masonry walls for safety and effect. He's also installed an oversized generator that can power the entire house in an emergency. Plumbing and Heating Expert Richard Trethewey gives homeowner John Corcoran an orientation to his basement and all of the cool new technology down there. Homeowner Julie Corcoran shows Norm the design choices she made for the caregiver suite. Downstairs, interior designer Keith Musinski shows host Kevin O'Connor the finished and furnished first-floor living area, where the accessibility is virtually invisible. Cozy, stylish and incorporating many principles of universal design, the living is easy for homeowner Julie Corcoran's parents, who arrive to join the family at the end of the day.
Products and Services
Clarke Distribution Corp
Project Interior Designer
Equilibrium Interior Design
Contact: Keith Musinski
Kitchen Faucet and Pot Filler
?Cayenne? pull-down single-lever kitchen faucet, and ?Contemporary? pot filler
Bath Faucets and Fixtures
?Lutezia? console kit vanities
Tub and Toilets
?Tropic? one piece toilet #2786.128 020
38kW Propane-Powered Backup Generator
Antiquing in Essex
The White Elephant Shop
Antiquing in Essex Resource
Essex Antique Dealers Association
Custom Drapes, Bedskirts, Shower Curtain, Throw Pillows
Contact: Michelle Rossi-Voorhees
Glass Shower Door
New Angle Glass
Energy Recovery Ventilator Unit
Landry & Acari
Andrew Spindler Antiques
Resources for Elder Living
North Shore Elder Services
Ask This Old House - Episode #1126
Host Kevin O'Connor travels to Chicago to learn how subway trains are serviced. While in Chicago, he helps a homeowner paint his kitchen cabinets. Then, landscape contractor Roger Cook teaches how to estimate the amount of landscape material by the cubic yard. Afterward, Plumbing and Heating Expert
Richard Trethewey installs a smart thermostat to reduce energy use.
Painting Kitchen Cabinets
Kevin travels to Chicago to help a homeowner paint kitchen cabinets.
Where to find it?
Kevin used the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations kit in "Quilters White" to change the color of the homeowner's cabinets. The kit is available at home centers.
Kevin then appeared on the homeowner's public access cooking show, The Bungalow Chef.
Kevin also toured the maintenance facility of the Chicago Transit Authority.
Ask Roger: Cubic Yards
Roger shows how to estimate the proper amount of landscape material by the cubic yard.
Where to find it?
Roger gives two formulas for estimating cubic yards:
A cubic yard of material will cover 100 square feet to a depth of 3 inches.
To calculate cubic yards, multiply length by width. Then multiply the depth of material in feet (3" is .25 feet). Finally, divide by 27 to give you cubic yards.
There are also many online calculators that can help you determine the proper amount. Here's one from Summit Gravel.
Installing a Smart Thermostat
Richard installs a smart thermostat to reduce energy use.
Where to find it?
Richard installed the Nest thermostat, which is available at home centers and electronics stores.
He also demonstrated the Nest app, which is available on select smart phone and tablet platforms