This Old House: Season 31 (2009 - 2010)


Season 31
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Air date: Oct 1, 2011

Season 31 opens with a look at a 300-year-old farmstead, whose owners want to add two small additions and modern amenities while retaining the house's historic part. Included: inspecting the structure and its antique water-pump system.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2010

The entry hall's new foundation is prepped; the sun porch is demolished; a 16-foot section of the rear foundation wall is cut and dropped so that work on the new family room can commence. Also: a visit to a gatehouse (now a private home) that belonged to the estate that once occupied the neighborhood.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2010

Installing the 900-lb. steel beam that will support the house over the 16-ft. opening in the rear foundation; examining the insulated concrete forms for the foundations and above-grade walls on the additions; gutting the kitchen. Also: Chris Kimball ("America's Test Kitchen") on the home's old kitchen and what it will become; the impact of the new lead laws on interior work.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2010

The dip in the old kitchen floor is removed by working beneath it in the basement; the new mudroom and powder room are framed by cutting all of the stock to length, assembling the walls on the floor and standing them up one at a time; termite and carpenter-ant problems are addressed. Also: how the Charles River has been shaped by major engineering projects, including three major dams.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2010

The new front entry and framed-up kitchen are reviewed; the garage's flat roof is turned into a pitched roof; the kitchen layout is double-checked via a paper mock-up; a look at native and nonnative species taking over the flood plain; the 12 footings to support the new back deck and walkways are installed; the new sun room is framed with engineered lumber.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2010

The sunroom's flat roof is framed; the progress on the rough plumbing; the layout of the back-to-back bathrooms. Also: the home's former resident, street photographer Jules Aarons, is remembered by his son Phillip and Boston Public Library curator Aaron Schmidt.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2010

The installation of the floor-warming radiant heating system under the family room is completed; concrete is poured for the basement; energy-efficient windows are installed in what was a dark, windowless corner; aesthetic decisions for the project are made at a tile showroom.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2010

Patching sidewall shingles on the front of the house; installing ductwork for the heating-and-cooling system; installing a pocket door.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2010

An acrylic-stucco system is used to make the basement addition blend in with the concrete of the old walkout basement; Chris Kimball ("America's Test Kitchen") reviews the kitchen's layout; the valley where the flat roof meets the new entry's pitched roof is waterproofed; insulation is added throughout the house.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2010

Opening up the front yard; creating perennial beds; blending the old plasterwork with the new; removing paint from the old shingles; removing the front-yard maple. Also: a tour of Boston via a DUKW amphibious-truck ride on the Charles River.

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