CHARLESTOWN PROJECT 2014/35 YEARS OF THIS OLD HOUS
Renovations of an 1850s-era Greek Revival house begins in Charlestown, Boston's oldest neighborhood.
The 35th season of THIS OLD HOUSE begins in Boston's oldest neighborhood: Charlestown. Kevin and Norm highlight Charlestown's historical importance, from colonial times through WWII. The new project is part of a cluster of 1850s-era Greek Revival houses tucked into the backside of Bunker Hill. Homeowner Angela Daigle shows Kevin features she loves, but also the outdated kitchen and poor organization of space that she'd like to improve. Upstairs, Tom shows Norm the spaces needing minimal work: an existing guest room, guest bath and living room. The third floor will likely be a full gut to give Angela a better master suite with additional living space, assuming the city approves the plan to enlarge the existing dormers. Out back, Roger shows Kevin the crumbling retaining walls. Richard formulates a plan for the basement as Norm and Tom test for lead paint before beginning demo on the first floor.