This Old House

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This Old House
This Old House (logo).svg
Format How-to
Created by Russell Morash
Starring Kevin O'Connor
Norm Abram
Tom Silva
Richard Trethewey
Roger Cook
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes (over) 900, as of May. 2014
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) This Old House Ventures/WGBH
Distributor WGBH-TV for PBS Stations, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution in syndication
Broadcast
Original channel PBS
Original run February 20, 1979[1] – present

This Old House is an American home improvement media brand with television shows, a magazine and a website, ThisOldHouse.com.[2] The television series airs on the American television station Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and follows remodeling projects of houses over a number of weeks. This Old House is produced by This Old House Ventures, Inc. with WGBH Boston as the PBS distributing station. Warner Bros. Domestic Television distributes the series to commercial television stations in syndication. Time Inc. launched This Old House magazine in 1995, focusing on home how-to, know-how and inspiration. In 2001, Time Inc. acquired the television assets from WGBH Boston and formed This Old House Ventures, Inc.

Overview[edit]

This Old House and its sister series Ask This Old House are often broadcast together as The This Old House Hour (originally known as The New This Old House Hour). Both shows are owned by This Old House Ventures, Inc. (a subsidiary of Time, Inc.) and are underwritten by GMC and The Home Depot. Weyerhauser lumber distributor, a previous underwriter, by 1989 had donated more than $1,000,000 a year to the show.[3] This Old House is also underwritten by State Farm Insurance and Lumber Liquidators, Inc. Ask This Old House is also underwritten by Angie's List and the Mitsubishi Electrics. Other underwriters throughout the show's tenure included Parks Corporation (featuring its line of Carver Tripp paint thinners/sealants/wood stains and treatments), Glidden paints, Montgomery Ward, Ace Hardware, Kohler plumbing, Schlage locks, Century 21 Real Estate, Toro lawnmowers/snowblowers and ERA Real Estate. Two of the original underwriters were Weyerhauser and Owens-Corning.

The third series to share the name is Inside This Old House, a retrospective featuring highlights from previous episodes. Old episodes are also shown under the program name This Old House Classics and were formerly shown on The Learning Channel under the name The Renovation Guide. Only the episodes with original host Bob Vila aired under that name. As of 2006, Classics are also carried on the commercial non-broadcast DIY Network as well as syndicated to local TV stations.

This Old House was one of the earliest home improvement shows on national television. As such, it was initially controversial among building contractors, and the cast was afraid that they were giving away secrets of the building trades.[4] However, as time passed, the show grew into a cultural icon. Producer-director Russell Morash became known as the "Father of How-To."[5]

History[edit]

Kevin O'Connor
Current This Old House host since 2003.

Begun in 1979 as a one-time, 13-part series on the Boston PBS station WGBH, it has grown into one of the most popular programs on the network. It has produced spin-offs (notably The New Yankee Workshop hosted by Norm Abram), a magazine, and for-profit web sites. The show has won 17 Emmy Awards and received 82 nominations.

Although WGBH acquired the first two project houses (6 Percival Street in Dorchester and the Bigelow House in Newton) for renovation,[6] the series then focused on renovating older houses, including those of modest size and value, with the homeowners doing some of the work, as a form of sweat equity. The series covering the renovation of the Westwood house (Weatherbee Farm) became something of a cult classic because of an escalating dispute between the hosts, Vila and Abram, and the homeowners over the direction the project was taking. Vila remarked at the end of the Westwood series that the owners could have contributed more "sweat equity." As the show evolved, it began to focus on higher-end, luxury homes with more of the work done by expert contractors and tradespeople.

Bob Vila, the original host, left in 1989 following a dispute about doing commercials and created a similar show called Bob Vila's Home Again. According to news reporter Barbara Beck, Vila was fired by WGBH Boston over making TV commercials for Rickel Home Centers, Home Depot's competitor. Home Depot, the show's underwriter, dropped its local sponsorship for This Old House after Vila made the commercials. Vila was fired in an effort to have Home Depot return as a sponsor to the show. During Vila's tenure, the show drew 11 million viewers and had won five Emmys. Weyerhauser, at this time a supplier for Home Depot, stopped underwriting the show.[3] Steve Thomas took over hosting duties after Vila's departure, remaining with the program until 2003. Cast members later complained that Bob Vila took up too much screen time, and noted that the show became more of an ensemble production after he left.[7]

Time Inc. began production of This Old House magazine in 1995. In 2001, Time Inc. bought the show from WGBH.

Kevin O'Connor is the current host. Before O'Connor joined the cast, he was a homeowner who appeared on Ask This Old House having problems with wallpaper removal. While O'Connor has been the host, Norm Abram's role has increased to that of a near co-host. In at least a couple of season opening episodes (Cambridge, Carlisle, and Austin), Norm has appeared with Kevin to introduce the new project. Norm also filled in for Kevin when his son was born during the Carlisle project.

Beginning with the 2007–08 season, the show, as well as its companion program, Ask This Old House, has been presented in a high-definition format.

To celebrate its 30th anniversary season, This Old House is working with Nuestra Comunidad to renovate a foreclosed home in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood. Nuestra Comunidad is a non-profit development corporation, and acquired this 1870s-era Second Empire home from a bank. Once the job is done, the house's two units will be sold to two local families. Two students from YouthBuild Boston are assisting with the project, as is General Contractor David Lopes. Lopes has a great deal of experience in both historic preservation and affordable housing projects. He will take on such tasks as replacing part of the foundation, demolishing a three-story addition because it had gone far beyond repair, and rebuilding the house's decrepit interior. Much of the house's original details are beyond repair, but Lopes will work to preserve the most important ones.

Theme song[edit]

From the show's debut in 1979 until 2002, This Old House used the first theme song "Louisiana Fairy Tale," composed by Haven Gillespie, Mitchell Parish and J. Fred Coots and performed by 20th-century jazz artist Fats Waller. The theme song was changed after This Old House Ventures acquired the series from WGBH. The next theme song was called "This Old House '97" composed by Peter Bell. A new one followed that in 2009, Bill Janovitz remixed the original theme "Louisiana Fairy Tale" in 2012.

Ask This Old House[edit]

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Ask This Old House began in 2002 and was spun off from a section of This Old House Magazine of the same name. Readers of the magazine or viewers of the show submit questions about various home repair or improvement projects, which are answered by the experts. It has been nominated for 5 Emmy Awards. The regulars on the show are O'Connor, Tom Silva, Richard Trethewey and Roger Cook. (This Old House veteran Norm Abram does not appear on Ask This Old House due to numerous other commitments on Abram's part, notably his involvement in The New Yankee Workshop.) Guest experts appear to answer more specialized questions. The show takes place in "the loft" of a rural barn somewhere in the Boston area. Most of the questions are answered in the loft, but one or two homeowners in each episode receive a visit from one of the show's three tradesmen (or a guest tradesman if the project is not construction, plumbing/heating or landscaping related such as electrical or painting projects), who assist in either starting or completing the task with the homeowners' help. O'Connor sometimes assists in these projects. There is also a feature entitled "What Is It?" in which three of the four regulars try to guess what an unusual tool is used for. The adjudicating fourth regular reveals the actual use. Beginning with the 2007/08 season, this program added a "useful tip" segment provided by a viewer of the show. The useful tip segment is a revival of a short-lived feature of This Old House when Vila hosted the show.

The opening credits feature a GMC van towing the blue Ask This Old House trailer around Boston and rural Massachusetts before reaching its final destination, the barn. The short, twenty-five-second version shows Silva, the passenger, picking up four coffees from a drive-through, while the driver in the longer, forty-second version is shown to be O'Connor. In both versions, after pulling into the driveway beside the barn, the footage cuts to Richard Trethewey handing out the coffees to the other three regulars.

Prior to O'Connor's installation as host, the driver was Steve Thomas, the host for the show's first year.

This Old House magazine[edit]

The expert in home renovation, This Old House magazine was first published in 1995 by Time Inc. Published 10 times per year, This Old House magazine has a circulation of over 950,000 and reaches nearly 6 million consumers each month. It is the leading consumer magazine for home how-to, know-how and inspiration. Scott Omelianuk[8] is the Editor and Nathan Stamos[9] is the Publisher.

Inside This Old House[edit]

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Now defunct spin-off of the This Old House franchise, Inside This Old House was shown primarily on the A&E Network. The show was very much like Ask This Old House: it was shot mainly in the "loft", hosted by O'Connor and features the regular experts listed above and also Abram (master carpenter). However, unlike Ask This Old House, usually one or two experts were used throughout the episode and a specific theme was discussed. The theme was usually a particular topic (e.g. landscaping, installing doors, etc.). Along with the in-house expert, and sometimes a guest expert, clips were shown of past episodes of This Old House (mainly the original episodes with Vila) to further illustrate the point, as well as revisiting past projects undertaken over the previous twenty-five years to see what the homeowners have done since airing. A segment called "Inside Out" featured one of two guest commentators (Jimmy Dunn or Doreen Vigue), or one of the experts, with a brief and comedic overview of what was discussed on the show.

Cast[edit]

Current cast[edit]

As of 2014, the cast is as follows:

Previous hosts[edit]

Television Production team[edit]

As of 2013, the television production team is as follows:

  • Russell Morash (Creator)
  • Michael Burton (Executive Producer, This Old House, Ask This Old House)
  • Deborah Hood (Senior Series Producer, This Old House)
  • Thomas Draudt (Director, This Old House, Ask This Old House)
  • Chris Wolfe (Senior Series Producer, Ask This Old House)
  • Heath Racela (Producer, Ask This Old House)

Parody[edit]

Like many successful programs, This Old House has found its way into the humorist's eye on occasion. The most famous example is Tool Time, the "show-within-a-show" on the American television situation comedy Home Improvement. Tim Allen played Tim Taylor, a character inspired by Bob Vila, while Richard Karn portrayed Al Borland, a character based on Norm Abram. Bob Vila also guest starred from time to time as Tim's rival and archenemy.

Almost Live, a Seattle skit comedy show, also parodied This Old House as "This Here Place", "This Old Mansion", "This Old Yacht", "This Old Condo in Aspen", and "This New House...of Representatives". Fox's In Living Color featured an occasional bit titled "This Old Box" in which Damon Wayans played a homeless person who discussed "renovating" a large cardboard box where he lived. The Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club did a parody called "This Old Home", which featured a house made of candy. David Letterman did a parody location sketch of the series entitled "This House Needs Work" with Chris Elliott playing a somewhat eccentric fix-it man on Late Night with David Letterman. Long-running sketch comedy venue Saturday Night Live has parodied This Old House from time to time, notably in 1989 with John Larroquette and again in 2004 with Liam Neeson. Another 1988 SNL sketch featured Phil Hartman hosting a fictitious PBS show called "Robot Repair." The sketch had Hartman playing a sentient robot who instructed viewers on how to repair home appliances. Out of concern that the term "Robot Repair" suggested the repair of robots and not the actual theme of the show, the robot begged the producers for a new title, only to find that with each week, the title's wording got progressively confusing (e.g., "Robot Repair and You"). The poor robot's frustration finally turned to meltdown when the producers presented the show as "This Old Robot."

In the seventh season of the second series of ZOOM, there was a parody of This Old House which was known as "This Old Place". There, "Abe Norman" (a parody of Norm Abram), played by Kyle Morrow, would fix something (example: washing machine) that would never end up as it should. On one occasion, he put a gown in a washing machine and it came out as the shirt he was wearing currently.

List of episodes[10][edit]

Season 23 (2003)[edit]

Ep.Num. Title Airdate
The Concord Cottage
23-01 "Turning a Garden Shed into a Home" 10/11/2003 (10/11/2003)
23-02 "Roadblocks to Turning a Former Chicken Coop into a Cottage" 10/18/2003 (10/18/2003)
23-03 "Nothing is as Easy as it Looks" 10/25/2003 (10/25/2003)
23-04 "It's Starting to Look Like a Cottage" 11/01/2003 (11/01/2003)
23-05 "Electrifying the Little Cottage" 11/08/2013 (11/08/2013)
23-06 "Adding to the Project" 11/15/2003 (11/15/2003)
23-07 "The Beauty and Challenges of Creating Small Living Spaces" 11/22/2003 (11/22/2003)
23-08 "Residential Window Manufacturing" 11/29/2003 (11/29/2003)
23-09 "Charming Touches for the Cottage" 12/06/2003 (12/06/2003)
23-10 "Cottage Living with the Future in Mind" 12/13/2003 (12/13/2003)
23-11 "Creating a Safe and Beautiful Home for Elders" 12/20/2003 (12/20/2003)
23-12 "Access to and Visions of a Beautiful Yard" 12/27/2003 (12/27/2003)
23-13 "Lots of Activity Outside" 01/03/2004 (01/03/2004)
23-14 "Custom Details Give the Cottage Personal Touches" 01/10/2004 (01/10/2004)
23-15 "Everyone’s Here to Get the Job Done" 01/17/2004 (01/17/2004)
23-16 "Making and Installing Engineered Flooring" 01/24/2004 (01/24/2004)
23-17 "One Installation After Another" 02/01/2004 (02/01/2004)
23-18 "Once a Barn, Now a Beautiful Home" 02/08/2004 (02/08/2004)
The Bermuda House
23-19 "Sailing the Atlantic for the Next Project in Bermuda" 02/15/2004 (02/15/2004)
23-20 "Restoring the Inn with Native Limestone" 02/22/2004 (02/22/2004)
23-21 "Appreciating a Whole Different Type of Construction" 02/28/2013 (02/28/2013)
23-22 "Collecting Water" 03/07/2004 (03/07/2004)
23-23 "Making Way for the Custom Built Mantel" 03/14/2004 (03/14/2004)
23-24 "Challenges and Rewards of Island Building" 03/21/2004 (03/21/2004)
23-25 "Beautiful Finishes Create Beautiful Spaces" 03/28/2004 (03/28/2004)
23-26 "Finishing the Project, Bermuda-Style" 09/10/2013 (09/10/2013)


Season 24 (2004)[edit]

Ep.Num. Title Airdate
The Carlisle House
24-01 "Celebrating 25 Years of Home Renovation" 10/09/2004 (10/09/2004)
24-02 "Appreciating the Past" 10/16/2004 (10/16/2004)
24-03 "A Different Kind of Barn Raising" 10/23/2004 (10/23/2004)
24-04 "Saving Old Barns for New Homes" 10/30/2004 (10/30/2004)
24-05 "Foundation Installation Begins" 11/06/2004 (11/06/2004)
24-06 "Prefab Systems Speed Things Up" 11/13/2004 (11/13/2004)
24-07 "Passing on the Trades" 11/20/2004 (11/20/2004)
24-08 "Not Your Grandfather's Farmhouse" 11/27/2004 (11/27/2004)
24-09 "Envisioning the Kitchen" 12/04/2004 (12/04/2004)
24-10 "Shaping the Spaces" 12/11/2004 (12/11/2004)
24-11 "Design Elements Make a House Special" 12/18/2004 (12/18/2004)
24-12 "Many Hands Make a Beautiful Fireplace" 12/25/2004 (12/25/2004)
24-13 "Digging for Water" 01/01/2005 (01/01/2005)
24-14 "Enhancing the House With Stone and Paint" 01/08/2005 (01/08/2005)
24-15 "Living in a Barn" 01/15/2005 (01/15/2005)
24-16 "New Technologies for an Old Farmhouse" 01/22/2005 (01/22/2005)
24-17 "History of the Greek-Revival" 01/29/2005 (01/29/2005)
24-18 "Shutting Out the Cold" 02/05/2005 (02/05/2005)
24-19 "Keeping It Old" 02/12/2005 (02/12/2005)
24-20 "Prefab Meets Custom" 02/19/2005 (02/19/2005)
24-21 "Mantel Troubles" 02/26/2005 (02/26/2005)
24-22 "Modern Conveniences" 03/05/2005 (03/05/2005)
24-23 "All the Comforts of Home" 03/12/2005 (03/12/2005)
24-24 "Designer Show House" 03/19/2005 (03/19/2005)
24-25 "More Designer Show House" 03/26/2005 (03/26/2005)
24-26 "A Farmhouse for the Next 100 Years" 04/02/2005 (04/02/2005)


Season 25 (2005)[edit]

Ep.Num. Title Airdate
The Cambridge House
25-01 "A Modern Old House" 10/06/2005 (10/06/2005)
25-02 "Modernize, Again" 10/13/2005 (10/13/2005)
25-03 "Worst-Case Scenario" 10/20/2005 (10/20/2005)
25-04 "Longfellow's House" 10/27/2005 (10/27/2005)
25-05 "The Cost of Poor Workmanship" 11/03/2005 (11/03/2005)
25-06 "High-Tech Heating and Cooling" 11/10/2005 (11/10/2005)
25-07 "Water Damage Brings Opportunity" 11/17/2005 (11/17/2005)
25-08 "Real Stone, Flat Roof" 11/24/2005 (11/24/2005)
25-09 "A Water-Feature Welcome" 12/01/2005 (12/01/2005)
25-10 "Creating a Dramatic Entryway" 12/08/2005 (12/08/2005)
25-11 "Rain Slows Some Progress" 12/15/2005 (12/15/2005)
25-12 "Dramatic Staircase" 12/22/2005 (12/22/2005)
25-13 "Interior Finishes Begin" 12/29/2005 (12/29/2005)
25-14 "Fine Craftsmanship" 01/05/2006 (01/05/2006)
25-15 "Contemporary Design Elements" 01/12/2006 (01/12/2006)
25-16 "Modern Conveniences in a Modern Home" 01/17/2006 (01/17/2006)
25-17 "Things Are Coming Together" 01/24/2006 (01/24/2006)
25-18 "A Red Box Becomes a Show House" 02/01/2006 (02/01/2006)
The Washington, D.C. House
25-19 "Reviving an Abandoned 1879 Rowhouse" 02/08/2006 (02/08/2006)
25-20 "Setbacks Open Up New Ideas" 02/15/2006 (02/15/2006)
25-21 "Honoring the Past, Looking Toward the Future" 02/22/2006 (02/22/2006)
25-22 "A Rebuilt Structure" 03/01/2006 (03/01/2006)
25-23 "Beautiful Historic Restorations" 03/08/2006 (03/08/2006)
25-24 "The Outside is Shaping Up, Too" 03/15/2006 (03/15/2006)
25-25 "Surface Finishes" 03/22/2006 (03/22/2006)
25-26 "A Home Saved" 03/29/2006 (03/29/2006)


Season 26 (2006)[edit]

Ep.Num. Title Airdate
The East Boston House
26-01 "A Tale of Two Homes" 10/05/2006 (10/05/2006)
26-02 "Stucco and Sewer Problems" 10/12/2006 (10/12/2006)
26-03 "Design and Demolition" 10/19/2006 (10/19/2006)
26-04 "Urban Garden, Asbestos, City Sewer" 10/26/2006 (10/26/2006)
26-05 "Refrigerator, Hot Plate, and Bad Larry" 11/02/2006 (11/02/2006)
26-06 "Salvage, Chimney, Attic, and the ICA" 11/09/2006 (11/09/2006)
26-07 "Ivy Be Gone" 11/16/2006 (11/16/2006)
26-08 "Progress, Patching and Packing Up" 11/23/2006 (11/23/2006)
26-09 "Local Heroes" 11/30/2006 (11/30/2006)
26-10 "On The Waterfront" 12/07/2006 (12/07/2006)
26-11 "Renovating in Eastie" 12/07/2006 (12/07/2006)
26-12 "Roofing, Shower Pan, Surge Suppression" 12/14/2006 (12/14/2006)
26-13 "Patching Walls, Inside and Out" 12/21/2006 (12/21/2006)
26-14 "Floors in Eastie and at the BSO" 12/28/2006 (12/28/2006)
26-15 "Modern, Traditional, and Boston Light" 01/04/2007 (01/04/2007)
26-16 "Off To The Races" 01/11/2007 (01/11/2007)
26-17 "The House With the White Picket Fence" 01/18/2007 (01/18/2007)
26-18 "Upstairs, Downstairs–Complete!" 01/25/2007 (01/25/2007)
The Austin House
26-19 "Where Green Building Was Born" 02/02/2007 (02/02/2007)
26-20 "Chasing Five Stars" 02/07/2007 (02/07/2007)
26-21 "The Great State of Texas" 02/14/2007 (02/14/2007)
26-22 "Trethewey in Texas" 02/21/2007 (02/21/2007)
26-23 "Keeping Austin Weird" 02/28/2007 (02/28/2007)
26-24 "Harvesting Water and Wind" 03/07/2007 (03/07/2007)
26-25 "Green is Good" 03/14/2007 (03/14/2007)
26-26 "Finished House and Five Stars!" 03/21/2007 (03/21/2007)


Season 27 (2007)[edit]

Ep.Num. Title Airdate
Newton Shingle-Style House
27-01 "Move or Improve?" 10/06/2007 (10/06/2007)
27-02 "Big Plans" 10/13/2007 (10/13/2007)
27-03 "Prepwork and Inspiration" 10/20/2007 (10/20/2007)
27-04 "Framing, Wiring, and an Unfitted Kitchen" 10/27/2007 (10/27/2007)
27-05 "Retaining Wall, Historic Wallcovering" 11/03/2007 (11/03/2007)
27-06 "Exterior Paint Colors, Stained-Glass Window" 11/10/2007 (11/10/2007)
27-07 "Salvage, Progress, and Pink Granite" 11/17/2007 (11/17/2007)
27-08 "Fieldstone, Replacement Windows, and Teak" 11/24/2007 (11/24/2007)
27-09 "Pests, Decking, and AC" 12/01/2007 (12/01/2007)
27-10 "Bluestone and a Historic Billiards Room" 12/08/2007 (12/08/2007)
27-11 "Bringing Light Throughout" 12/13/2007 (12/13/2007)
27-12 "Garage Nightmare and Garbage Disposers" 12/22/2007 (12/22/2007)
27-13 "Getting The Details Right" 12/29/2007 (12/29/2007)
27-14 "In Memory of Joe Ferrante" 01/05/2008 (01/05/2008)
27-15 "Grout, Closets, and a Clawfoot Tub" 01/12/2008 (01/12/2008)
27-16 "Winter Wrap Party" 01/19/2008 (01/19/2008)
New Orleans Rebuilds
27-17 "Return to New Orleans, Post Katrina" 01/26/2008 (01/26/2008)
27-18 "Camelbacks, Bargeboard, and Toxic Mold" 02/02/2008 (02/02/2008)
27-19 "French Quarter, Shotgun Colors" 02/09/2008 (02/09/2008)
27-20 "Saints in the City" 02/16/2008 (02/16/2008)
27-21 "First Builder Falls Through" 02/23/2008 (02/23/2008)
27-22 "Back on Track" 03/01/2009 (03/01/2009)
27-23 "Recovery Continues" 03/08/2008 (03/08/2008)
27-24 "Landscapes and NBA Legends" 03/15/2008 (03/15/2008)
27-25 "Only In New Orleans" 03/22/2008 (03/22/2008)
27-26 "One Small Corner Restored" 03/29/2008 (03/29/2008)


Season 28 (2008)[edit]

Ep.Num. Title Airdate
The Weston House
28-01 "A Prefab Timberframe Project House Begins" 10/02/2008 (10/02/2008)
28-02 "House Plan Virtual Tour" 10/09/2008 (10/09/2008)
28-03 "Even the Foundation is Prefabricated!" 10/16/2008 (10/16/2008)
28-04 "Prefabricating Inside and Out" 10/23/2008 (10/23/2008)
28-05 "Raising in the Rain" 10/30/2008 (10/30/2008)
28-06 "Raising Timbers" 11/06/2008 (11/06/2008)
28-07 "Modular Rooms" 11/13/2008 (11/13/2008)
28-08 "Closing Up the House" 11/20/2008 (11/20/2008)
28-09 "Rock Stars" 11/27/2008 (11/27/2008)
28-10 "Bringing Things Together" 12/04/2008 (12/04/2008)
28-11 "Making A Mark" 12/11/2008 (12/11/2008)
28-12 "Natural Surfaces and the Latest Appliances" 12/17/2008 (12/17/2008)
28-13 "Keeping it Green Outside" 12/24/2008 (12/24/2008)
28-14 "LEED Requirements" 12/31/2008 (12/31/2008)
28-15 "Amy Lends a Hand" 01/07/2009 (01/07/2009)
28-16 "The Weston Timberframe Complete" 01/14/2009 (01/14/2009)
The New York City House
28-17 "A TOH Brownstone In Brooklyn" 01/21/2009 (01/21/2009)
28-18 "Classic New York" 01/28/2009 (01/28/2009)
28-19 "Preservation & Planning" 02/04/2009 (02/04/2009)
28-20 "In with the New" 02/11/2009 (02/11/2009)
28-21 "Making it Their Own" 02/18/2009 (02/18/2009)
28-22 "Restoring and Replacing" 02/25/2009 (02/25/2009)
28-23 "Made In New York" 03/04/2009 (03/04/2009)
28-24 "The Dream Team" 03/11/2009 (03/11/2009)
28-25 "Wood Finishes Restored to Original Brilliance" 03/18/2009 (03/18/2009)
28-26 "This Brownstone is Beautiful Once Again" 03/25/2009 (03/25/2009)


Season 29 (2009)[edit]

Ep.Num. Title Airdate
The Newton Centre House
29-01 "Welcome to Newton Centre" 10/10/2009 (10/10/2009)
29-02 "Quality, Not Quantity" 10/17/2009 (10/17/2009)
29-03 "Work Begins, Homeowners Decide to Stay" 10/24/2009 (10/24/2009)
29-04 "Origins of the Dutch Colonial Revival" 10/31/2009 (10/31/2009)
29-05 "New Gambrel Addition Takes Shape" 11/07/2009 (11/07/2009)
29-06 "Making Room for New Windows" 11/14/2009 (11/14/2009)
29-07 "Pruning Hemlocks and Checking in on TOH Austin" 11/21/2009 (11/21/2009)
29-08 "Father and Son Lend a Hand" 11/28/2009 (11/28/2009)
29-09 "Radiant Heat, Two Ways" 12/05/2009 (12/05/2009)
29-10 "Inspired Openings and Insulating the House" 12/12/2009 (12/12/2009)
29-11 "Never Paint Again" 12/19/2009 (12/19/2009)
29-12 "Stone, Tile and Oak Finishes" 12/26/2009 (12/26/2009)
29-13 "The New Kitchen is Coming Together" 01/02/2010 (01/02/2010)
29-14 "Interior Painting Primer and Fabricating Our New Countertops" 01/09/2010 (01/09/2010)
29-15 "Is the Island Too Big?" 01/16/2010 (01/16/2010)
29-16 "The Finished Project" 01/23/2010 (01/23/2010)
The Roxbury House
29-17 "Project with Purpose Begins" 01/30/2010 (01/30/2010)
29-18 "Mounting Challenges" 02/06/2010 (02/06/2010)
29-19 "More Trouble than We Thought" 02/13/2010 (02/13/2010)
29-20 "Coming Together" 02/20/2010 (02/20/2010)
29-21 "Help From Our Friends" 02/27/2010 (02/27/2010)
29-22 "Oak Doors, Fireplace Surround" 03/06/2010 (03/06/2010)
29-23 "Custom Details" 03/13/2010 (03/13/2010)
29-24 "Roxbury Past and Present" 03/20/2010 (03/20/2010)
29-25 "Looking Back and Looking Ahead" 03/27/2010 (03/27/2010)
29-26 "One Less Foreclosure in Boston" 04/03/2010 (04/03/2010)


Season 30 (2010)[edit]

Ep.Num. Title Airdate
The Auburndale House
30-01 "A Ho-Hum House on The Charles River" 10/09/2010 (10/09/2010)
30-02 "Regulations and Challenges" 10/16/2010 (10/16/2010)
30-03 "Bringing in the Structure" 10/23/2010 (10/23/2010)
30-04 "Fixes, Framing, and Floods" 10/30/2010 (10/30/2010)
30-05 "A New Approach to the House" 11/06/2010 (11/06/2010)
30-06 "The Artistry of TOH and Jules Aarons" 11/13/2010 (11/13/2010)
30-07 "Progress On All Levels" 11/20/2010 (11/20/2010)
30-08 "Shingles, Ductwork, Lights, and a Pocket Door" 11/27/2010 (11/27/2010)
30-09 "Stucco, Kitchen Design, Roof, and Insulation" 12/04/2010 (12/04/2010)
30-10 "Landscape Decisions and a Duck Tour" 12/11/2010 (12/11/2010)
30-11 "Planning for the Pergola" 12/18/2010 (12/18/2010)
30-12 "Making the Most of Green Products" 12/25/2010 (12/25/2010)
30-13 "Absolute Curb Appeal" 01/01/2011 (01/01/2011)
30-14 "Front Yard Transformation" 01/08/2011 (01/08/2011)
30-15 "Systems, Security and Surfaces Take Shape" 01/15/2011 (01/15/2011)
30-16 "Transformation Complete!" 01/22/2011 (01/22/2011)
Los Angeles House
30-17 "TOH Goes Hollywood, Almost" 01/29/2011 (01/29/2011)
30-18 "Only in LA" 02/05/2011 (02/05/2011)
30-19 "Roof Tiles & Richard's Water Story" 02/12/2011 (02/12/2011)
30-20 "Secrets of Silver Lake" 02/19/2011 (02/19/2011)
30-21 "It Never Rains In California?" 02/26/2011 (02/26/2011)
30-22 "Spanish Style: Stucco, Ornamental Iron, Hand Glazed Tile" 03/05/2011 (03/05/2011)
30-23 "Kevin Goes Hollywood" 03/12/2011 (03/12/2011)
30-24 "Spanish Plaster, Soapstone, and a Star" 03/19/2011 (03/19/2011)
30-25 "More Spanish Style" 03/26/2011 (03/26/2011)
30-26 "So Long To Silver Lake" 04/02/2011 (04/02/2011)


Season 31 (2011)[edit]

Ep.Num. Title Airdate
The Bedford House
31-01 "Welcome to the Bedford Project" 10/06/2011 (10/06/2011)
31-02 "And the Work Begins" 10/13/2011 (10/13/2011)
31-03 "Work on the Addition Begins" 10/21/2011 (10/21/2011)
31-04 "New Entrance, Old Bricks" 10/27/2011 (10/27/2011)
31-05 "Yard and New Gable Wall" 11/03/2011 (11/03/2011)
31-06 "New Space Revealed" 11/10/2011 (11/10/2011)
31-07 "Insulation, Roofing" 11/17/2011 (11/17/2011)
31-08 "Kitchen Inspiration" 11/24/2011 (11/24/2011)
31-09 "A New Driveway" 12/04/2011 (12/04/2011)
31-10 "Interior Design Ideas" 12/08/2011 (12/08/2011)
31-11 "Milestones In and Out" 12/15/2011 (12/15/2011)
31-12 "A Major Milestone" 12/22/2011 (12/22/2011)
31-13 "On the Right Path" 12/29/2011 (12/29/2011)
31-14 "Doors and Tabletops" 01/08/2012 (01/08/2012)
31-15 "Final Touches" 01/12/2012 (01/12/2012)
31-16 "Final Reveal" 01/19/2012 (01/19/2012)
The Barrington Beach House
31-17 "An Introduction" 01/26/2012 (01/26/2012)
31-18 "Hurricane Irene" 02/02/2012 (02/02/2012)
31-19 "Building a Clambake!" 02/09/2012 (02/09/2012)
31-20 "A Newport Mansion" 02/16/2012 (02/16/2012)
31-21 "Coastal Landscape" 02/23/2012 (02/23/2012)
31-22 "The Finishes Begin" 03/01/2012 (03/01/2012)
31-23 "Cherry Kitchen" 03/08/2012 (03/08/2012)
31-24 "Wall Dressing" 03/15/2012 (03/15/2012)
31-25 "The Finish Line" 03/22/2012 (03/22/2012)
31-26 "Another Project Wraps" 03/29/2012 (03/29/2012)


Season 32 (2012)[edit]

Ep.Num. Title Airdate
The Cambridge 2012 House
32-01 "Scandinavian Modern?" 10/04/2012 (10/04/2012)
32-02 "Deconstruction and Design" 10/11/2012 (10/11/2012)
32-03 "Modernizing a Balloon Frame" 10/18/2012 (10/18/2012)
32-04 "Swedish Style" 10/25/2012 (10/25/2012)
32-05 "Landscape Plans, Roof Deck" 11/01/2012 (11/01/2012)
32-06 "Exterior Improvements" 11/08/2012 (11/08/2012)
32-07 "Old and New in Harmony" 11/15/2012 (11/15/2012)
32-08 "Plaster, Shingles, Radiant Heat" 11/22/2012 (11/22/2012)
32-09 "Gutters, Range, Fireplace" 11/29/2012 (11/29/2012)
32-10 "Swedish Design Details" 12/06/2012 (12/06/2012)
32-11 "Window Seat, Stairs, Knee Walls" 12/13/2012 (12/13/2012)
32-12 "Drywells, Kitchen Design, Deck Tiles" 12/20/2012 (12/20/2012)
32-13 "Hearthstone, Butcher Block Island" 12/27/2012 (12/27/2012)
32-14 "Secondary Spaces" 01/03/2013 (01/03/2013)
32-15 "The Big Finish" 01/10/2013 (01/10/2013)
The Essex House
32-16 "A Cottage in the Woods" 01/17/2013 (01/17/2013)
32-17 "Human Centered Design, Demolition" 01/24/2013 (01/24/2013)
32-18 "One-Level Living" 01/31/2013 (01/31/2013)
32-19 "Water Feature, Geothermal Heat" 02/07/2013 (02/07/2013)
32-20 "Cottage Style" 02/14/2013 (02/14/2013)
32-21 "Standing-Seam Roof, Lighting Rods" 02/21/2013 (02/21/2013)
32-22 "Rustic Plaster, Advanced Septic" 02/28/2013 (02/28/2013)
32-23 "Shiplap Walls, Finished Yard" 03/07/2013 (03/07/2013)
32-24 "Tiling, Floor Stains" 03/14/2013 (03/14/2013)
32-25 "Design for Everyone" 03/21/2013 (03/21/2013)
32-26 "A Home for Mom and Dad" 03/28/2013 (03/28/2013)


Season 33 (2013)[edit]

Ep.Num. Title Airdate
Jersey Shore Rebuilds
33-01 "After the Storm" 10/03/2013 (10/03/2013)
33-02 "Drastic Measures" 10/10/2013 (10/10/2013)
33-03 "Getting to Work" 10/17/2013 (10/17/2013)
33-04 "Built for Speed" 10/24/2013 (10/24/2013)
33-05 "Lines in the Sand" 10/31/2013 (10/31/2013)
33-06 "Go With the Flow" 11/07/2013 (11/07/2013)
33-07 "Stories from Sea Level" 11/14/2013 (11/14/2013)
33-08 "One Year Later" 11/21/2013 (11/21/2013)
The Arlington Italianate House
33-09 "A New Project in Arlington, Massachusetts" 01/04/2014 (01/04/2014)
33-10 "Old House Discoveries" 01/11/2014 (01/11/2014)
33-11 "Concrete Jungle" 01/16/2014 (01/16/2014)
33-12 "Quest for a Dry Basement" 01/23/2014 (01/23/2014)
33-13 "Getting to Level" 01/30/2014 (01/30/2014)
33-14 "Details on the Addition" 02/06/2014 (02/06/2014)
33-15 "Arlington Heights" 02/13/2014 (02/13/2014)
33-16 "Italianate Inspiration" 02/20/2014 (02/20/2014)
33-17 "Deadliest Old House?" 02/27/2014 (02/27/2014)
33-18 "Old World, New World" 03/06/2014 (03/06/2014)
33-19 "Hydrangeas and Hail Storms" 03/13/2014 (03/13/2014)
33-20 "Water, Water Everywhere" 03/20/2014 (03/20/2014)
33-21 "Brick, Trim, and Tile" 03/27/2014 (03/27/2014)
33-22 "Soapstone, Oval Frame" 04/03/2014 (04/03/2014)
33-23 "Made In The Shade" 04/10/2014 (04/10/2014)
33-24 "Decorative Details" 04/17/2014 (04/17/2014)
33-25 "Vent Hood, Garbage Disposers, Crown Molding" 04/24/2014 (04/24/2014)

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