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This Old House: Auburndale Project, Part 1 Of 16

Airs Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 1 p.m. on KPBS TV


Credit: Courtesy of ©Anthony Tieuli

Above: A "before" photo of the "This Old House" Auburndale project. The Auburndale project features a dated home situated on a postcard perfect plot of land along the Charles River of Boston. The stark 1940s suburban home, located in Auburndale, Massachusetts, doesn’t fit in with the charming neighboring properties and is in desperate need of major updating. The crew plans to infuse some character and curb appeal by adding new doors and a gabled roof to the garage, additional windows and a pergola to the front and creating an entirely new sun porch and deck with a waterfront view.

"This Old House" helps the Sharma family renovate their 1940s house on Boston’s famous Charles River. Out front, the home’s bland exterior will receive a curb-appeal makeover thanks to the creative ideas of architect Chris Chu.

On the inside, the house will get a new, larger kitchen, updated baths and loads of new windows to take advantage of the spectacular views out back.

General contractor Tom Silva conducts a structural investigation and cites concerns about a new EPA law affecting all contractors dealing with lead paint in 2010.

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey finds asbestos in the usual spots in the basement, but with the help of asbestos inspector Glenn Potter, it’s also discovered hiding in the ceilings, walls, under the kitchen sink and even in the joint compound.

Work gets underway as landscape contractor Roger Cook puts erosion control in place to protect the flood plain, while asbestos abatement contractor Brian Fitzsimons begins what will be nearly two solid weeks of asbestos removal.

Visit the "This Old House" website to browse photo galleries, get money saving ideas and watch how-to videos.

This Old House 2010 Season Preview: Auburndale Project

The "This Old House" crew gets ready to tackle it's next great renovation, a Dutch Colonial with a view of the Charles River in Auburndale, Massachusetts. Take a look at what's coming in the new season of "This Old House," premiering on PBS on October 7, 2010.

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