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This Old House: Los Angeles Project, Part 1 Of 10

Airs Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 1 p.m. on KPBS TV

This charming 1930s Spanish Colonial Revival home located in the picturesque ...

Credit: Courtesy of Mark Lohman

Above: This charming 1930s Spanish Colonial Revival home located in the picturesque hillside community of Silver Lake will get a Hollywood makeover from the show’s expert crew. For the first time in its 30-year history, "This Old House" is traveling to Los Angeles to tackle a West Coast renovation project.

America’s favorite home improvement series, the Emmy Award-winning "This Old House," continues with host Kevin O’Connor, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Roger Cook and master carpenter Norm Abram.

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For the second project of the season, "This Old House" goes Hollywood with the first ever renovation project in the Los Angeles area. After seeing some of the local sights, master carpenter Norm Abram and host Kevin O’Connor arrive at the 1933 Spanish Colonial Revival project house in the hillside neighborhood of Silver Lake.

Homeowners Kurt Albrecht and Mary Blee plan to expand and renovate the 1,500-sq.-ft. house, while keeping and extending the character of the existing house into the small addition. Changes include a major kitchen renovation, a second floor addition and reconfiguration of the back half of the first floor.

Norm ventures up into the Hollywood Hills to meet general contractor Steve Pallrand at a job he’s been working on that showcases the unique challenges of building in Los Angeles.

Back at the house, site supervisor Angel Leon gets to work salvaging finish materials for later reuse. Project manager Joe Luttrell begins preparations to replicate the plaster “cake decorating” details on the walls, and takes some time to show Norm their salvage yard. Angel and Kevin review the plans and outline the scope of work for adding a second floor on the back of the house to gain a full master suite. In order to do that, they need to remove the roof, so roofing contractor John Dybas arrives to harvest the valuable antique clay roof tiles for future use.

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

Preview: This Old House: Los Angeles Project

Tune in as the Emmy® Award-winning television series "This Old House" kicks off its first-ever Los Angeles renovation on PBS. With the help of local tradespeople, the expert crew gives a 1933 Spanish Colonial Revival located in the neighborhood of Silver Lake a "Hollywood-style makeover."

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