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This Old House: The Cambridge Project (New Season Premiere)

Airs Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 1 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: The Cambridge project sits in the densely packed urban neighborhood of Avon Hill. Homeowners Sally and John, along with their two young daughters, must preserve the exterior of their 1887 Victorian-era former two-family house to comply with conservation district standards.

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.

The crew of THIS OLD HOUSE: landscape contractor Roger Cook, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, master carpenter Norm Abram, host Kevin O'Connor and general contractor Tom Silva, in front of the Cambridge house.
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Above: The crew of THIS OLD HOUSE: landscape contractor Roger Cook, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, master carpenter Norm Abram, host Kevin O'Connor and general contractor Tom Silva, in front of the Cambridge house.

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The Cambridge Project - The 1887 Victorian-era home sits in the densely packed urban neighborhood of Avon Hill in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Homeowners Sally and John, with their two young daughters, must preserve the exterior of the former two-family house to comply with conservation district standards.

Inside, however, they will eliminate decades of 1960s and 70s remodeling that has already stripped much of the house’s historic character.

The result will be a new house within the shell of an old one − an open, modern, bright Scandinavian-style home with the kitchen, dining, and living area on the first floor, the kids’ bedrooms on the second floor, and a grand master suite in the third-floor attic space.

Beyond the design of the project, the THIS OLD HOUSE crew will deconstruct the interior and will re-use, recycle and resell as much of the salvaged material as possible.

They also will replace the electrical and plumbing systems, adding air conditioning for the first time, and upgrading the heating system and insulation to be more energy efficient.

The Cambridge Project will be broadcast in 15 episodes, Saturdays at 1 p.m. on KPBS Television.

Visit the THIS OLD HOUSE website to browse photo galleries, get money saving ideas and watch how-to videos. THIS OLD HOUSE is on Facebook.

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Preview: 33rd Season of This Old House

Above: The Emmy® Award-winning PBS home improvement series This Old House® will feature a 19th-century Victorian-era home in the city of Cambridge, Mass., and a woodland cottage circa 1935 in rural Essex, Mass., as its latest renovation projects for the upcoming 33rd national season. The locations represent a city-and -country theme and provide fresh angles that are remarkably different and even contrasting. The Cambridge Project will showcase a renovation for a young family in a bustling urban setting, while the Essex Project is a quiet country cottage that will be transformed into a universally accessible living space for aging parents.