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This Old House

Dream Kitchen (Part 4 of 8) (#2222)

Host Steve Thomas and master carpenter Norm Abram arrive in Lake Forest to find local carpenters braving the cold-crafting custom cedar siding for the exterior of the new kitchen addition. In the former greenhouse, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows Steve how he saved the homeowners valuable real estate by putting radiant heat under the floors and in the walls of the new eating area. Local historian Paul Bergmann shows Steve a shoreline mansion built in 1911 by one of Chicago's top architects, Benjamin Marshall. A reminder of a bygone era, it is for sale for $25 million. Project manager Jim Eimerman shows Norm the new steel beam in the basement, added level out and support the kitchen floor above, but the solution to this problem was the cause of another-the floor jacking caused substantial cracks in the plaster in other parts of the house. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: America's favorite home improvement series, the Emmy Award-winning THIS OLD HOUSE, 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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