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Follow the Emery family as they update their eight generation family home in Virginia and surrounding property in this reality show. The historic estate Mount Airey's main house was built in 1764 and has several buildings on the property that are in need of updating and renovating. The family tackles projects such as creating a curved kitchen, a modern family space and a guest wing out of oddly-shaped rooms but try to stick to the vintage feel of the house.

Aside from the main house there are many other tasks to be tackled such as a smokehouse that will be transformed into a speakeasy, creating an outdoor dining and cooking area and the ultimate man cave in memory of their grandfather. As the family makes progress, they realize the challenges of updating a 250 year old house as they become painfully apparent with crumbling walls and have to seek the approval of archaeological teams before starting outdoor projects.

Wednesdays 11:00 PM et/pt on diy network
1 Season, 10 Episodes
July 8, 2015
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American Rehab: Virginia Full Episode Guide

  • The Emerys create an outdoor cooking and dining area with a fire pit.

  • The Emerys convert an 18th century outbuilding into a functional man cave.

  • he Emerys take on the challenge of creating a casual family room.

  • The Emerys turn a smokehouse built in 1761 into a speakeasy-style bar.

  • On the main level of the west wing is the original laundry room where clothes were washed by hand. Despite its lack of flooring and crumbling walls, Catherine and Tayloe want to turn this space into a lounge for their guests. This is a massive undertaking with a lot of intricate details, like a suspended wood ceiling, opening up a brick wall to reveal the original archway, repurposing an old church pew and a very delicate piece of stained glass, incorporating the Tayloe family crest. They even use a piece of an old Mt Airy tree to create a table.

  • The lower level of the west wing has warped floors and crumbling brick walls and needs major restoration. The Emerys will turn this wasted space into a multi-functional mud room where they can wash up after a long day on the farm, do laundry, house their six dogs, store the kids sports equipment and even squeeze in a bathroom. It feels like they are starting from scratch with this renovation because this building doesn't even have plumbing yet!

  • When Catherine and Tayloe moved into Mt Airy, all of their furnishings went into storage and they lived with Tayloe's grandparents' furniture and decor. It's time for the master bedroom and bathroom to finally feel like their own space, a place to unwind at the end of a long day. They're tearing out most of the bathroom including replacing a makeshift attic ladder attached by a wire hanger.

  • Mt Airy was passed down to Catherine and Tayloe Emery, who are fixing it up so they can one day pass it on to their children and grandchildren. They are starting with the kitchen, which has an unusual narrow curved design. Its layout is impractical and its style is outdated, so they enlist the family to help make it a modern kitchen with a vintage feel.

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