This Old House Trade School

See what it's like to work alongside the pros and learn the tricks of the trades. THIS OLD HOUSE: TRADE SCHOOL, hosted by Kevin O'Connor, is a celebration of craftsmanship, vocational education, and excellence in the field of home improvement. This new series follows two residential construction projects and will offer viewers a master class in building methods and disciplines through step-by-step instructions demonstrated by the industry's leaders. Exploring everything from architecture, engineering and carpentry to plumbing, masonry and landscape design, THIS OLD HOUSE: TRADE SCHOOL will provide insight into the tricks of the trade from experts and professionals, as they renovate and restore America's homes from top to bottom.

Saturday 10:00 AM et/pt on The CW
2 Seasons, 47 Episodes
October 7, 2017
This Old House Trade School

This Old House Trade School Full Episode Guide

  • Roger meets aquatic systems specialist Yorgos Gregory to learn about the existing and neglected water feature and to see what it takes to restore it to good condition and function. Kevin meets Richard to learn the anatomy of water wells. Drilling expert Roger Skillings arrives with a drilling rig to diagnose and treat the problem. At the end of the day, Kevin finds the drilling rig still on site.

  • Tom and Roger are underway with site work so that the doorways can eventually be level with the ground, requiring no steps. Inside, demolition is underway, and on the second floor, it has revealed bizarre and unsafe framing from a previous renovation that will need to be fixed. At the small kitchen bump out, excavation is complete, and the footings are in progress. Architect Sally DeGan shows Kevin that in her practice, accessible homes don't have to be institutional.

  • Norm finds Tom reinstalling a little piece of nostalgia from the old house: an old-school doorbell that the homeowners wanted to keep. Next, Kevin finds Sally and kitchen designer Kathy Marshall settling Sally's stuff into her new kitchen and showing off its functional features: appliances, storage, sink, faucet, chopping block drawer, and even a hideaway step stool.

  • Kevin arrives to find Roger finishing up the driveway and the planting. Inside, Norm finds the first floor nearly complete

  • Stone specialist Danny Puccio shows Kevin how they are using pietra cardosa (Italian sandstone) turned upside down to achieve a rustic finish that goes with the Swedish theme. Norm visits Paul Grothouse in his state-of-the-art Pennsylvania shop for a meeting of the woodworking minds. The butcher block top for the kitchen island has a "waterfall edge" made with an eye-catching joinery technique called a dovetail key.

  • At the house, Roger shows Kevin how he's using two lightweight plastic drywells to deal with the water that will come off the roof. Inside, kitchen designer Kathy Marshall shows Kevin how she used cabinetry details and custom wood finishes to create a Scandinavian-inspired kitchen. Norm meets HVAC consultant Evan Trethewey to see a new thermostat that claims to be able to learn your habits and preferences. Tom shows Kevin how he's refurbishing the old pressure-treated deck.

  • Tom shows Kevin how he's making a new window seat fit into an old bay window. Norm installs the last of the maple stair treads, and creates a custom newel cap out of southern yellow pine. In the master bedroom, painting contractor Mauro Henrique use a whitewash stain with a lacquer finish to make our southern yellow pine ceilings look Swedish.

  • The interior of the Scandinavian-style house is crafted.

  • Norm and Kevin arrive to find the painters putting up a tinted primer with airless sprayers, turning the house from a bland grey to a sunny (and Swedish) yellow. Inside, Tom and Norm get to work trimming out the double hung windows on the second floor with an elegant, modern detail specified by the architect. Back outside, Norm finds custom gutter fabricator Augustin Crookston on site again to form and install the custom copper half round gutters for our project.

  • Host Kevin O'Connor meets Vito Bucco, a 60-year veteran of the plastering trade. Master carpenter Norm Abram and general contractor Tom Silva match the old staggered shingle pattern. In Boston's South End, Kevin visits interior designers Andrew Terrat and Dee Elms for a sneak peek at the Scandinavian Modern vision. Radiant heat and the boiler are going in.

  • Roger replaces the existing concrete front walk with a beautiful new bluestone design. Roger replaces the existing concrete front walk with a beautiful new bluestone design. Also, architect Michael Kim shows Kevin how modern and traditional can live in harmony.